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positive energy


INTEGRATED, HUMAN FACTORED DESIGN

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positive energy


INTEGRATED, HUMAN FACTORED DESIGN

POSITIVE ENERGY IS A BUILDING SCIENCE CONSULTING AND TESTING COMPANY BASED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS. OUR ENGINEERS AND CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS WORK WITH ARCHITECTS FROM THE FIRST MOMENTS OF PLANNING TO MAXIMIZE BUILDING PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCIES. WE WORK TO INTEGRATE ALL COMPONENTS OF THE BUILDING THROUGH HUMAN FACTORED DESIGN DECISIONS.

ARCHITECTS COUNT ON POSITIVE ENERGY TO HELP TURN THEIR VISION INTO A HIGH PERFORMING REALITY. If you want to improve the performance of your home, look no further. We combine building science expertise, years of experience, and common sense to improve the health, safety, energy efficiency, comfort, and durability of indoor environments. 

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What Is Building Science


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What Is Building Science


Building Science is a multi disciplinary field which lies at the confluence of architecture and engineering. The application of building science principles supports the performance goals of  health, safety, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency in indoor environments. WE ARE ENTERING A NEW PARADIGM OF INTEGRATED DESIGN.

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Our Team


BUILDING SCIENCE EXPERTISE AND EXCELLENCE

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Our Team


BUILDING SCIENCE EXPERTISE AND EXCELLENCE

We have a true passion for building science & INTEGRATED DESIGN

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About Positive Energy


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About Positive Energy


What services does Positive Energy offer?


Building Science Consulting

Our building scientists provide consulting services to builders, architects, and other professionals on a wide variety of performance issues. From training on energy certification standards, to high-performance building practices and assemblies, we're here to help. We provide consulting expertise for a range of building science applications, helping your project better utilize solar PV, mitigate moisture, and provide you with peace of mind with answers rooted in scientific principles.


Radiant Heating & Cooling

Traditional buildings have relied on the principles of forced air movement to keep a space heated or cooled, despite air's particular lack of density. By using a more dense fluid like water to heat and cool a space, energy efficiency and comfort direct and drive the design and build process. We provide design expertise for radiant heating and cooling technologies, helping your project rely less on moving air to keep you comfortable and radically improve your home’s performance.


Enclosure Design

Positive Energy provides expertise in building enclosure design. Every building's enclosure is complex and requires thoughtful application of rain, air, vapor, and thermal control layers. We specialize in analyzing your specific project to spec out products, process, and details. Gone is the old age of thinking of an enclosure and HVAC system separately. Once we understand their integrated relationship, we begin to transform the construction and energy industries.


Mechanical System Design

The mechanical system of a home has so often been an afterthought. We're out to change that process. We work with builders and architects to design comprehensive mechanicals - including filtration, ventilation, make-up air, and dehumidification. We provide design expertise in custom mechanical systems, helping your project incorporate better HVAC practices for optimal home performance and occupant comfort.


Energy Modeling and Net-Zero Design

We take energy use very seriously. Our energy design team can help you understand the value and cost/benefit of energy-saving construction standards, HVAC equipment, and renewable energy equipment. We offer projected models to assist your design process, and confirmed models that use performance testing results to model completed homes. Our modeling techniques provide you with the most accurate load calculations and equipment selection possible. Your home should perform as best as possible for as long as it stands. We're here to help you with that.


High performance hot water delivery

If you've ever waited for hot water to arrive at your plumbing fixtures and wondered how much water was wasted, we want you to know that we've wondered the same. With our intensive and thorough approach to optimizing the delivery of hot water, our hot water delivery design is the solution. We provide design expertise for high performance hot water delivery, helping your project waste less water and use less energy to deliver on-demand hot water at the tap.


Building Performance Testing, Assessment, & Commissioning

Testing a home's performance is crucial to uphold the integrity of design and build. Positive Energy has been providing energy inspection and system commissioning services since 2009. We streamline the inspection process by bringing expertise, experience, and effective communication to every project. Our field inspections are performed by Positive Energy employees who are certified RESNET Raters. Through the use of state-of-the industry diagnostics testing and tools, we support a range of certification and compliance standards. We provide testing expertise for a range of home performance metrics, helping your project transition out of wishful thinking to a quantitative reality.