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Managing a Renovation Contractor: More Information
April, 2018

This is a helpful guide for homeowners looking to understand and achieve energy-efficient heating and cooling:


Contractors and homeowners can find guidance on ensuring good air quality is maintained during an energy efficiency retrofit through the EPA’s document “Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades,” found at


For insight into the risks of poor installation, look over this quick and handy page


This article gives a concise but thorough walk-through of how to manage a home-renovation project


This article gives advice on how to deal with a project when things don’t work out with the contractor. It’s worth reading before you start, to provide a note of caution to guide your interactions.

HVAC technicians or energy auditors can use diagnostic equipment to measure air leakage and air flow. Photo Credit: Public Domain,