Paul Welschmeyer Architects provides energy consulting for residential structures. Energy efficiency and Architectural Design are combined into a service called Energy & Architectural Master Planning, which optimizes the energy efficiency of a design through iterative thermal performance modeling. This in-depth process also includes numerous educational opportunities for the home owner regarding proper construction and operation of an energy efficient home.
For new construction, this results in increased efficiencies (30% - 50%) beyond the minimum defined by California’s Energy Code (Title-24), and required for any city enforced Green Building ordinance, such as LEED for Homes or Green Point Rated. For existing homes, these services result in a HERS II Rating of the existing house and the new design, defining the energy efficiency improvements (30% - 50%), which is required to receive financial incentives approximating $5,000 from Federal, State and Utility energy efficiency incentive programs.
We also provide energy consulting services to other Architects and General Contractors in the form of General Energy Efficiency Consultation, HERS Energy Compliance Testing (as required by the Building Department) and HERS II Ratings, also known as Whole House Energy Rating, which is certified by the California Energy Commission.