- Energy Code Assistance
- Indoor Air Quality
- Energy Efficiency
- HVAC Design & Testing
- Building Science Training
Increase revenue and easily meet code requirements!
Reduce Costs, Increase Revenue & Boost Customer Satisfaction
Today’s consumers are more informed than ever before, and the demand for healthy, high-performance homes is growing rapidly. We can help you meet this demand, have greater customer satisfaction and build healthier, efficient and more comfortable homes that will set you apart from other builders. And did we mention that truly healthy and efficient homes sell for a premium price which means higher profit?
Priority Energy’s knowledge and services can make it easier for Illinois builders and architects to create dream homes that outperform all the others at little to no additional cost or production time. Our team can help you design your homes to minimize investment, easily meet energy codes and maximize performance.
Spend less time going back to your completed homes so you can focus on your next builds! Get Priority Energy’s experts involved from the very beginning for the best performance results and fewer call backs. Whether you are building from scratch, doing a renovation or adding an addition, our certified building science team will guide you through all the stages of planning and construction from design concept to the final blower door test. We have the tools, training and experience to help your projects run smoothly and perform as expected.
Get the Recognition Your Homes Deserve
Priority Energy will ensure your projects not only meet the IECC 2015 building code, we can also verify homes for advanced government-backed programs, including:
HERS Index Rating
...And other environmental and energy efficiency protocols
Our Proven Steps to Build a High Performance Home:
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Save Money & Time & Meet Performance Standards
How do you know if the project you have designed will perform effectively? Will the structure meet the IECC 2015 code requirements? Is there going to be sufficient ventilation for the number of occupants? Components such as the building envelope, or shell, the mechanical equipment, windows, doors and even the building’s orientation, have an impact on energy consumption and home performance.
Energy models can save you time and money by testing both performance and prescriptive methods to code compliance. Priority Energy will help you make educated construction decisions to match your budget. We can show you where to make tradeoffs, such as insulation, mechanicals and/or ventilation while minimizing investment. Let our building envelope specialists provide you with the most effective path to meet your goals.
Step 2: Mechanical Design
HVAC Sizing Reports for Easy Code Compliance & Building Permits
One size (HVAC system) does not fit all! Our mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) experts will determine what type and size of equipment will suit your project and performance requirements. New mandates, from both the IECC (since 2012) and the State of Illinois (since 2016), require builders to have Manual J and S reports prior to obtaining a village building permit.
Priority Energy uses ACCA/ANSI approved software to perform load calculations (Manual J), ductwork design and sizing (Manual D), and
mechanical equipment sizing (Manual S).
Step 3: Aeroseal
Duct Sealing to Easily Meet Code Standards & Save Energy
Aeroseal is the only duct sealing method guaranteed to pass today’s more stringent code standards. Many builders and engineers now specify Aeroseal duct sealing in their initial design plans for both new construction and upgrade projects. That’s because Aeroseal is much quicker, less labor intensive and less expensive in the long run than isw sealing ducts with tape and mastic.
Your customers will like Aeroseal, too! Duct sealing not only saves energy, it also makes homes more comfortable, improves indoor air quality (especially great for allergy sufferers!) and increases the durability of the HVAC system.
Priority Energy’s highly trained technicians can complete most jobs in less than a day with a specially-developed computerized sealing system. Keep the good air in and the bad air out. Call today for your free quote.
Step 4: Test & Verify
IECC Duct Leak Tests, Blower Door Tests & Performance Verification
We know you are on a tight construction schedule. Priority Energy’s BPI certified technicians can quickly and accurately perform duct leak and blower door tests and will get the verification reports back to you within 24 hours. Schedule your IECC test today.
Energy Star and Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) require more rigorous performance testing throughout all stages of construction in order to attain these EPA and DOE-backed certifications. Priority Energy’s certified HERS raters can guide you through this advanced process, and provide the verification tests you need for national recognition for these code standards.
Step 5: Take Advantage of Other Services
Installation Inspection, Contractor Verification & Consulting
Ever wonder if your contractors/subs are “doing it right”? Priority Energy’s work doesn’t end at the design stage! Our knowledge of code requirements, insulation standards, air sealing, HVAC systems, thermostats, ventilation and humidity control, combined with our construction experience, can help you be sure that corners aren’t being cut--literally!
Don’t let one poorly-installed component compromise the performance and durability of your project. We provide contractor verification and inspection assistance for new home construction, retrofit jobs and home additions. You can confidently complete your job and have another happy customer!
Train & Certify Your Team to Target New Markets
If you’re looking to expand the skill set of your construction team and enhance your company’s credibility, Priority Energy has the training classes to get you BPI or RESNET-certified. We offer top-level, hands-on instruction to meet the standards of today’s high-performance building industry. We offer public or customized classes which can be held in your office, in the field or at our training facility.
One-Stop Source for Water & Moisture Management
You’ll save sourcing time at Priority Energy because of the solutions and services we can provide to complete your projects. Our products, such as ventilating dehumidifiers, HRVs and Clean Air furnaces, combined with our water and moisture management tools like rain screening, drainage planes and water barriers can help. We do more so our customers can focus on what they do best!
Rebates & Incentive Programs
Our team processes rebates and incentives quickly for qualifying energy efficiency projects and new construction. Priority Energy will certify and file all paperwork for available rebates and/or incentives, including utility-based rebates, the 45L tax credit, 179D and more.
If your company is planning a project that requires advanced energy efficiency expertise, contact the team at Priority Energy to explore ways we can work together to achieve your business goals!
Looking to build your own energy efficienct, healthy home? Visit our page for home owners. We can help with new construction or exisiting home projects.
Priority Energy will lead a trial installation of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Extended Plate & Beam wall system for a Chicago-area home builder.
Dust in an average U.S. house contains more than 5,000 species of bacteria and more than 2,000 types of fungi! A study on dust and indoor air quality was conducted on 1200 homes by the Univ.