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The Top 10 States for LEED Green Building

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and the number of LEED-certified buildings in the United States continues to grow. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released the top 10 states for LEED Green building in 2019, a year in which the total number...

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Feb 13, 2020 4:53:55 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Number of HERS-Rated Homes Grows

The number of HERS-related homes in the United States continues to expand, according to new data released by Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).  In 2019 a total of 241,909 homes in the United States were HERS-rated compared with 236,116 in 2018. That is an increase of 5,793 homes in one year. To date, 2.7 million homes have been...

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Jan 23, 2020 4:51:05 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Meet America's Best Installer

Gerardo Macias, an insulation installer with Northern Insulation in Wauconda, IL, is the winner of the 2019 “America’s Best Installer” competition, held Nov. 7-9 in Denver, CO, and won the event’s top prize of $10,000. The annual competition, hosted by Insulate America and Johns Manville, saw Macias compete against contenders for the title in...

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Nov 14, 2019 5:05:20 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Bentley's 4 Rules for High-Performance Homes

Jeff Bentley is a fifth-generation home builder who’s built more than 4,000 houses and sold more than 2,000 homes in more than 45 years in residential construction. He’s also a HERS rater, LEED Green Builder and REALTOR® whose counsel on energy-efficient home building is highly sought after.  Insulation Institute reached out to Bentley to find...

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Aug 30, 2019 8:35:29 AM 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

Building Envelope Efficiency Without Compromise

Which is the more cost-effective method of reaching energy code requirements, saving energy or generating it with solar panels on-site? According to a new report, the answer is clear.  

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May 8, 2019 12:37:22 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Mineral Wool: A Solution to Thermal Bridging

Thermal bridging or the escape of heat through low-performing areas in a building envelope presents a huge problem for builders interested in energy-efficient buildings. One of the reasons that modern buildings are now more energy efficient than ever is that newer building energy codes, like the 2015 IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 prescriptively include...

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Mar 21, 2019 9:43:20 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Technology is a Bullet Train, Home Building a Bicycle

If technology is a bullet train, home building is a bicycle. Technological changes occur at a dizzying pace, but the main design of the bicycle – like that of a home, has changed very little in centuries. However, while home design principles haven’t changed much, architects and builders have more knowledge than ever before of building science...

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Nov 29, 2018 4:51:19 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Master the Training, Witness the Test

In the quest to meet new energy code requirements of the 2012/15 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), some builders are finding that passing that all-important blower door test is their biggest challenge. As we’ve reported earlier this year, only 40 to 50 percent of new construction homes that must now meet the 3 ACH50 blower door...

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Sep 6, 2018 10:45:14 AM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

3 Common Problems Found in New Home Inspections

Home Builders take pride in the quality construction and workmanship of new homes. But even the best builder will occasionally be challenged with flaws in new construction that must be corrected. The complexity of new home construction, buyers’ lack of understanding about new home warranties, and internet savvy consumers raise the stakes for...

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Jun 7, 2018 4:20:57 PM Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

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