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Over the Edge for Veterans – 2017

On Saturday, October 7th, Homes 4 Families (formerly Habitat for Humanity SFV / SCV) hosted an “OVER THE EDGE FOR VETERANS” fundraiser event. DuctTesters was a proud sponsor and sent two of their clients, Michael Hall from RSI Communities and Mark Mandernacht from Montage Development, rappelling down 25-stories in support of the event. The Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT Team rappelled first. You will see a photo below of LA’s SWAT Team with Judi Maclean from Homes 4 Familes.  All the proceeds from this event go directly towards the construction of new homes and social services for low-income Veterans and their families.

“To date, Homes 4 Families has partnered with non-profits, government entities, and corporations to bring the outcome-proven Enriched Neighborhood® model to communities. Primarily with Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) as builder, we have built over 144 homes in 5 Enriched Neighborhoods® in Northern Los Angeles County, are under construction on 80 homes for low-income veteran families, and are working with Habitat for Humanity Riverside to build 38 additional homes for low-income veterans.” – Homes 4 Families 

Over the Edge for Veteran’s Event has currently raised $142,061 of its $145,000 goal. Please help the fundraising effort by donating here: https://www.firstgiving.com/HabitatSFSCV/go-overthe-edge-for-veterans-2017 or Read More about Homes4Families: http://www.homes4families.org/.


Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Energy Consultant wishing happy new year

The 2016 year has come to an end and we have stepped into 2017.  Covering the entire state of California and select parts of Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and so on…we have clearly been busy! We are a strong efficient team and take pride in always being available to our clients and supporting others. Looking back on 2016, DuctTesters accomplished many things they are proud of including “giving back.”  Here are some charities and ways the DuctTesters team has been giving back and supporting the industry:

Supporting “Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley”

  • Habitat for Humanity SF/SC Valleys is a locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving rappelNorth Los Angeles City and County, building houses and futures for low-income families. “They specialize in building the unique Enriched Neighborhood® communities in collaboration with Homes for Families, which we are currently building for low-income veterans in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs. To date, they have built 317 homes placing us in the top 5% of Habitat affiliates nationwide to reach the goal of building more than 100 homes.”
  • DuctTesters was a sponsor of many of the events including the “Over the Edge for Veterans” which included raising $700 of individual funds and Alyssa Trebil, Business Development Manager of DuctTesters going over the edge of the 25-story Universal Hilton.
  • Watch Youtube video about “Over the Edge for Veterans” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AFnHsut1Z4&feature=youtu.be. The event was a huge success and brought in over $100,000.

Supporting De Young Properties “St. Jude Homes” Project

Supporting “Dave Packer Builder’s with a Gary Sinise Foundation Project” (Wounded Warrior Brubaker Residence)

  • Gary Sinise Foundation: “The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our servicemen and women. As they return to civilian gsf_logo_rgblife, the physical, emotional and psychological challenges they face are often difficult. As citizens, supporting the heroes who defend of our nation is a responsibility we can share. We are all beneficiaries of the freedom and security they fight to protect.”
  • “Its outreach supports those who sacrifice to defend our country: active duty, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones.They have some key programs to show gratitude for our American heroes through entertainment, family support, and acts of appreciation.”
  • Dave Packer Builders strongly supports the Gary Sinise Foundation. Dave Packer Builders asked DuctTesters to support them as they constructed a custom home for a local wounded warrior, Josh Brubaker, and his wife.  DuctTesters was proud to support Dave Packer Builders and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The foundation is always also seeking innovative products that assist the wounded warriors in the daily living rituals and operation of their home.  It was a wonderful honor to participate in the construction of Mr. and Mrs. Brubaker’s home.
  • Watch video about foundation: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/video-gallery/2016-gary-sinise-foundation

Supporting SCPC’s “Warrior Foundation Freedom Station”

  • Warrior Foundation Freedom Station aims to be the leading force in assisting, honoring and supporting the military men and women giving back to warrior foundation freedom stationwho have so bravely served and sacrificed for our country.
  • They are committed to supporting our warriors in a variety of ways, providing quality-of-life items, support services and transitional housing designed to assist them and their families during recovery.       
  • They assist four main groups of warriors: the seriously injured just returning home from war; those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury; those undergoing physical or occupational therapy, and warriors who have been medically retired and remain in our community. To serve this last group, they pioneered a new approach and opened Freedom Station a unique recovery transition center and housing facility that provides injured warriors with the acclimation time, guidance and resources to successfully make the transition from military service to civilian life.
  • Find out more here: https://www.warriorfoundation.org/

