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Show 98 - Energy Efficiency - Above and Beyond Industry Standards

Paul Kriescher, founder of Lightly Treading

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Paul Kriescher, founder of Lightly Treading, joins us on this episode of The Art of Construction to explain cutting-edge energy efficiency techniques and trends.

From water use reductions to heating and cooling systems, Paul wants to help homeowners and builders understand that exceeding industry standards is not only better for the environment but will ultimately save money in lower heating and water costs. Take a listen to this episode to learn how to find a “construction doctor” who can help you diagnose and treat your home or building energy inefficiencies.

With 20+ years of experience in the Colorado market, Lightly Treading works to bring ever more sustainability and “living building" performance into buildings via energy-efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy to your properties.

  • Bench-marking of existing multifamily & commercial buildings utility bills.

  • Level 1, 2 & 3 energy audits of existing multifamily & commercial buildings. This includes cost/benefit modeling of upgrade for today as part of “Reserve Studies” planning for 5+ years down the road.

  • Passive solar, Passive House, ENERGY STAR, Enterprise Green Communities and house-as-a-system design consulting for new construction and renovations.

  • Energy Ratings of new construction and renovations…we believe “you get what you inspect, not what you expect”

Paul talks about this and more as to the “why” and “how” to make existing and new buildings and homes sustainable work for the bottom-line of the buyer, builder and developer…

Bio: While working as a Grants Manager and Construction Supervisor for Habitat for Humanity (HFH) in 1995-1996, Paul observed the fact that simple, decent but “cheap” housing could simultaneously hurt the pocketbook of a family and the quality of the environment. By performing economic analyses and heat-load calculations, Paul was able to demonstrate for HFH Metro Denver that the practice of building only to Code had cost families more than $570/year in added utilities and the environment an extra ~3.6 tons of CO2/year. After he helped HFH Metro Denver increase insulation by 25%, reduce air-leakage by 35%, cut duct-leakage, add Low-e coatings to windows, and incorporate ENERGY STAR lighting and appliances, Paul looked further and saw that for-profit builders were typically doing no better. Thus a company was born which would be dedicated to builder and homeowner education regarding better material choices, building science practices, and the merits of programs such as ENERGY STAR.

As one of the first companies of its kind, Lightly Treading has continually adjusted and expanded their services to meet the needs of clients. Their team of energy auditors and energy raters serve as third-party consultants providing clients with the knowledge to take the next step towards energy efficiency.

Their staff comes with a wide range of certifications and skill backgrounds and actively participates in numerous community volunteer efforts. Lightly Treading makes a donation of services to Habitat for Humanity to further its mission of providing simple, decent, affordable housing to individuals and families.

Today Lightly Treading works to educate homeowners, builders, commercial property owners, building science professionals and community members about energy efficiency and improved comfort in new and existing homes and small buildings. Their team specializes in residential home performance assessments including HERS energy ratings, quality assurance and control inspections, electrical audits and energy audits. Lightly Treading conducts energy efficiency workshops and building science trainings and provides consulting services, as well.

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