Home Building Characteristics

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2015 10:00AM EST

Be ready to answer these basic questions about your building's construction and systems.

General Information

  • What is the building address?
  • What type of building is it?
  • When was it built or last renovated?
  • How is the building constructed? (e.g. wood,masonry, steel)
  • Is the basement conditioned?
General information

Size + Energy Efficiency

  • What is the gross building size (including any basement square footage)?
  • How large is the basement?
  • How many stories are in the building?
  • How many bedrooms are there?
  • Does the building have "Green Building" certification? (e.g. LEED)
  • What utilities does the occupant pay for?
Size and Utilities

Building Systems

  • What fuel is used for heat?
  • What fuel is used for hot water?
  • What type of heating system is used (e.g. boiler, furnace)
  • What type of cooling system is used? (e.g. window AC, ducted central air)
  • What type of hot water system is used? (e.g. stand alone tank, tank off-boiler)
  • Is there a laundry room?  Are dryers gas or electric?
  • Is there a pool?
Systems and facilities

Got that info? Check out our video on setting up your first building!