Supporting RPC’s “Together We Rise”

  • “Together We Rise” is a non-profit organization that supports children in foster care.Together we rise foundation The young individuals are all under 25 years of age. Together We Rise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth.  The foundation has allowed the group to provide thousands of foster kids across the country with sports equipment, bicycles, suitcases and more. Together We Rise is dedicated to transforming the way youth navigate through the foster care system in America.
  • DuctTesters was happy to provide Together We Rise with requested gift cards that support their mission.
  • Find out more here: https://www.togetherwerise.org/

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  • DuctTesters supports and participates in dozens of industry organizations. Some of the organizations include the California Association Building Energy Consultants (CABEC), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), California Building Industry Association (CBIA), AIA, RPC, SCPC, Local HBA and BIA Chapters across CA and NV.  Many of the organizations advocate and improve ongoing issues for the building and energy industry.
  • DuctTesters also volunteers their time to educate others solarcitysuch as: holding a “POP UP” Energy Code presentation at the 2016 BIS Show at the Riverside Convention Center, an Energy Code presentation for AIA SFV and one for AIA OC. http://www.aiasfv.org/2015/01/01/hello-world/
  • Dave Hegarty, President of DuctTesters sits on the 2019 California Energy Commissions Code Compliance Planning Committee. California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards change every three years. The 2019 Standards will continue to improve upon the 2016 Standards for new construction, alterations, and additions of residential and nonresidential buildings.  The 2019 Energy Code Standards will go into effect on January 1, 2020.bia_gala2016_271
  • The Building Industry Association of Los Angeles Ventura held 2016 Installation and Awards Dinner. The event had over 400 attendees comprised of builders, architects, subcontractors, consultants, suppliers, and more. Alyssa Trebil, Business Development Manager of DuctTesters won the “Member of Excellence” aka Member of the Year award.  This is a wonderful accomplishment for the DuctTesters Team.
  • DuctTesters has representatives sitting on the 2017 Board of Directors and on various Associationbia_gala2016_444 Committees at various Building Industry Associations and on the California Association Building Energy Consultants. The team remains active and supportive of many industry organizations in California and Nevada.

With all of this being said, 2016 was a strong year for DuctTesters. We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. 2017 will be even better!

Energy Consultant wishing happy new year




DuctTesters Supports Veterans

DuctTesters, Inc. is supporting the Habitat for Humanity San Fernando / Santa Clarita Valley Chapter’s Rappel Over the Edge for Veterans Event! 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the construction of new homes, in North Los Angeles County, for low-income Veteran’s and their families. This event allows you to experience a rare opportunity where you can rappel down from the roof of the 25-story Universal Hilton Hotel located at the world-famous and iconic Universal Studios Hollywood.

The event will be held on October 7 & 8 of 2016. ‬Learn more about how you or your company can participate by visiting: 

http://www.humanityca.org/events.php or download the event packet as a pdf here: http://www.humanityca.org/OverTheEdgePacket_web.pdf.

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  • Habitat for Humanity, San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys’ mission is to build affordable homes for low-income civilian and veteran families, and provide services that empower them to build brighter futures as homeowners. We are a locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving North Los Angeles City and County, building houses and futures for low-income families. We partner with our sister agency, Homes for Families® to specialize in building Enriched Neighborhood® communities–which hold the promise to move low income families up into the middle class. Founded in 1990, we are currently building over 150 homes for low-income veterans in collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs. To date, we have built 317 homes placing us in the top 5% of Habitat affiliates nationwide.
  • Homes for Families is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving low-income families through the development and replication of the Enriched Neighborhood® model. This model offers a powerful out-come based program of wrap-around services and education that empowers under-served families to build equity, self-sufficiency skills, and advocacy capacity to move themselves up in socio-economic status. For Veterans and their military families, these wrap-around services are enhanced with much-needed trauma-informed programs and services to address PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues prevalent in military families. Homes for Families partners with non-profits, government entities, and corporations to bring the outcome-proven Enriched Neighborhood® model to communities.
  • Over The Edge is a special events company that provides signature events for non-profit organizations around the world. Business leaders, individuals and community members are invited to raise donations in exchange for the experience of going over the edge of a prominent building. This unique event generates front page news, raises thousands of dollars and provides participants with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Over The Edge is responsible for all technical aspects of the event including the insurance, professional staff and rappelling equipment. In addition, OTE provides a comprehensive Fundraising Manual to conduct a successful fund raising event. Our mission is to create a legacy with a 10 year goal to help non-profit organizations throughout North America raise $50 million dollars.