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Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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WalletHub Ranks State Energy Efficiency

Personal finance website WalletHub just published a new report ranking the 48 contiguous states on home energy efficiency. This report comes during a year when American households have seen energy use soar during the pandemic, with many individuals staying home to avoid infection. WalletHub found that on average, U.S households historically...

Oct 15, 2020 7:44:06 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

October 7 is EEDay2020

Today marks the 5th Annual Energy Efficiency Day (#EEDay2020), established by advocate groups around the United States to highlight the benefits of energy efficiency (for a full list, see here). Hundreds of companies, organizations, utilities, and governments representing tens of millions of people will take part in #EEDay2020 by encouraging...

Oct 6, 2020 4:43:58 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Data Shows Strong Appeal of HERS

RESNET announced this week that its analysis of the top 200 U.S. home builders in 2019 shows more builders are constructing HERS homes, and of all homes built by the top 200 builders, 39 percent received a HERS rating last year. Other impressive numbers from the analysis show:

Oct 2, 2020 9:28:28 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Incremental Steps to Advanced Framing

As lumber costs skyrocket across the country, driven by strong homebuilding numbers and residential and commercial renovation projects, cost containment measures become more important for home builders. One effective way to reduce lumber use is advanced framing and it comes with the added benefits of optimized energy efficiency and structural...

Sep 25, 2020 10:43:25 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Taking Performance to a Whole New Level

Taking Performance to a Whole New Level

North American Passive House Network last month named Ken Levenson, co-founder of 475 Performance, as its new Executive Director. Levenson, an architect by trade, is a longtime advocate of building science and an

Sep 11, 2020 9:31:48 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Rule Your Attic to Begin Sept. 14

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star program is set to conduct its annual “Rule Your Attic” promotional campaign beginning next month. The campaign educates consumers about the importance of air sealing and insulation by encouraging homeowners to measure their attic insulation and add more if needed.

Aug 28, 2020 9:16:23 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Two Really Avoidable Insulation Gaffes

Would it surprise you to learn that among the top 10 reasons cited for a failing a final new residential home inspection is missing insulation in the attic access or floor? Improperly installed insulation is an inconvenient problem that can be fixed relatively easily, but insulation that’s completely missing on a final inspection can cost...

Aug 21, 2020 11:03:00 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Home Energy Efficiency Data Can Sway Buyers

In real estate, the mantra of top sales professionals is “location, location, location.” While location is of course key, a new report from the American Council on an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) provides a proof point that increasingly, home energy efficiency can also drive home buying decisions. ACEEE’s research shows that including home...

Aug 7, 2020 8:20:36 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Pandemic Could Drive Net Zero Construction

Pandemic May Drive Zero Energy Construction

An increasing number of states and municipal governments are considering more stringent energy efficiency goals into their updated building codes. For example, new residential construction in several locales within Colorado must comply with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home...

Jul 31, 2020 9:03:37 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

How to Nurture Workforce Development

Even as the home building industry sees a record surge in sales, it still faces a tough challenge with labor for the foreseeable future. Novel approaches to attracting young people into the trades and efforts like North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA’sworkforce development initiative may ultimately be the catalyst to solving...

Jul 16, 2020 4:06:30 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd