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The Air Sealing Learning Curve

When newer editions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) are introduced in states, often there’s a learning curve for home builders, especially when it comes to verification of a home’s air tightness with a blower door test. Some builders are having a tough go of meeting the new requirements.  Increasingly, they’re relying on...

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May 30, 2019 4:49:14 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Building Envelope Efficiency Without Compromise

Which is the more cost-effective method of reaching energy code requirements, saving energy or generating it with solar panels on-site? According to a new report, the answer is clear.  

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May 8, 2019 12:37:22 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Mineral Wool: A Solution to Thermal Bridging

Thermal bridging or the escape of heat through low-performing areas in a building envelope presents a huge problem for builders interested in energy-efficient buildings. One of the reasons that modern buildings are now more energy efficient than ever is that newer building energy codes, like the 2015 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 prescriptively include...

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Mar 21, 2019 9:43:20 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Technology is a Bullet Train, Home Building a Bicycle

If technology is a bullet train, home building is a bicycle. Technological changes occur at a dizzying pace, but the main design of the bicycle – like that of a home, has changed very little in centuries. However, while home design principles haven’t changed much, architects and builders have more knowledge than ever before of building science...

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Nov 29, 2018 4:51:19 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Master the Training, Witness the Test

In the quest to meet new energy code requirements of the 2012/15 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), some builders are finding that passing that all-important blower door test is their biggest challenge. As we’ve reported earlier this year, only 40 to 50 percent of new construction homes that must now meet the 3 ACH50 blower door...

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Sep 6, 2018 10:45:14 AM 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

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

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

“Trades may grumble but customers are lining up”

Addison Homes, a green builder in Greenville, South Carolina, certainly didn’t set out to cause trade partners to grumble, murmur or gripe. They set out to build DOE certified Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) to provide their customers with the energy savings, comfort and indoor air quality such homes deliver. To do that, Addison Homes had to get...

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