As many homebuilders and remodeling professionals know, energy-efficient homes are becoming more of a top priority for the homebuyer today—to the extent where green homes are even selling faster than standard-built homes in some cases. However, existing homeowners want a piece of the pie as well.

The BPI (Building Performance Institute), www.bpi.org, Malta, N.Y., is a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy-efficient retrofit work, offering professional certification examinations on the assessment and upgrade of residential buildings.

Last week, Hampton Luxury Homes, www.hlxhomes.com, Bridgehampton, N.Y., announced its subsidiary Telemark Service and Maintenance is going to participate in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, which is accredited by BPI.

Telemark Service and Maintenance provides ongoing property management, maintenance, and service for custom homes and luxury vacation homes throughout the eastern end of Long Island, N.Y.

Through the program, Telemark Service and Maintenance is able to perform a CHA (comprehensive home assessment). With the assessment, Telemark can compile information about carbon monoxide levels and moisture problems; air infiltration rates and insulation rates; HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air condition) efficiency; hot water system efficiency; and lighting and major appliance efficiency.

After performing the assessment, which typically takes between one and three hours, Telemark is able to provide clients with a cost estimate to do the recommended improvements.

This is just one example of how residential building professionals can help make homes more energy efficient for clients.

Some of the technology solutions that can help improve energy efficiency in homes include lighting-control technology, HVAC controls, and connected appliances, among others.

As the green trend continues to gain more momentum in homebuilding and remodeling, it will be interesting to see what new services and technologies homebuilders will continue to offer in the home.