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Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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How the IRA Can Make Resilience Affordable

With the cost of homeownership skyrocketing and extreme weather on the rise, it's increasingly important to know if your home is financially and physically resilient.

Apr 19, 2024 9:01:22 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Better Built Homes at Any Budget

Shawn Nienhouse is a Certified Green Home Professional (CGHP) and Construction Project Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in Grand Rapids, MI. He oversees the construction of LEED-certified housing for families in need. His background also includes a stint as an estimator for a production builder that built close to code minimum...

Apr 5, 2024 9:13:44 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

$180M Funding Opportunity for Schools Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy opened applications Wednesday for the 2024 Renew America’s Schools prize, which will award $180 million in funds to school districts nationwide to implement energy upgrades.

Mar 22, 2024 9:01:52 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

NREL: Envelope Upgrades Can Save Thousands with Heat Pumps

The Inflation Reduction Act provides thousands of dollars in rebates or tax credits for homeowners installing heat pumps. However, even without those rebates, heat pumps would be cost-effective in 65 million U.S. households, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) research. Further, electrification with heat pumps can reduce...

Mar 14, 2024 4:53:19 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Cool Tech: The Polymer That Could Boost Efficiency

Residential dehumidification has several benefits, including improved comfort, prevention of mold and mildew, and better respiratory health. Low humidity enabled by dehumidifiers also helps air feel cooler, allowing residents to set their thermostats at higher in the summer without sacrificing comfort. This can reduce the workload of the air...

Mar 1, 2024 7:49:11 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Bolstered by Policy, Clean Energy Thrived in 2023

Driven by the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the clean energy transition saw a record-shattering year in 2023, according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and BloombergNEF in the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, released Wednesday. The report focuses on clean...

Feb 23, 2024 7:49:42 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Ways AI is Delivering on Energy Efficiency

Would it surprise you to learn that 82 percent of companies are currently using or exploring artificial intelligence (AI) in their operations? Further, 84 percent report they are increasing their investments in data and AI.[1] That’s because AI has a near limitless capability to aid businesses and organizations in their effort to help boost energy...

Feb 9, 2024 8:09:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

4 Resources for BPS Implementation Education

State and local governments across the country are adopting building performance standards (BPS), and the pace of adoption for such standards will only accelerate as jurisdictions look to cut greenhouse gas emissions, boost building energy efficiency, and lower energy use. In 2023, 10 local jurisdictions across the U.S. launched BPS policies,...

Jan 26, 2024 8:04:38 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Number of HERS-Rated Homes Tops 360K in 2023

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) has released data on the number of Home Energy Ratings Score (HERS)-rated homes in 2023. More than 360,000 homes were HERS rated last year, an increase of more than 22,000 homes compared to 2022. This accounts for 28 percent of all new homes built last year. The cumulative number of HERS-rated homes in...

Jan 12, 2024 8:55:39 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Guide: Building Decarbonization Using Fiberglass and Mineral Wool

NAIMA has released a new guide that details how builders can use fiberglass and mineral wool insulation to aid in whole building decarbonization activities. “Building Decarbonization Using Fiberglass and Mineral Wool” reviews the two principal objectives of whole building decarbonization -- reducing operational and embodied carbon in building...

Jan 5, 2024 9:54:32 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd