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Picture of me with blowerdoor and hand cast Even with a cast on I can still handle a blower door.


About me

I'm Bill Smith, the owner of Building Diagnostics. I have spent most of my working life trying to make buildings better.

As a contractor and remodeler I did carpentry of all types. I always got excited when I learned how to do something better. I still get excited when I learn something new about how buildings, and the systems in them, work.

My interest in the environment led me into green building. Being a frugal type energy efficiency had an enormous appeal; being a builder I was concerned about the quality of buildings. When I started learning building science I was able to put it all together. I started Building Diagnostics in 2001 to serve the relatively new market for energy audits.

Initially most of my work was in the residential field. I soon found that a lot of small businesses had major issues with the energy use in their buildings too. Before long I realized that the building shell and the equipment in it were equally important in the commercial world.

I had learned a bit about lighting over the years, so I expanded on that. I also began learning about the other common energy loads that are encountered in various commercial settings. Since learning is my favorite pastime I was enjoying this all a great deal.

In early 2007 I took the position of Program Administrator for Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs with The New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. For almost two years I worked with a great team of people and I saw a lot of commercial buildings. From schools and municipal buildings to hotels, convenience stores, supermarkets and factories, I worked with them all. I also discovered that while there were lots of companies that would audit lighting or refrigeration no one looked at the whole energy package, including the building.

In late 2008 I left the Co-op to serve the need among small and medium sized businesses and towns for comprehensive energy audits. While large companies can hire large engineering firms to do comprehensive, and expensive, audits, no one was offering that service to small towns and businesses.

My business model is simple; I do complete evaluations of facilities. From the building shell and heating and cooling equipment to lighting and water heating, cooking and ventilation, refrigeration and plug loads, I can evaluate them all. Depending on the size and complexity of a building I will spend a few hours to a few days and create a comprehensive overview of energy use and waste. From there I make suggestions for savings and can even estimate the savings in many cases.

I will also work with contractors and vendors of energy efficiency services on your behalf. Based on my initial recommendations you can obtain specific proposals for energy efficiency upgrades that can be evaluated to see that they meet your business needs.

I enjoy working with people to find solutions that are tailored specifically for them.


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