A Rater with Security Clearence

Special Issue 2005
A version of this article appears in the Special Issue 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2005
        Lee O’Neal traces his development as a HERS rater back to the time when his company, NSpects Ltd., inspected a home in a Virginia subdivision.This home had utility bills that were $200–$300 less than its neighbors, and this piqued O’Neal’s curiosity.“We inspected his home four different times during the construction process,” says O'Neal. “We found insulation problems, HVAC problems, and windows and doors that were not installed properly and therefore did not seal properly.All total we found 142 construction defects, which where corrected during construction.”         On top of the low utility bills, the homeowner was the envy of the neighborhood because his house was comfortable year round.“I used to live in a two-story home with my office upstairs,” O’Neal says.“I just got used to being boiled at my desk in the winter and freezing in other parts of the house in the summer. Like everyone else at the time, I thought you couldn’t do anything about it but complain.”         O&...

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