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A New Builder's Daily Emerges

John McManus retired last August from Hanley Wood after a nearly 20-year career in various senior editorial roles. Post “retirement,” McManus launched a brand-new publishing endeavor, The Builder’s Daily, a digitally published newsletter filled with thought-provoking and informative insights for the building industry. Insulation Institute...

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Aug 6, 2021 9:18:27 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...

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Jul 2, 2021 9:49:53 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...

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

Where's My Green Job?

An increasing focus on mitigating climate change and constructing sustainable, resilient buildings has created a green buildings industry exploding with job opportunities. However, many job seekers simply don’t know those occupations exist.

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Apr 9, 2021 8:29:55 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Pandemic Housing Trends to Watch

3 Pandemic Housing Trends to Watch

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, the virus continues to impact housing trends in America. While white-hot housing demand and the increase in construction prices are making headlines, there are other interesting trends shaping the current U.S. housing market that are worth noting. This week, we...

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Mar 18, 2021 4:59:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

FEMA Says Homes at Risk Due to Outdated Codes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a long-awaited study detailing archaic building codes' impact on communities. The report concludes that 65 percent of counties and municipalities in the United States have not adopted modern building codes. These communities incur an additional $1.6 billion a year in property damage...

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Nov 27, 2020 9:08:03 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...

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Aug 21, 2020 11:03:00 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...

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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...

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

Seeds for Workforce Success

While the terms sustainable, energy-efficient, and green building are broadly used to describe construction that centers on building performance, there’s no national program that focuses on career development in building performance. That’s why North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) Founder and CEO Ryan Miller is investing...

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Jul 2, 2020 9:43:10 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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