Home Performance is a philosophy and a science 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, while taking 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.

As mentioned above, 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, are all potential 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 in the summer, poor quality lighting or incandescent lighting that creates unnecessary excess heat in the summer, 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.

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  • Ron Capel

    Our home on Bald Head Island never cooled properly. We tried bigger AC units without success. So we brought in Building Performance Specialists to help. BPS tested our home and came up with a great solution. Our house gets to the temperature we want now!

  • Barry Bankard
    Many thanks to Skye, Danny and crew! You guys are the best! Other attempts to correct my heating/cooling problems failed. It was not until BPS took control that I got much needed results.
  • Matt Collogan

    53% RH in crawl space, outdoor is 94%!!! Thanks Skye and Danny and Team! The house is actually starting to smell and feel better. I hope to send you along some referrals. Happy Monday,
    Matt

  • Pat & Ken Rittenmeyer

    I would like to commend Building Performance Specialists for a job well done. We recommend them strongly to anyone with a moisture intrusion problem or those just wanting to improve the livability of their home environment. BPS tested our house and identified the problems.

  • J. Russel

    Building Performance Specialists recently completed a crawlspace job at my house and I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs their services. They were professional, efficient and timely in completing their work to solve my moisture problem.

  • Jim & Ellie Bierman

    Skye and his team used their extensive knowledge of products in the design phase of our project, and his state of the art technologies during the construction phase, to create an energy efficient and comfortable beach house.

  • Steve Swain, Coastal Cypress Building Company

    Building Performance Specialists is a key partner in the construction of our energy efficient well designed homes. Skye Dunning's guidance enables us to deliver Homes to our clients that perform well, saves them money, and provides a comfortable living environment.

  • Mary Jo Cameron

    Skye and Danny from Building Performance Specialists came in and solved an ongoing moisture issue which no one else could figure out. They are the best!!!

  • Beverly Foscolo

    Once again I would like to thank you for the excellent job you and your staff did for me.  As you know, I previously had a problem with a neighbor’s smoking habits interfering with my air quality in my townhouse.

  • Beverly Foscolo

    Once again I would like to thank you for the excellent job you and your staff did for me.  As you know, I previously had a problem with a neighbor’s smoking habits interfering with my air quality in my townhouse.