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Our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2022

Whew! How did 2022 go so quickly?!

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Dec 23, 2022 9:17:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

An Active Weekend for Passive House

Building industry members have an opportunity from November 11-13 to learn about Passive House buildings in the U.S. and globally during the International Passive House Open Days. Organized by the International Passive House Association, the event will provide the opportunity for those interested in these highly energy-efficient buildings to learn...

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Nov 11, 2022 5:49:39 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Home Building's Inflection Point

With much of the globe witnessing unprecedented heat waves and wildfires, the realities of climate change are undeniable. But how will this impact residential construction? How might builders consider the impacts of climate change on building resilience moving forward? This week we talked to NAIMA Canada Senior Technical Advisor Gary Sharp, a...

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Jul 22, 2022 7:27:02 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Top 10 States for HERS-Rated Homes

This week, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) highlighted the top 10 states for Home Energy Ratings-scored (HERS) homes in 2021. Twenty-two percent of new construction homes are rated each year, and in 2021, HERS-rated homes totaled more than 313,000. This represents a four percent increase over the number of ratings in 2020 and...

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Jun 24, 2022 7:15:59 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Energy Star 3.2 Cranks Up Envelope Efficiency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized the requirements for the latest version of its long-running ENERGY STAR Single Family New Home program. The National Version 3.2 puts the thermal envelope requirements of the 2021 International Energy Conservation code front and center. The new version now stipulates mandatory envelope...

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May 27, 2022 8:06:27 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

HERS-Rated Homes Top 300K in 2021

This week, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) reported that 313,153 homes received a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Score in 2021. The number of HERS homes continues to break records, having eclipsed the 299,775 in 2020. More than 3 million homes have been rated since the inception in 1995 of HERS scores, which are a home’s equivalent...

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Jan 20, 2022 2:45:45 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

5 Ways Climate is Reshaping Home Building

According to a report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week, 2021 was the sixth warmest year on record.[1] Further, the hottest decade ever recorded occurred between 2009 and 2019.[2] The planet’s warming trend is forcing home builders globally to get creative to address the challenges we’re confronting....

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Jan 14, 2022 6:58:26 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Great Insulation and Air Sealing at Lower Costs

In home construction, getting great air sealing and insulation are the Holy Grail in delivering a high-performance home with an effective thermal envelope. The prevailing belief among many in the building industry is that only spray foam insulation can deliver the thermal performance and airtightness that is required but that simply isn’t true....

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Sep 16, 2021 6:33:37 PM 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 found...

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Jun 18, 2021 8:04:38 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...

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

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