This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley.
Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions. Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true.
Windows: We see through them every day and curse the drafts coming through and around them. We are certain that old windows are the main culprit behind why we spend so much…Continue
Rainwater harvesting is a system which requires a two-step process. The two major events in rainwater harvesting are catchment and storage. The first hurdle is developing an adequate method of collection. Once the rain is collected, a proper and large storage system is required. The complexity and size can vary dramatically. The simplest methods involve the rerouting of gutters into an above ground rain barrel up to a complex system of catchment dishes, filters, pumps, ponds and…Continue
Added by GBRI on March 24, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments
Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta
Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta?
Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait...What?!?!?
Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it's one of the more difficult climates to design and build in. We get both extremes.
I'm not saying we know what cold is, like all y'all do up yonder in them…Continue
Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home
This is the home.
This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) "innocently" made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK…Continue
Added by Gabrielle Rossetti on November 2, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
As the demands for Green Buildings increase, so does the demand for comprehensive rating systems that define exactly what a Green Building is. While it may seem like having a rating system for Green Buildings would confine Green Building and discourage innovation, this is not the case. Many different Green Building rating systems that are currently in place encourage innovation and builders who incorporate particularly innovative aspects into their Green Building can earn extra points and…Continue
Added by GBRI on September 17, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
ABAA – Air Barrier Association of America
The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 and consists of…
Building Science is Worthless...
Thousands of hours went in this construction detail. When we factor all the time spent by building science engineers, from all over the world,…Continue
Have you heard about the new NATE Certified RESNET HERS Rater HVAC Performance Verifier Certification? Get it now for only $399 - no hidden fees, no extra charges. Join our 1-day pre-conference workshop in Wilmington, NC and earn the new certification!
After joining the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), we were invited to offer two full-day workshops in advance of the 2015 NCBPA Conference in Wilmington, NC.
Our NCBPA pre-conference…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on August 6, 2015 at 7:23am — No Comments
The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission announced significant changes to the Florida Building Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.
Now available, the …Continue
Added by Everblue Training on June 24, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments
I was called in to perform a last minute duct test for a modular home builder. He was all in a dither to have a duct test and a blower door test done on a Friday so that he could get his Certificate of Occupancy (CO) so the homeowner could move in the following Monday. He said that he’d just found out that he needed these tests. The building inspector asked for them at the last minute!
I was glad to do it partially because it’s good to have builders aware of what is going on…Continue
If your building is not tested by air testing companies uk then air will continue to flow through the leakages and damage your wall, increase your power consumption and you will suffer from allergic diseases.
Air tightness testing can be done after the building construction is completed. It is recommended to hire air testing experts for your…Continue
Added by Lee Blanchard on March 10, 2015 at 4:42am — No Comments
Indoor air testing and detection of impure particles suspended in the air are definitely a laborious task but in order to keep a building and the rooms of a house safe and pollution-free, there are serious needs of air quality testing. We often tend to ignore the fact that due to air impurities almost more than seven million people die in the world every year due to respiratory ailments caused by moulds, termites, carpet dusts, pesticides and even room…Continue
Added by Lee Blanchard on March 9, 2015 at 3:48am — No Comments
Sandeep and Carolyn Sood own several apartment buildings in Chicago, but the 55-unit building at 6731 S. Jeffery Boulevard is special. The building is one of the first in the country to receive the new ENERGY STAR® certification for multifamily buildings.
“For us, it’s an important designation. It shows people that want to live here that we care.…Continue
In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on October 8, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments
Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her…Continue
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announced its collaboration with the International Code Council last week in an effort to help home builders transition to the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In the upcoming version of the residential building code, RESNET's HERS Index will be an optional compliance path — some people are saying that this compliance path represents the most significant change coming to 2015 IECC.
What is the…Continue
Cities grafting green-building certifications like LEED into commercial building codes is nothing new, and a number of places like Dallas, Atlanta, Boston and Scottsdale have had such requirements in place for a decade or more.
What’s happening now is that cities are doing likewise with…Continue