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Focused on the
comfort, health, and
efficiency of your home.

HP-slide 1

Focused on the
comfort, health, and
efficiency of your home.

Seeking An Energy Efficiency Expert For Your Central Virginia Home Or Business?

Responsible House is a locally owned and operated business dedicated to providing building science solutions for your Central Virginia home or business.

Our building science specialists have a variety of scientific solutions to get to the bottom of and resolve what is causing high energy bills, comfort issues or health problems in your Central Virginia home or commercial business. If you have questions about your home or building’s efficiency and health, rest assured that the experts at Responsible House have the answers.

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It’s impossible to be comfortable in an underinsulated house! If you’re blasting the AC in the summer, cranking up the heat in the winter, and still struggling to stay comfortable, it may be time for an insulation upgrade.

Crawlspace Repair

Tired of drafty rooms? We specialize in making your home an energy efficient home. A home where the air flow brings comfort, and not chills.

Commercial Services

For decades, Responsible House has been providing professional building and energy efficiency services to homeowners and businesses throughout Central Virginia.

About Us

Responsible House is a highly experienced contracting company that specializes in energy efficiency upgrades for homes and commercial buildings in Central Virginia.

Drafty House?

Air sealing is the most overlooked solution to a drafty house. It is the #1 thing we do that can turn your house into a warm, cozy haven you won’t want to leave. It all starts with the law of thermodynamics.

In Need Of Crawl Space Repair?

Your crawl space impacts your entire home! Keep it clean, dry, and healthy with professional crawl space repair and encapsulation services.

Air Quality Issues?

The air you breathe and the water you drink have a significant impact on your health. To keep your water supply clean and healthy, you use a plumbing system to control the water that comes into your house.

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Super Typhoon Yolanda

Super Typhoon Yolanda

William wouldn’t want to toot his own horn, so I’ll have to do it for him. On November 8, 2013 Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines. It is…

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REAP 2018 Deadline April 30th

REAP 2018 Deadline April 30th

Applications for REAP Grants or Loans for the fiscal year of 2018 are due on April 30th. The next deadline is in October and will be for…

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Don’t Let the Joke be on YOU!!!

Don’t Let the Joke be on YOU!!!

In our industry, we sometimes encounter friends, family and potential customers in quite a fix because they hired someone who isn’t an…

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Air is the New Water

Air is the New Water

Imagine if you had no control of the amount, quality, location, temperature or timing of the water coming into your house. Imagine if you…

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Happy Clients

Responsible House worked tirelessly to bring back to life my family’s 100-year old farmhouse with a major energy retrofit and extensive structural restoration. I cannot say enough good things about this local, family owned business. They meticulously pursued perfection at… Read more “We are immensely grateful”

Joyce C.

William came to study the problem. He was incredibly thorough weighing in all possible causes and solutions to my Attic blues. He then put together a plan and executed it to perfection. If you do not go to Responsible house… Read more “Attic Blues”

Charles C.

They caulked all the places on the interior of my log home where I was losing heat. I am saving 20% on my heating bill now. The team also fixed minor issues with the house which they found during the… Read more “Very Happy With The Work”

Donna S.

The experience I had from Responsible House installing my new insulation it was quick and effortless. Their team came in and within two days I was able to return to a much warmer house. My air-conditioning would run almost constantly… Read more “Quick And Effortless”

Jason W.

The upstairs level of our home used to get extremely hot in the summertime, using a lot of wasted electricity to try to cool things down. Responsible house was able to insulate our home which ended up zeroing out our… Read more “Extremely Hot Upstairs Insulation Google Review”

Rachel B.

The most amazing contractors I have ever worked with – William saved us! You will not find anyone as professional and competent – not only in the valley but honestly anywhere. I have had so many bad experiences – Responsible… Read more “Dahlia N./Houzz.com Review”

Our project consisted of a kitchen/bath/bedroom remodel – a roughly 5 month project. William and his team were the consummate professionals throughout–skilled, knowledgeable, straightforward and direct. They provided advice and recommendations when needed and dealt promptly with any problems that… Read more “Kay B./Houzz.com Review”

Not only do they provide high quality services, they also are extremely easy to work with and they have a strong sense of design. -Michael Brown/Houzz.com Review

“We highly recommend him and his team, and especially for a custom plan containing elements which are not standard construction.” –Custom Home Client/Houzz.com

They have a very thorough attention to detail, and always rendered results that were exactly what the clients and I were after. –Annie M./Houzz.com Review

A Net Zero Home
When conditioned air is trying to escape to the coldness outside, it has a hard time. This house only allows it’s volume of air to switch with the outside once every 24 hours. That’s 12 times more efficient than the average home. This is the 2nd tightest house we have built.
Outdoor Kitchen Window
Energy efficiency is not about your windows but this is one of the times we do recommend replacing your windows - when you are reimagining your space. This kitchen renovation on a 200 year old home also highlights Responsible House’s breadth of experience and that we can handle any projects tangential to your insulation needs.
Kitchen Remodel
We had to give you a peek of that window and kitchen from the inside. Truly reimagined!
Nellysford Cottage
This adorable cottage may not look fierce, but it is holding onto it’s air envelope mighty tightly. It takes 12 hours for all of the conditioned air inside of this house to sneak through the tiny holes present and be replaced by unconditioned air from the outside. In contrast, the average home does this every 2 hours. Super leaky homes (and plenty exist) perform far worse than that – every hour or even less!
Bungalow Remodel
These homeowners took it slowly over 5 years - insulated the ceiling of their basement, replaced their roof to prep for solar, had some solar installed, conditioned their attic (and replaced old HVAC equipment), and finally completed their solar array. Their home is cozy and energy efficient now.
Annie Interior
On a cold day, this home exchanges the entire envelope of air inside with the outside air about once every 40 hours. This is stunningly low! This translates to not having to keep your heater running on a cold day because you aren’t constantly heating the outside air that is coming in. The average house exchanges it’s entire volume of air (that you paid so dearly to warm up or cool off) with the outside air every 2 HOURS.