A Smarter Way To Weatherize Homes – Shipshape Announces Upgrade My Crawl Space

Shipshape’s new home weatherization solution, Upgrade My Crawl Space, helps homeowners avoid energy waste, financial risks and health consequences of an improperly managed crawl space.

May 6, 2021

Shipshape Solutions Inc., a company with a vision for every home to be safe, reliable and efficient, today announced the launch of Upgrade My Crawl Space to help homeowners weatherize and monitor their crawl spaces.

Approximately 26 million single family homes nationwide, many of them in low-income communities, have crawl spaces that do not comply with modern building standards, according to a 2018 study published by Southern California Edison. It was not until 2013 that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory published the definitive study on proper crawl space design. Before 2013, building codes required venting crawl spaces, but we now know this leads to mold growth, wood rot, termite infestation and wasted energy.

Building on Shipshape’s existing technology platform, Upgrade My Crawl Space empowers homeowners by helping to;

  • Recommend contractors
  • Compare quotes
  • Identify financial incentives
  • Monitor performance

Upgrade My Crawl Space presents a new kind of smart home solution that helps homeowners streamline crawl space upgrades and realize performance improvements from such upgrades. Shipshape is working with utility providers, local contractors, manufacturers and policy makers to make crawl space upgrades more accessible to homeowners.

Upgrade My Crawl Space’s debut coincides with a renewed government focus on reducing carbon emissions by weatherizing single family homes. President Biden and Vice President Harris outlined a plan to build a modern, sustainable infrastructure and an equitable clean energy future, which includes a commitment to weatherize at least two million low-income homes over the next four years.

According to a report published by Shipshape, weatherizing 26 million crawl spaces in the United States would reduce carbon emissions by approximately 0.85% or over 17 million tons of carbon each year. According to the study by Southern California Edison, crawl space upgrades reduce HVAC energy consumption by 15% to 32%. This energy savings is monumental considering “nearly one-third of U.S. households reported financial stress in paying energy bills," according to the latest Residential Energy Consumption Survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

“Poorly designed crawl spaces are a problem nationwide, but, unfortunately, these problems are ten times worse among low-income and minority populations,” said Alexander Linn, Founder and CEO of Shipshape. “Now that modern building science has acknowledged this problem, we have a moral imperative to help homeowners avoid the long-term health consequences, financial damage and wasted energy that can result from a part of their home that’s out of sight and out of mind.”

Shipshape was selected to participate in the Techstars EnergyTech Accelerator last year, a program sponsored by industry leaders including Alabama Power. “We took our team to Alabama for three months to take full advantage of the opportunity for Shipshape to design the Upgrade My Crawl Space offering with input from the team behind Alabama Power’s Smart Neighborhood developments,” according to Shipshape’s Founder and CEO, Alexander Linn

For more information, visit Upgrade My Crawl Space.

About Shipshape Solutions Inc.

Shipshape is on a mission to make homes smart enough to take care of themselves. Shipshape believes every home should be safe, reliable, efficient and well maintained. The company operates a first of its kind proprietary smart home predictive maintenance platform that offers solutions to homeowners to reduce the costs of home maintenance and operations. The Shipshape platform integrates an ecosystem of smart home hardware to enable advanced analytics and recommend actions that will reduce risks and improve system performance. Shipshape’s software platform unlocks the value of sensor data to enable a whole new era of the smart home.

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