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Home Performance Design.

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When formulating our design, we consider the three “C’s: Climate, Construction, and Client. These three aspects must be designed in tandem to yield proper results and avoid the recurring performance losses experienced by other projects.

To deliver our design, we create an architectural binder, which the architectural team, builder of record, associated trades, and owners utilize.

To manage the design, a project manager is assigned to support questions, meetings, site visits, verification, and testing throughout the project lifeline.
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Texas is a unique setting in which to build a home. Luckily, TONER Home Performance provides a valuable understanding of how to design a home that will perform in the Hot Humid Climate zone of Texas.

Our homes can combat the humidity, heat, and mother nature so that the homeowners feel comfortable inside and their homes are as resilient as possible outside.

After 15 years of correcting failures in homes, we know what can go wrong, and we apply this knowledge at the front end of our design.
TONER Home Performance is an expert in:

HVAC, Insulation, Windows, Walls, Roofing, Attic Assemblies, Foundation Configurations, Building, Envelope, Drainage Plane, Dissipation Plane, Indoor Air Comfort and Quality, Micro Climate Standards, Solar Perpetuity Design, Historic Structures, and Coastal Applications, to name a few, and how they all work together as a system.
Every person, couple, and family present a performance need. Whether it be medical needs as simple as allergies for someone living with autoimmune issues or lifestyle choices that affect the indoor environment, such as oil painting or professional baking, we strive to ask the questions often missed by other professionals to fully understand the participants’ performance characteristics.

This part is crucial to the overall performance design. This criterion is normally at the root of future forensic or legal issues and is critical to a project’s success.

Part of our design process either fully or partially complies with the state energy code requirements, albeit in the correct version. 

The process does increase build costs, not because they are extra but because the project is not fully designed and specified without this process. There will be specifications that are beyond code and carry electricity costs. We pride ourselves on being creative designers and finding solutions for all price ranges. The best part is that even if you only apply some of the design, you are better than using no performance criteria.

You can set up a direct call with Toner or a team member by completing the schedule consultation form. We typically have those calls within 24 hours. There is no fee for the call. Based on your situation, we may request some documents related to your case for review and a second call. We do this if we can help move you forward with more reflection. There is also no fee for this effort.

THP provides energy certification as part of the Building Performance Design Process. It is not a priority but a byproduct of good, resilient design.

Some projects will use an “Energy Rater.” This person will utilize free online software to complete a ResCheck. Then, they will wait until the end of the project to do some testing and put a sticker inside the electrical panel. This is not the energy code certification process.

THP will produce a professional energy model meeting the full performance specifications, modify them as the project develops, and perform verification of the application of that specification during the construction phase (3-5 physical trips on average). Then, we will perform envelope and duct pressure testing at the completion. Last, we register the project on the national registry in our name.
As early as possible. We are a design stage consideration. We work with clients who don’t even own dirt but are assembling the concept and team. We work with many great architects and designers in the initial design phase or after plans are drawn. We work with builders committed to this process and with trades and manufacturers who require our presence on a project. If the project is too far along, we always try to help the situation, but many times, at that point, we are either performing forensics or Expert litigation support.
We primarily use flat rate pricing, which is unusual considering most folks who perform similar services are hourly. We like our clients to know precisely what they are paying and the deliverable. This also lets us control our average pricing. We are 30-50% less expensive than our competition, and our delivery is typically 30-50% faster.
We have a lot of experience, and with experience comes efficiency. We commonly go behind another trade that has spent many hours on site and find the solution in a fraction of the time. This efficiency translates to clarity and control for our clients.

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