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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

Matt Whitbeck's Three Tips for Framers

Matt Whitbeck, Co-Owner and President of Whitbeck Construction, LLC specializes in custom framing, exterior sustainability, and residential remodeling. He’s serious about quality craftsmanship and energy efficiency. So much so that he is a popular speaker at building industry conferences on those topics. Whitbeck and Kevin Ireton spoke to a...

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Apr 3, 2019 3:59:22 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Reduce Costs with This Sprinklers Alternative

According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the median cost of a residential sprinkler system is $5,000, but the maximum cost of a system averages $21,000. Those are huge numbers that contribute to the builder’s total cost of construction. Builders may be able to cut their overall costs for sprinklers by using fiberglass and mineral...

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Mar 13, 2019 4:42:33 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Best Time to Air Seal

According to Home Innovation Research Labs’ recent Builder Omnibus Survey, air sealing ranks number four among a list of 18 top challenges for builders in meeting current energy efficiency requirements for new homes. Roughly 10 percent of builders reported difficulties meeting new airtightness levels. With contractors playing a significant role...

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Jan 24, 2019 9:27:48 AM Michael Schettine

Our Top Five Blog Posts of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close, we reviewed the most read blog posts of the year. Air sealing was our most popular topic. With more states adopting stronger energy codes, readers were very interested in how to use high-performance building practices and proper air sealing to achieve new air tightness targets.

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Dec 31, 2018 12:49:11 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Video Covers 5 Top Air Sealing Areas in New Homes

New Video Covers 5 Top Air Sealing Areas in New Homes

Many builders challenged with meeting new, more stringent residential building energy code requirements like the 2012 or 2015 IECC have been having a tough go of it. One HERS rater reported earlier this year that roughly 50 percent of builders in his region of Texas would fail an initial...

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Dec 20, 2018 11:03:06 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Traits Great Project Managers

Deadlines, details, and demands are part and parcel of any construction project, whether residential or commercial. Project managers are largely responsible for overseeing all the aspects of a construction job and a well-trained, experienced, and attentive superintendent or project manager can be the difference between having a flawlessly...

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Nov 14, 2018 5:10:18 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Prepping for the Zero Energy Home Future

While only two U.S. states currently have a mandated goal of zero net energy (ZNE) home construction after 2020, Oregon and California, it’s becoming increasingly clear that ZNE homes will be much more prevalent in the not-too-distant future as states and municipalities look for ways to reduce carbon emissions and ultimately mitigate the impact...

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Oct 25, 2018 7:58:00 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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

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