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We want to understand your home (or your client's home) and how it is used. There are many systems present to take stock of, much data to collect, and it's also important to get to know the people who live in the house. Occupants provide crucial information that is tough to get from anywhere else. Also, solutions should be tailored to those who live with them, and things like schedules, routines, and even allergies can shift the balance of favor from one approach to another.

The best way to find out how to improve the performance and livability of your home is to undergo a Whole Home Performance Assessment, similar in concept to an energy audit. Our assessments include:

  • Stakeholder interview (owners, occupants, contractor, etc.)
  • Energy Consumption Analysis using your utility data
  • Visual inspection of exterior, living space, attics, basements, crawl spaces, and garages
  • Visual inspection of insulation, doors, and windows
  • Visual inspection of mechanical systems (heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water)
  • Rough floorplan design sketch for dimensions, and for the consideration of design modifications
  • Blower Door Test to quantify draftiness, locate weak points in the building's airtightness, and assess ventilation needs
  • Duct Blaster Test of all duct systems to quantify draftiness and locate points of leakage
  • Combustion Appliance Zone (CAZ) Test to ensure that gas lines and gas appliances are safe (or find out they aren't!) and evaluate the need for design modification
  • Written report detailing results, recommendations, and project proposals. Includes copious amounts of photos.
  • Follow-up meeting with stakeholders (owners, occupants, contractor, etc.) to discuss results of the assessment and recommendations for the home

​Whole Home Performance Assessments start at as little as $299, and vary in price based on the size and complexity of the bulding. 

A Home Performance Assessment is a valuable tool to have at your disposal when considering a home improvement project - regardless of whether you think that project has or should have any impact on your home's energy consumption, livability, comfort, or safety.

Your home consists of many inter-related systems. In most homes, these systems are not in sync with one another, leading to discomfort (hot/cold), high humidity, poor indoor air quality, excessive energy consumption, and even serious safety problems.


Most home performance contractors have their roots in a specific trade, usually Insulation or Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC). Their range of solutions is usually confined to a very narrow scope of services, and they may view your home like a horse wearing blinders, treating home performance problems without appreciation for the design aspects you value.

Many general contractors have a terrific eye for aesthetics and design, but many be less familiar with the system interactions that dictate performance in a home. In today's "race to the bottom", where contractors are pitted against one another to deliver the lowest bid, many contractors feel like they have to control costs somewhere. Unfortunately, since insulation is always covered, draftiness can't be seen, and mechanical equipment is usually stuffed in a closet or crawl space, performance is what suffers. I can't tell you how many times I've gone into a new home, or a home that was just remodeled with a new kitchen, bathroom, and windows, that suffers from poor performance. 

Although a home's performance can often be improved without affecting the aesthetics or design, performance improvements are most effective when completed during initial construction or a major renovation. The best projects improve both aesthetics and performance, and that synergy is what reNew Home exists to capture.


reNew Home works with homeowners, contractors, and property managers to take a synergistic approach to home construction and renovation. Many of us live in beautiful old (or not-so-old) homes, but the enjoyment, peace, and value we should be getting out of our homes is diminished by poor performancereNew Home thinks your home should look great and perform well.

High Performance Homes recognize the interactions that take place among the different systems that are incorporated into the construction of a home. We focus on how energy, heat, air, and moisture move into, out of, and within a particular home, and implement custom-tailored solutions to make your new or existing home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Along the way, we make sure that these performance improvements don't cause any side effects that are harmful to the home or its occupants. At the completion of the project, you can expect your home to be quieter, more comfortable, less expensive to live in, and more beautiful than ever!

Why Choose Us?

reNew Home is a young company, but our experience base is vast. Founder and Principal John Kidda has been in the Home Performance field since 2009. His experience in construction trade production, technical oversight, vocational training, and project management have shaped what reNew Home is today. We firmly believe that comprehensive home performance is best accomplished through a network of specialized talent coordinated by a building science specialist, who stays personally involved with a project from the initial consultation until the commissioning is complete, and seeks ongoing feedback from customers as improved homes weather the seasons.

We are fully insured and hold the following certificates:

  • ​Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater
  • Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) Contractor
  • EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Certified