Sustainable Home Energy Solutions

Sustainable Home Energy Solutions (SHES) is a small family owned company with only one objective, to find economical ways to lower energy bills for homes and businesses. This can be in the form of ensuring your current home or business is properly air-sealed and insulated, exploring the option of a renewable energy system, or beginning the design and build process for your future “green” dream home. We are the experts who can offer most any service relating to energy efficiency.

SHES was incorporated in 2011, and we have been serving our home state of Virginia ever since. Every home or business owner we work with will communicate directly with Zak Dowell, the company’s president. Avoid the frustrations so common to the contractor-client relationship and the big business and volume insulation company runarounds. Come to us for all of your home energy efficiency needs. Cutting energy costs is what we do; come to the experts and realize the difference.

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Zak Dowell holds a Dual Master of Science degree in Building Science and Appropriate Technology and has been a class A licensed home builder in the state of Virginia for nearly 20 years. He currently is owner/operator of Sustainable Home Energy Solutions LLC, where customers are provided a number of services that relate to home energy efficiency. These services include everything from custom home design/build, home and business weatherization, and consultation and workforce training.

Zak began teaching renewable energy and building science related workforce training classes for the VA Community College System in 2010. Prior to that, he served as a building science adjunct faculty instructor at Appalachian State University. In the last few years, he has provided training and/or consulting services for Honeywell Corporation, VA Farm Bureau, VA Tech Agricultural Extension, Malloy College, VA Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, and the VA Society of Home Inspectors.

Above all, his real passion lies in non-profit work that involves researching synergies between solar and biogas technologies.

Remember, when you hire a contractor or home energy assessor, education and experience are essential. You will be in good hands if you give us the opportunity to assess the ways to cut your energy bills and make your home or home-to-be a more comfortable place for you and your family.

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Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Open Hours

M-F: 9am - 6pm

Closed Weekends

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3024 Windsorview Drive

Richmond, VA 23225

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804 - 980 - 5609