Brendan Fogarty is the owner and operator at Dr. Energy Saver By Eco Energy Solutions. He has years of experience in the trades, including owning a company that specialized in renovating historical homes.
Brendan is an expert in making homes more comfortable and energy efficient and is a Dr. Energy Saver Certified Energy Specialist. Brendan enjoys working with the homeowners directly and coming up with the right solutions for their needs.
When he is not working, Brendan enjoys time with his family and being outdoors, including, camping, hiking and golfing.
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This homeowner was experiencing a significant amount of humidity in their basement. Our Building Science Expert evaluated the problem and found that using the 2-part expanding foam insulation on the rim joist and over the sill plate would be the perfect solution. This decreased the humidity in the basement and the homeowner saw immediate results. In addition to there being less humidity, the overall air leakage to the house was reduced dramatically.
This homeowner was experiencing a lot of air leakage in their attic. creating cold drafty rooms as well as heat loss in the winter. The heat loss created an increase in the cost of heating the home. By air sealing all of the gaps with our foam insulation and blowing in Dr. Energy Savers TruSoft cellulose insulation, it created a more comfortable environment for the entire home and family. Our TruSoft cellulose insulation is treated with natural borate compounds. By doing this we have created a higher R-value in the space as well as decreasing the energy costs, making the rooms below a comfortable living space for the customer and their family.
End plates are at the top of every single wall in the home. The problem with end plates is there's generally a quarter inch to an inch gap left during construction of the home. This allows for air leakage which lets the cool air escape the home in the summer and warm air to escape in the winter.
When the hot air leaks into your attic in the winter, ice dams occur on your roof. Ice dams can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home!
Air sealing end plates is the first, and most important, of multiple treatments to eliminate ice damming.
A Homeowner called us out to their historical home built in 1900 in Pittsfield, MA to take a look at a problem they were having. They originally called us to give a full Home Energy Evaluation to help understand what was going in in their home. The problem they were having was due to no insulation in the attic, resulting in ice damns in the winter. When we got to the home and performed our Home Energy Evaluation we noticed that there was no insulation at all in the attic. This specific style home has a sloped roof, with knee-walls in the attic that are very difficult to keep warm or cold depending on the season. This knee wall is directly above a bedroom. The lack of any insulation was making it extremely hard to cool and heat the upper level of their home, in the bedroom living spaces. This made these homeowners uncomfortable in their home all year round.
To fix this problem, we use our Super Kneewall Treatment. Since we have no old insulation to take out and dispose of, we can get right to blocking and air sealing. First, we use our 4" SilverGlo insulation boards to block off air from getting through the ceiling joists and bays. Our SilverGlo expanded foam insulation boards are infused with graphite which increases R-Value by 24%. Around those blocks, we spray our one part foam to seal the edges and make sure no air can travel through the cracks. Then, we install our SilverGlo foam boards under the rafters up to the knee-wall and also sealed with one part foam. Now we have properly sealed so that outdoor conditions can no longer effect this living space. Next, we have to dense pack the roof slopes with our TruSoft cellulose insulation to stop air flow as well as insulate this non insulated attic. Our last step is to blow our TruSoft cellulose insulation above the flat ceiling. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can now live more comfortable in their bedrooms all year long! They also will no longer experience ice dams!!!
This homeowner in Pittsfield, MA called us out to their home to take a look at their old basement window. They knew that it was not an efficient window, and that they were losing alot of air from their home. We got to the home and performed our Full Home Energy Evaluation to better assess the efficiency in this home. We noticed the basement window they currently had was an old single pane glass window with a metal frame, which lets in a lot of air into the home. This also gets a lot of air escape from the home by conduction through the cold glass.The window had also started rusting due to the damp environment near the ground. Since the home has low pressure at the bottom and sucks cold outside air into your home it causes a freezing cold basement and cold floors. We knew that we needed to replace this old window to increase the efficiency and comfort in this home.
