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Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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Do Homebuyers Want "Energy Upgrade" Packages?

Are builders missing the mark by not offering upgrade options for HERS-Scored homes?

Homebuyers like choices. Builders, ever eager to meet the desires of their buyers, typically offer a dizzying array of choices in products, finishes and designs to suit a wide variety of styles.  Yet seemingly few builders offer consumers a choice in homes at...

Dec 7, 2016 12:21:21 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Managing Your Online Reputation

If you’re a home builder, you may already know that nine out of 10 home buyers today rely on the Internet as one of their primary research sources and 52 percent turn to the web as their first step in the home search, according “The Digital House Hunt” published by National Association of Realtors®   Moreover, in the digital age, consumers use...

Dec 7, 2016 12:14:23 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Training the Trades to Get the Grade

Providence Homes has built more than 1,000 certified Energy Star homes – getting RESNET Grade One, a requirement of Energy Star Home Certification, using fiber glass batt insulation in each home. How does Providence do it, again and again when others say it’s difficult to achieve? One word: training.

Nov 30, 2016 3:58:08 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

For Better Homes, Is it Net Zero or Passive House?

While solar homes have reached a milestone, superior envelope efficiency must be primary

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that the number of U.S. homes with solar panels has reached 1 million. As the primary on-site renewable power generation source, the expansion of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) means a much more...

Oct 6, 2016 12:03:58 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Providence Homes on Selling Comfort

Research shows that consumers want energy efficiency, but they’re motivated by comfort. As builders pursue energy efficient homes, they may need to shift how they promote the benefits of high performance homes to potential buyers, so that their messages resonate on an emotional level in an area that consumers really care about: comfort.

Oct 6, 2016 12:00:11 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Things Builders Can Do to Reduce Comfort Callbacks

Comfort callbacks are both timely and cost consuming, so here’s what you can do to reduce them.

The single largest financial investment that consumers will make in their lifetime is their home and a wealth of research finds that homeowners want their abodes to be energy efficient and comfortable.  Both comfort and energy efficiency rely heavily...

Oct 6, 2016 11:54:39 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Manufactured Housing to Get Energy Efficiency Boost

With a goal of reducing energy use while increasing efficiency and cutting carbon emissions, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in June proposed the first new energy efficiency standards update for manufactured homes in more than 20 years. The changes would cumulatively cut energy use by an estimated 30 percent over a 30 year period compared to...

Sep 20, 2016 1:24:16 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

A Custom Builder's Approach to Economical, Energy Efficient Insulation

As both a green and custom home builder, Eddie Fort of PD & M Contractors has a client base that is affluent and knowledgeable about energy efficiency.  Fort, winner of the 2015 EarthCraft “Home of the Year,” award, builds shorefront properties in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, near the geographic center of the state and adjacent to Lynchburg. ...

Aug 17, 2016 4:30:53 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Air Sealing "Like a Boss"

Insulation Institute has been focusing of late on the topic of air sealing and what it takes to construct a home that is airtight using the “3 Ps,”  -- People, Practices and Products. Proper air sealing is critical for meeting stringent air change rates required for green building targets such as HERS, Energy Star, Net Zero or Passive House. ...

Aug 9, 2016 10:54:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Air Sealing's Top Hits

Energy Efficient homes are in high demand among consumers and is imperative for builders who want to build efficient homes.  Air sealing is critical to achieving energy efficiency.  But, when it comes to air leaks within a home, all points of entry are not created equal. Big holes in a building enclosure are easy to avoid, identify and fix, but...

Jul 27, 2016 4:59:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd