The Element Group, originally Building Science Solutions, was
founded as a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating company in
Marion, Iowa in early 2007. Owners Matt Hoskins and Alex
Hefflefinger began with a small group of clients in the Cedar
Rapids/Marion area. As their reputation grew, they quickly
expanded into Iowa City and Dubuque. They also started to explore
new territory within the energy efficiency industry, adding
commercial tax deductions, National Comfort Institute testing,
government-financed work and NGBS Green certifications to their
In 2010, the increasing workload led to expanding the workforce, while continuously striving to maintain the principles of
excellent communication and high quality output. Later that year, The Element Group took over a large group of residential clients
from a rating company in Des Moines, and started a branch there. Just over a year later, they added a third branch in Minneapolis.
To date, The Element Group has worked with over 400 clients, completed over 5000 Energy Star certifications, and assisted hundreds
of government-funded multifamily projects.