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Technology is a Bullet Train, Home Building a Bicycle

If technology is a bullet train, home building is a bicycle. Technological changes occur at a dizzying pace, but the main design of the bicycle – like that of a home, has changed very little in centuries. However, while home design principles haven’t changed much, architects and builders have more knowledge than ever before of building science...

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Nov 29, 2018 4:51:19 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Traits Great Project Managers

Deadlines, details, and demands are part and parcel of any construction project, whether residential or commercial. Project managers are largely responsible for overseeing all the aspects of a construction job and a well-trained, experienced, and attentive superintendent or project manager can be the difference between having a flawlessly...

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Nov 14, 2018 5:10:18 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3.2 Billion Pounds of Progress!

No, we’re not talking about a collective Weight Watchers group-loss goal or the number of plastic straws no longer used by quick serve restaurants, but insulation. According to the results of a new survey released by NAIMA, its member companies in the U.S. and Canada used 3.2 billion pounds of recycled materials in the production of...

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Nov 14, 2018 5:01:49 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Prepping for the Zero Energy Home Future

While only two U.S. states currently have a mandated goal of zero net energy (ZNE) home construction after 2020, Oregon and California, it’s becoming increasingly clear that ZNE homes will be much more prevalent in the not-too-distant future as states and municipalities look for ways to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately mitigate the impact...

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Oct 25, 2018 7:58:00 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Should Solar Generation Trump Energy Conservation?

As communities and municipalities look to adopt improved building energy codes to meet climate or resiliency goals, including additional requirements for solar PV energy production is a common discussion point.

There are often suggestions to allow for a larger PV system and forego other energy efficiency improvements that were included in the...

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700 Contractors Get Free Grade I Training

Early this year, Insulation Institute set out to train as many contractors as possible how to achieve Grade I installation with fiberglass batt insulation. We selected three trainers to conduct half-day sessions in four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. Thirty-three sessions have been conducted or planned, and 700...

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Oct 11, 2018 4:55:29 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Air Sealing: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

Air Sealing: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

An average of 22 subcontractors are involved in the construction of a new home.[1] With dozens of people involved, there can be a lot of confusion about whose job air sealing is, particularly if details aren’t spelled out within the scope of work or aren’t communicated effectively.

Ensuring that new...

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Sep 27, 2018 4:37:54 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Fiberglass Among "Best Insulation Materials from a Health Perspective"

Fiberglass insulations received a ringing endorsement in a recent report by Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) that examines the health impacts of materials used in weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades for low-income multifamily housing stock.

The report reviews the materials used in these retrofits and ranks products – including various...

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Sep 19, 2018 4:46:40 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Lessons From Brad Pitt's Effort to Make It Right

What was a lofty philanthropic effort by actor Brad Pitt has morphed into a disastrous example of how poor construction of affordable, energy-efficient housing can negatively impact homeowners and put the builder and building designer in a precarious position.

NOLA.COM reported this week that in 2007, two years after Hurricane Katrina, Make it...

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Sep 13, 2018 9:45:37 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Master the Training, Witness the Test

In the quest to meet new energy code requirements of the 2012/15 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), some builders are finding that passing that all-important blower door test is their biggest challenge. As we’ve reported earlier this year, only 40 to 50 percent of new construction homes that must now meet the 3 ACH50 blower door...

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Sep 6, 2018 10:45:14 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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