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A New Metric for Tracking Energy Codes Driving Toward Zero

A New Metric for Tracking Energy Codes Driving Toward Zero

By Kevin Carbonnier

ACEEE’s 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was released in late September with Massachusetts leading based on six categories including utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiative and appliance standards, according to ACEEE. Looking ahead, there are changes […]

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Snow On Your Roof…Do You Treat the Symptom or the Cause?

Snow build-up and icicles can damage your roof. Proper air-sealing and insulation can help avoid this problem. Photo credit allstate.com

By Bob Tortorice

Believe it or not, snow build-up on your roof is caused by the lack of heat escaping to it, in […]

Burlington 2030 District Private-public Partnership Created to Address Climate Change

Leading Burlington, Vermont businesses and institutions have committed over 3.6 million square feet to participate in the Burlington 2030 District, a private-public partnership working to reduce building energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions 50% by 2030. By establishing the economic case for the necessary reductions, the District helps property owners increase asset value, reduce […]

Understanding the Sustainable Supply Chain

By Alex Popp

Many green building programs put a heavy emphasis on not only the sustainability of a building once it is built, but increasingly so on the sourcing and management of building materials in an environmentally responsible way. Sustainable Supply Chain (SSC), sometimes referred to as “cradle-to-cradle,” is the standard term to reference […]

Weatherizing The Upper Valley

Round Two Launches in January

Most basements have no air sealing or insulation around the band joists. Installing foam insulation and air sealing around the edges is one option for reducing the heat loss and the infiltration of cold air into the home. Courtesy: Efficiency Vermont.

By Paige Heverly, Vital Communities

After a successful […]

Your invitation to New York Build

 

Become an Event Ambassador for New York Build 2018, the leading construction and design expo in NYC. Claim your place for FREE today New York Build is set to make a big return on March, 19-20 2018 at the Javits Center. As the leading construction and design expo to focus exclusively on projects […]

Abstract Deadline Approaching for 2018 Summer Study in Buildings

The 2018 Summer Study in Buildings will be held this coming summer in Pacific Grove, CA. The Study includes a panel on Building Energy Codes & Standards, hosted by David Cohan of the DOE Building Energy Codes Program, and featuring cutting-edge research impacting our industry and the future of energy efficiency in buildings. Researchers are […]

Nanogrids: A Whole-Building Approach to Distributed Energy Resources

By Eric Wallace

Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are a growing part of the energy landscape in the United States, and they are becoming an ever more attractive opportunity for households, companies, and building owners to gain control of their own energy needs. By 2024, it is estimated that solar PV […]

Is Natural Ventilation Enough to Overcome Moisture Problems?

In the winter, does moisture form in the bottom corners of your windows? Photo: diy.stackexchange.com

By Bob Tortorice

Moisture is the silent killer of houses. Just as with cancer, you may not know it’s a problem until it’s too late. But, in a way that’s similar to many cancers, if detected early, a moisture […]

A Net Zero Concrete Home

 

Homerun House, a net-zero concrete demonstration home where the concrete modulates the temperature Cont’d on p.29 and a solar PV array is employed. Photos courtesy of Dave Sellers.

The low cost of longevity

By George Harvey

Tell and environmentalist that you are building a net-zero home out of concrete, and […]