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You Have One Job: Insulation or Air Sealing

You Have One Job: Insulating or Air Sealing

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Jun 27, 2019 5:13:28 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

RESNET Launches New HERS for Consumers Site

RESNET Launches New HERS for Consumers Site

With nearly one-quarter of new homes carrying a HERS rating, consumers in the energy-efficient home market need to understand why this metric, similar to the miles-per-gallon rating of new cars, is key to 

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Jun 20, 2019 4:20:21 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Do Realtors Get "Sustainable" Construction?

Green or sustainable construction is estimated to make up one-third of single-family and multifamily home construction, and that number will likely increase to roughly 50 percent by 2022.[1] Such energy-efficient homes are in high demand among buyers because they are less costly to own, more comfortable, and generally command a higher resale...

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Jun 13, 2019 12:03:37 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

How Cool! Summer Camp Teaches Kids Construction

How Cool! Camp Teaches Kids Construction

Introducing young people to the construction trades can be a challenge, and many high school students have never thought about a career in the industry. Enter Beam Camp: a novel summer camp that introduces kids to building things with their hands. It’s a simple concept that introduces kids to...

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Jun 7, 2019 12:58:48 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Air Sealing Learning Curve

When newer editions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are introduced in states, often there’s a learning curve for home builders, especially when it comes to verification of a home’s air tightness with a blower door test. Some builders are having a tough go of meeting the new requirements.  Increasingly, they’re relying on...

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May 30, 2019 4:49:14 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Tips for Substance-Free Construction Sites

While the growing legalization[1] of cannabis in the U.S. may be fueling new industries and is leading to an economic boom in states where it is legal, the use of drugs and alcohol on the job site can have a devastating impact on safety. Drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent among full-time construction

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May 16, 2019 5:14:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Building Envelope Efficiency Without Compromise

Which is the more cost-effective method of reaching energy code requirements, saving energy or generating it with solar panels on-site? According to a new report, the answer is clear.  

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May 8, 2019 12:37:22 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Prioritizing Indoor Air Quality in New Construction

Joe “Radio Joe” Hughes of the IAQ Training Institute and IAQ Radio has been training builders and contractors for nearly two decades on indoor air quality issues. Through his popular podcast, trainings, and conferences, he shares insights on building science and the complexities of modern construction, and why indoor air quality is becoming...

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Apr 26, 2019 7:31:38 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Designers Report on Energy Efficiency Trends

Designers Report on Energy Efficiency Trends

Fixr.com recently published its 2019 Energy-Efficient Home Design Trends Report. The study’s authors interviewed 25 experts in the home design industry to peg upcoming trends in energy-efficient home features, design, and building trends. These experts have a pulse on what consumers want in design...

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Apr 19, 2019 9:13:03 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Why Some Products Have a Cancer Warning Label

Why Some Products Have Cancer Warning Labels

Have you ever wondered why certain products have a cancer warning label on them and others do not? Well, you’re not alone. Here’s why:

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Apr 11, 2019 9:55:28 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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