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Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Recent Posts

5 Ways Millennial Buyers Aren't So Different

Much has been made about the vaunted power of the Millennials to shape home sales in the coming years. These adults, born between the 1982 and 2003, will wield tremendous influence and comprise roughly 36 of the U.S. population by 2020 (77 million people). Much of what sociologists report about Millennials centers on the many ways they’re...

Mar 23, 2017 6:26:44 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Residential Energy Efficiency: The RX For Health

A report released recently by E4 The Future, which promotes residential clean energy and sustainability, examines the body of research supporting the considerable benefits of home performance/energy efficiency measures. The report concludes that not only do energy efficiency measures, such as increased insulation and air sealing, improved...

Mar 23, 2017 6:18:46 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Overcoming Barriers to SEE Building

By Thomas Peterson, Institute for Super Energy Efficient Building, Founder and President

Mar 15, 2017 4:02:11 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Codes, Air Sealing and "Dynamic Walls"

By Michael Schettine, Technical System Expert

New Housing Energy Requirements

The ante has been raised by states adopting the 2015 IECC energy code, and builders are scrambling to meet new requirements.

A large part of the new requirements involve envelope air leakage standards. Simply put, the house (envelope) air leakage, when tested at 50 Pa...

Mar 8, 2017 3:46:55 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Appraisals Will Soon Include HERS Scores

Among the many factors consumers should consider when buying a home is the cost of ownership -- recurring expenses that are variable and not always obvious.  One of those is energy costs, which are estimated to consume up to 4% (roughly $2,200 per year) of the average household’s income, before taxes.[1] Building more energy efficient homes,...

Feb 22, 2017 4:39:15 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Who's Driving Energy Efficiency

A collection of national, state and regional organizations are driving building energy efficiency through advocacy, research, policy analysis and action

Feb 15, 2017 4:22:38 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Ways Raters Can Help Builders Cut Costs

NAHB recently released the results of their monthly Housing Market Index survey which included a set of special questions. The data revealed top builder pain points in 2016, and how builders expect these pain points to change in 2017. The top problem continues to be cost and availability of labor, which builders see increasing in 2017....

Feb 8, 2017 10:14:35 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

An Architect's Tips on Selling Energy Savings

An Architect's Tips on Selling Energy Savings

In a blog post last month, we posed the question: do consumers want energy efficiency upgrade options? Since then, we’ve received feedback from high performance building advocates, builders and architects – one in particular who offered guidance on selling energy efficient home options to today’s...

Feb 1, 2017 3:02:13 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

How Builders Can Win With Energy Use Data

Transparency is a growing macro-trend across numerous markets. Increasingly, today’s consumers, especially millennials, want to know exactly what goes into the clothes they wear, the food they eat and the homes they buy. For homes, one of the top things today’s buyer wants to know about is energy use. Fortunately for buyers, energy use...

Jan 25, 2017 4:34:16 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

When To Make A Date With A HERS Rater

The popularity of HERS-rated homes is clear, with 38 percent of all new homes getting HERS rated in 2015[1]. This figure is indicative of the importance of this energy performance marker to both builders and homebuyers and the growth trend is likely to continue. As builder adoption of the HERS score expands, how can HERS raters help builders...

Jan 11, 2017 4:45:11 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd