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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

2009 Called. It Wants Its Energy Code Back

As advocates for building energy efficiency, Insulation Institute and many other organizations support the development and adoption of model residential building energy codes like the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Unfortunately, code adoption is literally “all over the map,” in the United States. Twenty-two states have a...

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Jun 14, 2018 5:37:53 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Common Problems Found in New Home Inspections

Home Builders take pride in the quality construction and workmanship of new homes. But even the best builder will occasionally be challenged with flaws in new construction that must be corrected. The complexity of new home construction, buyers’ lack of understanding about new home warranties, and internet savvy consumers raise the stakes for...

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Jun 7, 2018 4:20:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Priority Air Sealing Locations for New Homes

Achieving an energy efficient, durable and comfortable home starts with framing and includes air sealing and insulation. Regardless of the type of insulation used, whole-home air sealing is a must to minimize air leakage and maximize thermal performance. It’s also an essential part of meeting new home airtightness requirements. As states adopt...

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May 9, 2018 4:44:02 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Blow the Insulation, Not the Budget

Maximizing cost effectiveness is every builder’s goal and every home buyer’s expectation. Each year, an impressive group of builders is recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for their forward-thinking approaches to delivering Zero Energy Ready homes. The most exemplary of the annual winners achieve this extraordinary target while...

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Apr 26, 2018 9:53:32 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Rising Appeal of Factory-Built Homes

The Rising Appeal of Factory-Built Homes

Builders today face a number of challenges in the face of a national shortage of available and affordable housing. At the top of the list is a deficit of skilled labor, a lack of construction knowledge by consumers and real estate agents, and a declining number of experienced and qualified general...

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Mar 21, 2018 8:04:54 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

4 Steps to Prevent Excess Moisture in New Homes

4 Steps to Prevent Excess Moisture in New Homes

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Mar 2, 2018 8:06:01 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Mineral Wool and the Toronto Method Wall 

Custom home buyers have very discriminating requirements when it comes to designing and constructing their homes. Increasingly, those needs incorporate the desire to be sustainable and energy efficient. When sustainable architectural firm SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building and Greenbillt Homes, a leading Canadian custom home builder teamed...

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Feb 15, 2018 5:07:09 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Podcasts for Builder Education On-The-Go

5 Podcasts for Builder Education On-the-Go

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Jul 12, 2017 3:41:59 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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