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Elastomeric Duct Products: Ask the Manufacturer for Test Data

Newly released fire and smoke-developed testing for fiberglass and elastomeric duct liner products raises serious concerns about the performance of elastomeric duct liner in those aspects. “Fire Performance of Duct Liners: A Product Comparison Study” details testing conducted by Intertek Labs on elastomeric and fiberglass duct liner products...

May 19, 2023 10:40:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

2021 IECC Mandate Proposed for FHA/USDA Mortgages

The White House today announced a proposal that new homes purchased using Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mortgages must be built to the standards of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Current FHA/USDA mortgage standards require compliance with the 2009 IECC. This proposed standard...

May 13, 2023 11:57:43 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Realtor Report Shows Energy Efficiency Gets Noticed

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has just released its 2023 REALTORS and Sustainability Report – Residentialwhich shows that the majority of these real estate professionals (63 percent) find promoting a home's energy efficiency very or somewhat valuable. More than 2,000 realtors participated in the survey, and their opinions of energy...

May 5, 2023 7:46:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Providence Homes Wins Sustained Excellence Award

Jacksonville area home builder Providence Homes was recently awarded the ENERGY STAR partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the seventh time.

Apr 21, 2023 8:19:19 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

DOE Issues RFP for Community-Based Retrofit Teams

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America Program, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) issued a request for proposal (RFP) for multi-disciplinary expert teams to address the technical challenges of decarbonizing the U.S. residential housing stock.

Apr 7, 2023 6:17:08 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Trading Efficiency for Lower Initial Costs

While the federal government is ramping up measures that increase building energy efficiency, home builders in a handful of states, including North Carolina, are pushing back against more stringent building energy efficiency measures. But what is in the best interest of homeowners?

Mar 31, 2023 8:57:46 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Time to Optimize Thermal Performance in 100M Homes

Time to Optimize Thermal Performance in 100M Homes

Mar 10, 2023 1:03:30 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Webinar: How 3E Plus Can Help Schools Apply for Retrofit Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of State and Community Energy Programs has issued a grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for public K-12 schools. These grants are available to make energy improvements that result in direct reduction to school energy costs, increase energy efficiency, and lead to improvements in teacher and...

Mar 2, 2023 3:42:00 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

It's the Order of Operations with Heat Pumps-Part 2

In part one of this post, guest contributor Jeremy Begley talked about why equipment replacement without any kind of thermal measures was rarely done. In part two this week, he details why that's the case.

Feb 24, 2023 10:19:26 AM Jeremy Begley

Order of Operations Matters with Heat Pumps

Way back in the late 2000s, when I first took my BPI Building Analyst training and got into home performance, one of the first lessons I can remember learning was the importance of working through the proper order of operations. Things like "always seal the high and low bypasses first" and "air seal then insulate because the pressure boundary and...

Feb 17, 2023 11:34:29 AM Jeremy Begley