Energy Efficiency Software Gives Industry Overhaul

Recurve energy-efficiency services has this week announced the release of a software which can help cut emissions in the home.

The software is the first of a planned series, and will allow experts to generate a home-efficiency report with recommendations and a proposal for work.

The application is designed to run on a tablet PC with Java or Flash.

According to Adam Winter, head of building science for the company, the software should help home contractors by automating some of their regular, time consuming tasks.

Recurve has said that in the longer term, they plan to release more modules to the software which can create an "enterprise resource management for the whole home performance industry."

Winter stated, "Our goal is to enable our competitors--one hundred percent." "We see a massive influx of awareness (among consumers) and contractors coming to market. Our operations are more research and development and a proving ground."

The Recurve software could be used to reshape the work of efficiency professionals, however the federal incentives are poised to give the overall industry a jolt later this year with the Home Star program.

This system will provide home owners tax credits of up to $3000 for making investments in home efficiency, such as buying more efficient appliances or contracting insulation work.

There is concern that there will not be a sufficiently large skilled workforce to carry out the work generated when this proposal is passed

Winter stated, "There are a lot of mom-and-pop shops that can be successful in home performance because the owner is also running the retrofit themselves but that makes it hard for (the industry) to scale," Winter said.

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