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Top 5 Blogs of 2017

As the year ends, we thought our subscribers would be interested in our top five blog posts of 2017. While we write about a wide range of topics related to residential building, our blogs about proper installation and air sealing were among the most popular. If you’ve missed any of these, perhaps the holiday slowdown will provide a minute or...

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Dec 20, 2017 3:47:07 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

12 Areas of Focus for High Performance Walls

Getting high performance walls relies on proper air sealing before installing insulation, regardless of the insulation used. Air sealing is the most critical component of meeting the blower door testing requirement of the Residential International Energy Efficiency Code (IECC) 2012/15. To meet the 3 ACH50 target builders, contractors, and...

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Dec 13, 2017 11:01:54 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Getting 3 ACH50 Without Breaking the Bank

As we reported earlier this year, 36 states currently use a version of the residential energy code equivalent to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) specification or lower. As states work to adopt and implement more recent versions of the IECC (2012 or 2015), some builders may find it challenging to meet the blower door...

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Dec 6, 2017 4:53:13 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Profile of a Top One Percent Builder

Profile of a Top One Percent Builder

Since 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Housing Innovation Awards has recognized the top builders of zero energy ready homes. Housing Innovation award winners represent the top one percent of builders across the country who meet the most rigorous specifications for high-performance homes. Among this...

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Nov 29, 2017 4:43:12 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

HERS-Scored Homes: 2 Million and Counting

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) recently reached a significant milestone: 2 million Home Energy Rating System (HERS)-scored homes. This miles-per-gallon equivalent score assigned to estimate the energy efficiency of a home has rapidly gained market acceptance since its inception in 2006, and as energy efficient building becomes...

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Nov 16, 2017 10:25:16 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Is it Time for Resilient Design?

Is it Time for Resilient Design?

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has been the seventh most active in history. [1] In a year that’s seen widespread home damage and displacement of homeowners as the result of extreme weather events there’s some positive news to report. According to a Wall Street Journal article, homes built in Florida...

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Nov 16, 2017 9:29:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Most Common Insulation Install Flaws

During last month’s Insulation Contractors Association of America Convention, Burgess Construction Consultants reported the results of a recent survey it conducted with more than 100 of the nation’s top production builders. The company sought to identify ways that builders, HERS raters and insulation contractors could work more collaboratively...

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Nov 1, 2017 5:04:50 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

SmartHome Apps to Help Save on Energy Costs

 

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Oct 19, 2017 7:28:00 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Avoiding a Bad Wrap

When properly installed, housewrap can be the workhorse of a home’s exterior envelope, as a weather-resistive barrier that performs as the buildings shell, repelling water while also allowing water vapor to pass to the outside of the structure. But, like everything else in construction, it only works well if properly installed.  Rex Nelson of ...

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Sep 27, 2017 5:07:24 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Tests Show Decades Later, Fiberglass Performs

New research conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs finds that aged fiberglass batt insulation maintains an average of 95.5 percent of the labeled R-value after an average of 40 years of service.

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Sep 14, 2017 6:56:45 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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