We are here to assist you with addressing homeowner concerns for comfort and overall enjoyment of their home. Many homeowners have identified inconsistent comfort levels in certain areas of a building. This would include colder rooms in the winter, upstairs levels that become uncomfortably hot in the summer months, or rooms with great views that need to keep the blinds closed to avoid overheating from intense sunlight. All of this can be addressed with our proven building science solutions. Comfort issues are the most common concerns identified by our customers.
Another homeowner concern we address is attributed to unwanted sound or noise entering a living space. Multifamily buildings with upstairs neighbors, hearing someone’s entertainment systems, or noise from common areas and public stairways. We also address noise coming from outside the building either from vehicle traffic or general noise from groups of people.
Radon is a common concern in our Colorado mountain communities. Colorado is located in Zone 1 which represents high radon potential. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health, about 50% of homes have radon levels higher than the EPA’s acceptable levels. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Without proper testing this odorless, colorless gas will go undetected.
4 Peaks has the equipment to digitally test radon levels over a set period of time. Our digital equipment will provide a verified report and chart of data samples indicating test levels. With the ability to see radon level variations, our building scientists have a greater ability to identify problem areas and develop a solution to reduce the radon level to an acceptable level. The World Health Organization recommends action be taken if levels are about 2.0 pCi/L and the EPA recommends action be taken if levels are greater than 4.0 pCi/L.
Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) are mechanical ventilation systems used to reduce the heating and cooling demands, while providing the opportunity to filter the air entering the home. The benefit of these energy saving systems occurs when the system exchanges inside conditioned air with fresh outside air. During this exchange the system maintains at least 75% of the heat from the inside air by preheating the colder outside air as it enters the home. It’s important to maintain a healthy amount of fresh air entering the conditioned living space. This managed air supply also has the ability to incorporate HEPA filters which greatly improves the quality of air. Today’s challenges with dust, atmosphere impurities, and smoke will be managed so you can assure your building occupants are living in an efficient and healthy indoor environment.
VOC and toxic impurities are common issues affecting your indoor air quality. Contamination from items stored or used in a home will cause an unhealthy living environment. Our team of professionals will identify sources and provide recommendations to address unwanted pollutants in the building. Many of these toxic elements go undetected and can cause homeowner health issues. We often work with people with allergies and respiratory conditions that require special attention to ensure unwanted episodes are not triggered by your building. Our building science solutions will address your specific concern or we can perform a home assessment to identify unknown sources.
Colorado’s harsh climate is continually applying stress on your building, affecting its long term performance. We know the weather challenges and have years of experience addressing issues that develop in our mountain communities. It's common for our team to receive calls from customers who identified issues after the problem has developed into a critical situation. Unfortunately when this occurs the cost to repair is much greater than if we would have proactively identified the issues earlier.
Our team of construction professionals deliver solutions to address external water management, roof ice dams without the need of heat tape, frozen pipes that cause water damage, and internal moisture control.
Improve your building’s performance and save money on utilities. We deliver verified results you will notice everyday. Almost all of our customers improve their energy performance by addressing underperforming insulation and sealing air leaks.
Most buildings do not meet today’s building code requirements for insulation. Our skilled team of professionals will address key areas of the building to improve insulation performance. Buildings constructed before performance standards were implemented, can be improved by our proven techniques. With our infrared cameras, we typically find areas that have missing insulation, gaps between traditional fiberglass batts, or improperly installed products. For older buildings that were built with lower performing code standards, the impact is two fold. First they started with less insulation and then over time fiberglass batt insulation will lose its insulating properties. We use the latest techniques and materials to improve your building’s insulation. After the insulation upgrade is completed, we will test and verify the improvement.
It’s typical for homes that are built to standard codes to not address common areas of air infiltration. Our infrared inspection services identify areas of air leakage and pinpoints specific gaps in the building envelope that allow outside air to enter your home. Our team of professionals will close gaps and seal areas where air is entering the home. After the team is finished, we will verify the gaps were sealed by rechecking with our digital infrared cameras. The before and after images demonstrate the work was completed to desired standards.
Modern lighting fixtures are designed to use less energy and provide a welcoming light spectrum for homeowners. In addition to using less energy, new ceiling fixtures also provide a tight air seal which reduces air leakage. Proper installation is required to maximize the benefit from lighting improvements. After installation our team will verify proper operation with our infrared cameras.