Vail Valley Bizwatch: IMPACTenergy Environmental Consulting
January 27, 2011
Business name: IMPACTenergy Environmental Consulting.
Date opened: December, 2010.
Owners: Melissa Kline.
On the Web: http://www.impactenergyec.com.
What goods or services do you provide? IMPACTenergy Environmental Consulting is a one-stop resource for homeowners and building professionals. Through home energy assessments, home energy ratings and environmental services, we help our customers lower energy costs, increase energy efficiency, and improve comfort in their homes.
The process begins with a whole-house evaluation. During the assessment, we pinpoint where your home is losing energy and determine the efficiency of the heating and cooling systems. We use a variety of techniques and analytic equipment to measure the extent of air leaks in the building’s envelope and reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation. We then help you evaluate cost effective measures to reduce energy usage and increase personal comfort, saving you significant amounts of money over time.
What’s new or exciting at your place? Eagle County has just launched the EnergySmart Program. A recent $4.9 million grant from the Better Buildings Program is available to help you reduce energy consumption and provide access to financing and energy-efficiency home assessments.
The hassle of figuring out the smartest home improvement choices, wading through all the potential rebates and finance options, and even choosing a good contractor can be truly daunting. This program helps prioritize and walk participants through the process. We provide information about how energy assessments work and help identify the best rebate and financing options.
The time frame for the grant is limited. IMPACTenergy helps our customers take advantage of the first-come, first-serve rebates available for upgrading the energy efficiency of their homes. IMPACTenergy is pleased to be working with Eagle County to provide these services.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? IMPACTenergy partners with our customers to identify and prioritize solutions that will save money and reduce their energy impact on the community. We provide simple solutions for any budget and we team up with local contractors who are certified and can execute the action plan recommended for your home.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? We know that each home is unique and each customer has specific budget requirements, so we work with you to customize a solution. We provide a prioritized report outlining our recommendations for cost-effective, energy efficiency improvements. We partner with local contractors to implement those solutions. We stay engaged in the process from beginning to end.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I’m originally from New York and I moved to the Vail Valley about four years ago. My background is in architecture. I worked as a designer at a boutique firm in New York City and in Seattle, where I helped design a commercial building in China. I worked for Davis Partnership in the Vail Valley where I helped design Solaris, a high-end multi-use building in the heart of the Vail Village.
In addition to a degree in architecture, I am RESNET Certified Home Energy Rater, BPI Certified Building Analyst, and Certified Green Professional by NAHB.
I’m really passionate about using my industry experience and focusing on environmental sustainability through home performance. I know there is a significant impact that can be made by reducing the amount of energy consumed in both new and existing homes and I’m excited to help our community cut down our overall carbon footprint.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? When I first started studying energy assessments I mispronounced a tool called the manometer, which gauges the air pressure and air flow within buildings. I pronounced it MAN-O-Meter. My classmates would not let me live this down so on my first home energy assessment with a colleague, we told the homeowner the gauge was called a Man-O- Meter which measures the attractiveness of men, and that it would help calculate how rough and tough the house was. The homeowner said, “I thought I was getting an energy assessment”! Finally, my colleague gave in and let him in on the joke!