By Melissa Kandel
Not many people get excited about dead animal smells, mold growing in bathrooms, or leaky attics, but for employees at the Building Performance Institute Inc., it’s all in a day’s work. The company uses building science, house-as-a-system, and home performance analytics to determine if a home is safe, comfortable and livable for buyers and sellers alike.
Their research was outlined in Saturday’s lecture, “Behind the Walls: Housing Secrets Revealed,” during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando. The company’s research is aimed at helping REALTORS® present properties that won’t need repair just a few years down the newly cobblestoned road.
“These houses look great on the outside but what we don’t see is what can happen,” said John Jones, national technical director at BPI. Hidden construction issues like insufficient fresh air, disconnected ducts, poor insulation levels, and carbon monoxide leaks not only chip away at ceilings and walls of a home, they also chip away at the credibility of the REALTORS® who sell them.