Building Doctors Named California’s 2013 Home Performance Contractor of the Year by Build It Green

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Combining Green Point Ratings, Energy Upgrade Ca and Home Performance Contracting helps some businesses grow in California's slow economy.

Hensely and Thomsen hold Built It Green Home Performance Contractor of theYear award

Mark Hensley (Green Point Rater) and Dan Thomsen (President) hold Home Performance Contractor of the Year award

We’re thrilled to present this award to Building Doctors for their innovation and dedication to green building.

The nonprofit, Build It Green, announced that Building Doctors won a 2013 Green Point Rated Award and has been named California’s Home Performance Contractor of the year for 2013. The award honors Building Doctors for its leadership in residential green building in California and its role in expanding the number of high quality homes built or remodeled to the standards of Green Point Rated, the most trusted independent green home certification program in California.

“We are honored to receive this award and happy that our quality work in the home performance industry is being recognized,” says Dan Thomsen, President of Building Doctors. “Along with this award for 2013 we received Angie’s List Super Service Awards in the insulation and energy audits categories. We were also honored to receive Achievement Awards from the Energy Upgrade CA rebate program for the third year in a row.”

Each year the Green Point Rated Awards recognize those whose on-the-ground efforts are helping to transform the market for green homes by building and remodeling homes to Green Point Rated standards for energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor air quality, resource conservation and community features.

“We’re thrilled to present this award to Building Doctors for their innovation and dedication to green building. Thanks to their work, California homes and buildings are healthier and more comfortable, save energy and money, and have a smaller carbon footprint,” said Catherine Merschel, Build It Green Executive Director. “The Green Point Rated Award winners like Building Doctors are changing the way homes are designed, built and remodeled.”

Building certified green homes is a key strategy to help meet the state of California’s climate and energy goals. Green Point Rated is the most trusted independent green home certification program in California, providing proof that a home is healthy, comfortable, durable and resource efficient. More than 21,000 homes have been rated through the program, which is administered by Build It Green. These homes have collectively saved more than 58 million kilowatt hours of electricity, 259 million gallons of water and 103,000 metric tons of carbon emissions.

“2013 was a great year for Building Doctors and the home performance contracting industry,” said Dan Thomsen. “We include the Green Point Rating with all the comprehensive Energy Upgrade projects we complete. We have increased sales and grown our company by citing the study showing that homes with green labels appraise for 9% higher than those without.” “This increase in home values helps the homeowners justify the expense to complete the upgrades,” states Thomsen.

Steve Senigram, Realtor with Keller Williams says, “Now that the Green Point Rating is a line item on the Multiple Listing Service in Los Angeles, home buyers are becoming aware of the difference between an energy efficient home and ones that are not. It is like a mile per gallon sticker for your home.”

About Building Doctors

Building Doctors is a leading home performance contractor in Southern California. They take a whole house system based approach and use building science to diagnose buildings during their comprehensive energy audit. Then they create a treatment plan that after upgrading, increases a home’s energy efficiency, comfort, improved indoor air quality with a reduced carbon footprint. After the upgrades are complete they “test out” to verify the improvements that were made to the home. Lastly, they add solar panels to homes to get them on the path to net zero utility bills.

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For media inquires, contact Dan Thomsen at: admin(at)buildingdoctors(dot)com or at (323)-646-2534.

About Build It Green
Established in 2004 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Build It Green ( is a non-profit membership organization with the mission to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient residential building practices in California and beyond. Build It Green’s programs offer a comprehensive package of state-level advocacy, local government support, professional training, collaboration forums, consumer education, and green product promotion. Three objectives guide this work: 1) partnering with local and regional governments to establish credible, accessible and consistent green public policies and guidelines that drive private sector innovation; 2) increasing the supply of green homes (including new, existing, single, and multi-family buildings) by providing training and certification programs to broaden professional expertise in the green building realm; and 3) increasing awareness and stimulating consumer demand for green homes through use of the Green Point Rated system as a trusted and recognized consumer label for green homes.


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