To fix this window, we need to first remove the old window sashes. We install our Everlast basement window inserts and seal it airtight. Our Everlast windows feature two panes of high performance glass, which lets visible light through, but blocks the heat flow with a special metallic coating in the inside of both panes. The sash features a vinyl frame which is perfect for the damp environment of the window near the ground. This window will never rust, rot or need to be repainted. This homeowner now has a beautiful, efficient basement window thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions!!!
This homeowner had old, single-pane windows that were incredibly drafty in the winter, and allowed for a lot of heat to enter and A/C to escape in the summer. They were looking to upgrade not only the technology of the windows, but also wanted to add some aesthetics to the home. After meeting with our building science expert, this homeowner decided on some beautiful Sunrise Windows in a speciality color. Our team professionally installed these windows, and now this homeowner is going to experience improved thermal performance and lower energy bills - as well as a gorgeous new look to the home!
This customer in Ellington, CT called us out because of a concern they were having in their home. Their concern was that they had very old, ineffective fiberglass insulation in the attic. Fiberglass insulation is super fluffy, and is not able to properly insulate a home on its own. Due to this, this home was way colder than it should be this winter. This was caused by the lack of proper insulation. Without proper insulation air can leak into your attic and out of your home, making it difficult and costly to keep a home warm.
To fix this, we use our SuperPlatform treatment. First we need to remove the existing insulation. Our installers remove all of the old insulation, bag it up, and properly dispose of the materials. Since this home contains an HVAC system in their attic we have make sure there is a proper walkway, or catwalk in the attic. This makes it so that service can be done correctly and safely in a space where there are mechanics. Next, we lay our 4" SilverGlo foam board across the wooded walkway. This will increase the insulation value by 24%. We want to make sure that none of the blown in insulation we are installing will get on to our new walkway. Next, we have to install plywood over the foam board held in place by long screws and washers. Following this step, we dense pack TruSoft cellulose insulation into any space beneath the catwalk that is not filled. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, this customer is warmer and ecstatic with the temperature in their home!
In this basement, we made many energy efficient changes, included replacing an old and inefficient door with a new one. We also added SilverGlo insulation to help make the home more comfortable.
Before Dr. Energy Saver worked on this basement, the window was unproperly sealed and inefficient, making the home less comfortable and energy bills more expensive. After our crew went to work, the window is energy efficient and properly sealed for maximum home comfort and energy savings.
This homeowner wanted to make their home more energy efficient and reduce heating and cooling costs. We replaced this old basement door. Not only did the homeowner love the new look, she will reap the benefits of a properly installed and insulated door.
This home owner in Leverett, MA had an issue with here bilco door leading to her basement. It was very old, rusted, and even had some holes in it. It not only was letting in more air than normal but also could be letting in insects and rodents. So the only thing to do was to replace it. After putting the new door on, we re-concreted the space for a nice clean look. Now this home owner doesn't have to worry about that old bilco door anymore!
This homeowner called us out to their home in Egremont, MA to access a problem that have been experiencing in their homes. They originally called us to do a Home Energy Evaluation in regards to adding some new insulation in their homes. When we got to the home and spoke with the homeowner during our inspection they voiced to us that they have very cold floors on the first floor during colder seasons. They also had trouble keeping the first floor cool in the summer and hot seasons. While evaluating their basement we saw that they did not have a sealed rim joist. The joints and gaps between the framing all of the framing members allow for a lot of air leakage into the home. This also was a reason for the first floor not staying as cool as it should be in hotter seasons. Air was able to leak through the rim joists and gaps, resulting in uncomfortable temperatures in their home no matter the season.
To fix this issue, we need to spray foam this homeowners rim joist and insulate. This process is done by spraying out two-part expanding spray foam on the rim joist and over the sill plate to seal all air leaks from the outside. This finally creates some well needed insulation in the home. Dr. Energy Savers spray foam has a high insulation value of R7. Since this is expanding foam, it seals all of the cracks, gaps, and joints where air from the outside enters the home. Thanks to Dr. Energy Saver by Eco Energy Solutions, these homeowners can now live comfortable, and more energy efficient in their homes all rear round!