Jon Maxwell has worked for the past 14 years in the green development
and home performance industries.
He currently works as an Energy Rater, teaches courses in Building
Science (RESNET, BPI), and provides Quality Assurance for
the work of other Energy Raters, verifying the accuracy of their work.
Working as an Energy Rater, Jon performed over 100 ratings in the
state's HERO Program, advising homeowners how to improve their home's
energy efficiency and verifying the work of their improvement contractors -
resulting in more than $100,000 in state rebates for his clients.
Jon provides energy modeling to architects and home designers to improve the energy efficiency
of their homes during the design phase. He partners with builders to advise them on best practices, provide them quality control on the work of their subs, certify new homes as ENERGY STAR and Enterprise Green Communities compliant, and qualify homes for Energy Efficient Home federal tax credits.
Homeowners work with him to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality of their existing homes. They benefit from advice on improvements that make economic sense and from recommendations of contractors who produce excellent work
at a fair price.
Before becoming an Energy Rater, Jon worked on a design and development team for green townhouses in Western North Carolina. He also developed a 52 acre green subdivision on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Prior to green development and home performance work, Jon ...
* Co-founded an organization development consulting and training company, spending 14 years improving the performance of Manager and Executive-level teams of multi-national corporations.
* Co-owned the largest independent lubricating oil/chemical packaging company in the U.S. and managed the New Orleans plants.
* Co-founded and managed the Whole Food Company in New Orleans, later sold to Whole Foods Market, their first acquisition outside of Texas.
Working with Energy Efficiency NOW, Jon particularly enjoys helping people improve their homes and assisting architects discover novel ways to improve home performance without adding to the cost of the homes they design. Particularly engaging for him is investigating attics, the "soul of a house."
Founder and Principal
Whether you are insulating your attic or installing a new air conditioner, excellent work means ...
Proper Design -
We help you choose the right products and design, considering your home as a unique, integrated system.
We create a written scope-of-work for contractors, so it is clear what products and performance you are getting.
"Good products" are only good if they are installed correctly. We scientifically verify performance, ensuring products are installed according to design and that performance requirements are met.
A fair price is a "proper" relationship between what you get and what you pay for it - a price that gives you good value and is also fair for the people who do the work.
We have conducted home inspections, audits, and energy ratings for years and know what excellent work looks like. We also know what it should cost.
We have inspected and tested the work of scores of contractors and know which ones consistently do high quality work at a fair price.
Some home systems these days are fairly complex. For example, your air conditioning system involves temperature control, humidity management, fresh air considerations, filtration and air quality issues, and cost of operation.
Relatively few homeowners are mechanical engineers familiar with residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems - and are unable to distinguish between fact and sales people's hype
We have the knowledge-base and testing equipment to ensure you get excellent performance at a fair price.
WE WORK FOR YOU.
OUR JOB IS TO MAKE SURE YOU GET EXCELLENT WORK AT A FAIR PRICE.