Due to our concerns over spec’ing the best mechanical system for our homes, we officially hired the Ross Mechanical Group, Inc. to design a custom mechanical package for both homes today. We originally met the owner, Ross, at the 2007 GreenFest Philly event last fall. He has been in contact ever since and has already provided a lot of great advice towards the project. He really understands our goals and is not trying to sell us an overpriced system with twice the capacity and half the efficiency we are seeking. He is also very interested in the outside of the box approach we are taking to our design and is looking forward to designing a unique mechanical configuration to meet our needs.
We have signed a contract with Ross to pay him a small consulting fee to design the best mechanical system for our homes. We will have a few meetings and end up with a proposal for the best HVAC options for our homes. If we decide to use Ross for the install of the equipment he will reduce the installation fee by the consulting fee that we paid up front. This seems like a very fair deal to me and I am very much looking forward to working with Ross and his crew in the coming weeks. I am also looking forward to the extra sleep I will gain from not worrying about the mechanical design anymore!