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" Saving The Environment One Building At a Time" Rick’s Energy Solutions are ... Certified Energy Plans Examiners Certified Energy Analysts Certified Green Building Professionals Certified GreenPoint Raters Certified Home Energy Rating System Raters (HERS Raters) Certified Building Inspectors We assist home owners, contractors and designers to prepare their plans and documents to build Certified GreenPoint Rated new homes and Certified GreenPoint Rated existing home remodels and additions. We do Home Energy Audits and evaluate homes for their Green Building environmental impacts and their carbon footprint.

Certified Energy Analyst Certified Greenpoint Rater Certified HERs Rater

General Info

Qualifying Experience Thirty five years experience in the construction industry in a variety of positions makes our principal, Rick Cowperthwaite very well suited to advise you how to reduce your energy costs and improve the comfort and environmental qualities of your home or small office building.  The North Bay Region of Northern California including Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lake Counties are all within our service area. We Specialize in Three Related But Different Services: Energy conservation design calculations for new construction, done during the planning and design phase of the project.  Plus GreenPoint Rating evaluation and documentation which includes plan checking and preparation of the GreenPoint Rating documents to be submitted to Build It Green and to the Building Department when required.  We also prepare energy compliance documentation for building contractors to use for federal income tax credits based on the energy conservation measures incorporated in the construction of new homes built for sale and the documents needed to obtain Energy Star Branding of their new homes.


Energy Conservation field verification and testing, done during and after the construction phase. This is known as HERS verification or HERS rating.  HERS is “Home Energy Rating System”.  Also included is GreenPoint rating field verification and documentation during the construction phase to verify that Green Elements have been constructed according to the approved GreenPoint checklist.  Another major service that we provide is HERS testing and verification of HVAC systems that have been newly installed, replaced or that have had major change out of components by HVAC contractors in existing homes.  Lastly, we provide testing and verification of the installation of new home photo voltaic renewable energy systems.


Green Home Energy Upgrades using Building Performance Analysis and Home Energy Audits.  This is a testing and consulting service provided for existing homes where we evaluate and document the opportunities to improve the energy conservation performance and the indoor environmental qualities of the home.  This service may also include GreenPoint Rating of the existing home based on the improvements being made to the building as a result of the audits.

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Mon - Fri:
Sat - SunClosed
Inspection Service, Energy Conservation Consultants, Energy Conservation Products & Services, Real Estate Inspection Service

The House as a System Applying basic building science to the “House as a System” is how we assist you to have the safe, comfortable, resource efficient and durable home you want.  We do this using Home Performance Evaluations, Energy Conservation Analysis, GreenPoint Rating, and HERS Field Diagnostic Testing services.

The HERS Rating Survey Sonoma County Energy Independence Program staff recommend that all property owners planning to use SCEIP financing for renewable energy or energy efficiency upgrade projects first obtain a survey by a HERS rater to determine the best opportunities for energy efficiency and water conservation upgrades.  Rick’s Energy Solutions is trained, experienced and ready to provide HERS rating services to you for your SCEIP loan application.

The GreenPoint Rating Checklist for Building Plans Green building has become main stream in most of the communities in Marin and Sonoma Counties.  In these communities building permit applicants must submit GreenPoint Rating Checklists on their building plans demonstrating that their building will be built to exceed minimum building code standards for energy conservation, water conservation, indoor air quality, resource conservation and building durability.  Rick’s Energy Solutions will review your plans, prepare the documents and verify in the field that you are complying with these requirements.

Qualifying for Available Tax Credits and Incentives Utility rebates, income tax credits, Energy Star labels, energy conservation forms for building permits and green building applications all require complex and unfriendly documentation to be submitted by the applicants.  Rick’s Energy Solutions specializes in the preparation of building energy analysis documents to be used to determine eligibility for these incentive programs.  We also prepare for you the GreenPoint Rated documentation required for an application to Build It Green or to your local building department when required for your permit.


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Sonoma County, Marin County, Mendocino County, Lake County, Napa County, Solano County


Rick’s Energy Solutions are members of ... California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC) Build It Green United States Green Building Council (USGBC) International Code Council (ICC) CalCERTs*California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC)

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