Batt + Lear: Energy efficiency = Remodeling written a different way
Jason Lear will tell you, “Home energy efficiency is just remodeling written a different way.” Jason is a home remodeling expert, and a partner in the firm Batt + Lear. He became interested in energy efficiency when one of his neighbors complained to him about being uncomfortable in her home. He realized she would benefit from a whole-home energy assessment as part of a comprehensive remodel. Batt + Lear launched the project, and after the first phase of work was complete, the neighbor was so thrilled about the increased comfort in her home that she began telling her friends. Her enthusiasm about comfort helped Jason realize that energy efficiency is integral to great remodeling. “There was this energy! Excitement! And interest in sharing that made me take pause,” he said. “It was a game-changer.”
The result was the creation of a new division of Batt + Lear focusing specifically on energy efficiency, and eventually becoming the cornerstone of the business. “It turns out all our remodel customers are interested in making their houses more energy efficient. They are also interested in doing a lot of other things to their homes,” Jason said. “Community Power Works offers not only significant cash incentives to help make the energy efficiency priorities financially possible, it also offers a financing option that does not require equity.”
Batt + Lear’s energy efficiency work doesn’t stop at helping Seattle homeowners – the firm is also a participating contractor in the Community Power Works fors Small Business program. They recently completed an upgrade for Both Ways Café, a popular neighborhood café in Lakewood/Seward Park.
Read more about Batt + Lear in their own words below.
Batt + Lear Website: www.battandlear.com
Contact person & phone number for Community Power Works Projects: Patsy Heasly 206-301-1999; Owners: Jason Lear & Holly Batt
Years in business: 12 years
Size of workforce: 16
Business Specialty: Design/Build, Green Building, Green Remodeling, Whole House Energy Planning & Design
Personal Passion: Jason Lear – Energy and Creativity! I love working on existing buildings and working with the people who inhabit those buildings – listening, problem solving and applying good design – to get to whole-house energy plans that make sense for the people who will live in the house and the plans they have for the place. We think of energy as an integral part of remodeling, and we think all remodeling should include energy considerations!
How/ why did you decide to get into the business? We started our company in the year 2000 as a green design/build firm. By 2005, we were pretty sure our 5-year-old company was doing everything right. The homes we designed were healthy, durable, and good for the planet. We figured we had home energy figured out – insulate right, use good windows and use high efficiency equipment – easy choices. Then, at the urging of a client, we decided to use home performance diagnostic tools to test our work. What we discovered with a blower door and a smoke pencil on one house in Seattle would change our company’s trajectory for good. In our learning curve, we sought council and mentorship from one of the country’s home energy masters, Rick Chitwood, and from there went about transforming how our company would do green building and energy.
Why are programs like Community Power Works important to you & your customers? It turns out all of our remodel customers are interested in making their houses more energy efficient. They are also interested in doing a lot of other things to their homes. Community Power Works offers not only significant cash incentives to help make the energy efficiency priorities financially possible, it also offers a financing option that does not require equity. This is a big deal for our customers, and we hear that all the time.