February 27th, 2009
When a member of your family is sick, you probably call the doctor. But what about when your home is sick? Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters is probably not an option, but invisible house issues need to be dealt with.
A house might be considered â€śsickâ€ť if it never seems warm enough, cool enough or maybe has utility bills that are sky high.
Thatâ€™s when you want to call in a specialist in sustainable home retrofitting. Itâ€™s a relatively new field, although bits and pieces of the industry have been around for a while, just not under one roof, so to speak.
Mike Rogers, senior vice president of GreenHomes America in Syracuse, N.Y. and Irvine, Ca., calls it one-stop shopping. And more and more companies are emerging that can handle the multitude of tasks required for a full home retrofit.