Building Sciences LLC offers home performance services in northern New Jersey

What is Home Performance?

Home performance is a science-based approach to home improvement work based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable and efficient.

After all, homes — probably the biggest investment most of us will ever make — are one of the few things we purchase that don't come with an instruction manual. Is a home comfortable? Reasonably energy efficient? Safe and healthy? These are all considerations that a homeowner will either take for granted (we would assume, after all, that the air inside a home wouldn't be a potential health hazard), or simply neglect.

These are the considerations that a home performance contractor sets out to address. A whole home contractor takes into account the interconnectedness of homes and the relationships between each of the home's components. In accord with this holistic approach, a home performance contractor will assess, and then address, any of these potential problems within a home.

Home performance is based upon what we call the 5 pillars of home performance:

1) Safety

Assessing the safety of a home is an important part (maybe the most important) of a home performance contractor's job. Backdrafting appliances that may be sending carbon monoxide into the home, unsafe levels of formaldehyde from building materials and more hard-to-detect issues all pose safety issues that a home performance contractor is trained to address.

2) Health

Indoor air quality is listed by the EPA as one of the top environmental threats to human health. A home performance contractor's job is to ensure that your home's indoor air quality is not a threat to you or your family's health.

3) Comfort

Our home is our refuge. It should be comfortable. Drafty rooms, cold spots, unpleasant humidity and heat, poor quality lighting or incandescent lighting that creates heat are all avoidable unpleasantries. A home performance contractor can help.

4) Durability

Imperfections within a building, in addition to causing discomfort raising health concerns, can also have long term repercussions. Moisture problems causing rot in framing, or insufficient insulation causing ice dams, are among the durability concerns that a home performance contractor will pinpoint, then tackle.

5) Efficiency

Last but not least, home performance is about ensuring that a home is cost effective to live in. If a mechanic told you that a few simple improvements could drastically improve the fuel efficiency of your car, that's something most of us would jump on. That's what a home performance contractor does for your house.

Get in touch today to learn what a Building Sciences home performance contractor can do for you. 

Air sealing, believe it or not, is one of the most cost effective energy efficiency improvements a building can undergo. Equally important, a lack of air sealing can greatly reduce the effectiveness of any insulation that is installed.

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For most homeowners, performing a residential energy retrofit is among the smartest and most cost effective ways to reduce home energy use and save money, month after month. Whether undertaken individually or as part of a larger renovation effort, Building Sciences LLC offers comprehensive home energy remodeling services that have lasting benefits from day one.

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When I first signed up for the Home Performance program I was hesitant about how much effort it was going to take to complete this project from start to finish. I had only heard about it from a friend. When I called Building Sciences everyone I spoke with was so pleasant and helpful, they walked me through the program’s process, always had answers when I had questions and were very accommodating with my busy schedule. In hindsight I don’t know why I worried, your company made this process so easy for me.

Michael M.
Jackson, NJ
The owner of this home was trained as an engineer and had very specific needs that he demanded to be met down to the smallest detail. After... Read More


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