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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

Future-Proof Home Construction

In his more than 30 years as a residential building contractor, Jim Iredale focused much of his career on constructing code-built custom homes. That changed in 2012 when he had the opportunity to work on a very high-end project that was designed to meet passive haus (house) standards, and a devotee was born.  

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Jul 18, 2018 5:23:51 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Taking the Guess Work Out of Envelope Design

Taking the Guess Work Out of Envelope Design

Wall system design is increasingly challenging for builders and architects, as modern building practices have changed and codes have become much more stringent to meet energy efficiency requirements. Uncertainty about moisture risk associated with innovative envelope approaches can hinder adoption...

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Aug 16, 2017 5:38:00 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

A Novel Approach to Vented Attic Design with Mineral Wool

Vented attics have a number of benefits, but also one well known and pesky downside: it is very hard to perfectly air seal the ceiling plane given the number of penetrations you have. This results in energy losses but also, often times, pulling less hygienic air from the attic into the home itself. LG Squared, a firm out of Atlanta offering...

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Nov 7, 2016 11:06:40 AM Jordan Doria

What the “Google Era” Means for Energy Efficient Homes

Over the first half of 2016, The Insulation Institute conducted qualitative research[1] with builders exploring a few areas, including the changing dynamic between home builders and home buyers. The “Google Era” has changed the way homebuyers enter into the buying process and is reshaping their interactions with builders. They are researching...

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Jun 20, 2016 12:58:08 PM Jordan Doria

A breeze. A draft. A blast. A wind. A whiff. Who knew air could take so many forms in a building?

No matter what you call it, air flow and its management are vital to the performance, energy efficiency and comfort of a new or renovated home. Not only that: improper air flow can have severe effects on the health and safety of the people in the building by promoting mold growth, spreading pollutants, and possibly creating backdrafting of...

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May 31, 2016 1:45:12 PM NAIMA

Are Insulation R-Values a Good Measure of Insulation Performance?

Yes. The answer is simple, so this could be the shortest blog ever. However, given the misinformation that is out there it is worth explaining why R-value is in fact a good measure of thermal performance and dispelling some common misconceptions about it.

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May 19, 2016 3:21:25 PM Jordan Doria

One Size Does Not Fit All: Climate-Specific Passive House Building Standard Announced

While the idea of a super-insulated, high-performance house began in North America in response to the 1973 energy crisis, interest in this concept declined in the United States and Canada in the following decades.[1] Subsequently, the concept picked up steam in the early 1900s and developed into Passivehaus in Germany. Passivehaus was designed to...

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Sep 17, 2015 10:37:17 AM NAIMA

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