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RESNET, ICC to Develop Standard for Virtual Inpections

The International Code Council (ICC) and RESNET have teamed up to develop a new ANSI Standard on remote virtual inspections (RVI) for buildings' energy and water use performance. The standard will be developed using RESNET's ANSI-accredited procedures and will be based on the ICC's "Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections."

Jul 30, 2021 8:23:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Impressive Benefits of EE Investments

New analysis from the American Council for an Energy-Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) reveals that energy efficiency investments could result in massive job growth while simultaneously reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving consumers money.

Jul 15, 2021 3:32:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

The Building Efficiency Accelerator

Addressing CO2 emissions in the built environment is critical in combatting climate change. Yet despite the urgency of the effort and the potential benefits to building occupants, roughly 80 percent of the energy savings potential in buildings globally remains untapped, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).[1] In response, WRI has...

Jul 9, 2021 8:29:37 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Better, Greener AC

Better, Greener Residential AC

Record heatwaves remind us that residential air conditioners (AC) are a wonderful invention, and as sweltering heat blankets much of the country, the demand for home AC will only increase. Unfortunately, this only drives CO2 emissions higher, increasing global warming. One way that we can ensure that we reduce...

Jul 2, 2021 9:49:53 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

A Hot New Home and Missing Insulation

New homeowner Evelyn Cagnetti recently contacted NAIMA to share her frustration about her new Energy Star home, which she had built in February of last year. Shortly after moving in, Evelyn noticed that the upstairs was hot, stale, and stuffy during the winter months. Still, she didn't know why until she checked the second-floor ceiling and...

Jun 18, 2021 8:04:38 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Three Takes on the Labor Shortage

According to an Associated Builders and Contractors report, the U.S. construction industry needs to hire more than 430,000 more workers this year than in 2020 to keep pace with construction demand.[1] While construction has had a longstanding skilled labor shortage since the great recession in 2008, theories abound on why attracting skilled...

Jun 4, 2021 8:21:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Could Your Next Home Be 3D Printed?

The U.S. housing market saw a record low supply of homes for sale at 1.16 million in April, down 25 percent from the prior year. With demand driven by the lowest fixed mortgage rates in 50 years, a current housing shortage at 4 million homes nationwide,[1] and higher costs for building materials, land, and labor, any home building option that...

May 27, 2021 9:45:40 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

DOE Analysis of the 2021 IECC Reveals Big Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently issued a preliminary analysis of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), noting that the code will improve energy efficiency in residential buildings. DOE’s technical analysis of the updated code (relative to the 2018 IECC edition) pegs...

May 21, 2021 11:25:39 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Trading Off Thermal Resistance is a Very, Very Bad Idea

If you’ve been following our blog for some time now, you know that we write regularly about basic building science. In fact, we completed a primer, Building Science 101 with Building Scientist Allison Bailes a few years back. Dr. Bailes, a Georgia resident, recently wrote the state’s Department of Community Affairs to object to a proposal that...

May 13, 2021 4:23:42 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

New Guide: Insulating Your Home Office for Sound Control

Experts predict that 20-30 percent of the U.S. workforce could be working from home multiple days per week by the end of 2021.[1] With this shift to remote work, a dedicated home office becomes essential, and optimizing that space for functionality and comfort is a top priority.

May 7, 2021 9:09:04 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd