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Builder-to-Buyer Flood Risk Education

Builder to Buyer Flood Risk Education

An astonishing 98 percent of U.S. counties have been impacted by a flood event, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States. Moreover, the increasing weather risks associated with global climate change means that homebuyers...

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Aug 8, 2019 2:36:21 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Basics for Visibly Great Insulation Jobs

We’ve seen hundreds, if not thousands of photos of fiberglass insulation jobs here at NAIMA, some good, some not so good…and some superb. When we came across Yudah Schwartz’s post on LinkedIn, it immediately caught our attention because we recognized an exceptional batt insulation job. The precision shown in installing the batts properly was...

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Aug 1, 2019 3:19:05 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

A Model for the Net Zero Built Environment

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has some of the most advanced policies and programs in the country to support a net zero built environment for existing and new construction homes. Other states would do well to follow their lead.  

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Jul 25, 2019 11:33:22 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Case for Energy-Plus-Health Programs

Transformations taking place in both the home energy efficiency arena and healthcare are coming together in ways that present opportunities for these industries to work collaboratively to improve outcomes for customers.  VEIC, a sustainable energy company with a mission to enhance the environmental and societal benefits of clean and efficient...

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Jul 11, 2019 4:12:25 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

You Have One Job: Insulation or Air Sealing

You Have One Job: Insulating or Air Sealing

One of the best ways to keep informed of building industry trends and learn insights from industry experts is reading blogs and publications. However, sometimes, these sources can leave readers confused about the fundamentals of building science, the performance of building products, and ultimately,...

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Jun 27, 2019 5:13:28 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

RESNET Launches New HERS for Consumers Site

RESNET Launches New HERS for Consumers Site

With nearly one-quarter of new homes carrying a HERS rating, consumers in the energy-efficient home market need to understand why this metric, similar to the miles-per-gallon rating of new cars, is key to 

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Jun 20, 2019 4:20:21 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Do Realtors Get "Sustainable" Construction?

Green or sustainable construction is estimated to make up one-third of single-family and multifamily home construction, and that number will likely increase to roughly 50 percent by 2022.[1] Such energy-efficient homes are in high demand among buyers because they are less costly to own, more comfortable, and generally command a higher resale...

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Jun 13, 2019 12:03:37 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

How Cool! Summer Camp Teaches Kids Construction

How Cool! Camp Teaches Kids Construction

Introducing young people to the construction trades can be a challenge, and many high school students have never thought about a career in the industry. Enter Beam Camp: a novel summer camp that introduces kids to building things with their hands. It’s a simple concept that introduces kids to...

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Jun 7, 2019 12:58:48 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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

3 Tips for Substance-Free Construction Sites

While the growing legalization[1] of cannabis in the U.S. may be fueling new industries and is leading to an economic boom in states where it is legal, the use of drugs and alcohol on the job site can have a devastating impact on safety. Drug and alcohol abuse is prevalent among full-time construction

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May 16, 2019 5:14:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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