Today on the Reschexpert blog we discuss the in depth world of building open source home energy audit solutions. We are keen to all types of home energy audit software so this discussion is an in depth excerpt to the considerations of making the future Rescheck, Manual J, Manual S, Manual D, and Comcheck softwares open source, while still respecting copyrights, trademarks, and intellectual property.
Using randomly generated XML printout and the blockchain Schema info provided and a custom SQL database with specific values that they also provide for free a prototype of what could become a replacement for any home energy audit software, could start to be built. Imagine a world where each home energy audit contracted to specific company or government department that takes over. Even more so what if they do not care about the software anymore or rules change. This would make open source energy audit software more needed than ever.
They do not provide any software or anything on the internet to do home energy audits on your own. The owner of the open source home energy audit software would kind of be one of the very few with the information to do it and be legit. It would take a while to get the software functioning in unison with Rescheck, Comcheck, Manual J, Manual S, and Manual D but the open source application and blockchain based verifications would make it better than anything currently available.
When someone goes to their web site they are not given a list of companies that do home energy audits so we know that there may be companies available like www.rescheck.info that can provide Rescheck, Comcheck, Manual J, Manual S, and Manual D as a service or a software, so right there is opportunity they have to see if I can see it.
I’m sure the software could be reverse engineered fairly easily. At this point I don’t think there is a need for it. I’m sure they know people who provide home energy audits, but the whole design of the open source home energy audit software suite is so that anyone could do it. Homeowners, architect, builder, etc. Literally anyone can improve the efficiency of their home. Is that not what this is all about anyways?
There was a builder in Texas that reversed engineered his own home energy audit software, but no one would accept it. I saw it with my own eyes, remarkably well made reports that would not be accepted. I ended up doing his Reschecks.
Also remember with trademarks, copyright, and intellectual property you could not call a report by specific names because the names are protected. They own the copyright so if the permit requires a specific home energy audit it seems it has to go through the official software. Which is a major barrier to entry.
I see it more like a 1040 form for taxes. Hr block, turbo tax, or an accountant can charge you to fill it out. Government does mind if someone fills out your 1040 form for you, as long as you sign it. Most home energy audits like Rescheck, Comcheck, Manual J, Manual S, and Manual D are the equivalent of 1040 form and someone has to fill it out, they do not care who. As long as you are quailified, and do it correctly.
We hope you enjoyed our discussion on open source Rescheck, Comcheck, Manual J, Manual S, and Manual D home energy audit software. We love working with homeowners on homes and learning about construction styles, climate zones, and all types of home energy audit mathematical equations. Thanks for reading the Reschexpert blog.