Energy Efficiency

The Task Force Chair and Vice Chair pushed for adoption at the November meeting, as the trade associations had already worked out many compromises, and further delays make the path to full adoption on January 1, 2019 more difficult. 

Carlisle SynTec Systems recently introduced its InsulBase NH and SecurShield NH polyiso insulations. These products provide the same performance characteristics as standard polyiso products but contain no halogenated flame retardants.

Insulation greatly decreases the amount of energy we use, keeping our homes comfortable throughout the year. It’s a critical addition to protecting the environment in our daily lives. Here, we examine the three main types of insulation — fiberglass, cellulose, and foam — and weigh the pros and cons of each.

USG Corporation has partnered with Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing to create the Securock ExoAir 430 System.

A Denver initiative on the November ballot seeks to sprout more trees, shrubs and even vegetable gardens atop larger buildings across the city, a move that would accelerate a trend that has been embraced by some developers.

Oregon’s goal, as laid out in the executive order signed last week, is to achieve net-zero energy-ready buildings as standard practice across the state.

Built Green is excited to share its recent study, the largest of its kind. The study compared actual electricity use in homes certified by Built Green and non-certified homes. The results revealed that in some cases, Built Green homes were twice as efficient as predicted!

Developers of single- and multifamily homes these days strive to make them as high performing as possible.

Doing so comes with considerable benefits for both builders and buyers:

  • Lower energy expenses
  • Healthier indoor conditions
  • Less maintenance
  • Higher resale values

Windows and doors play key roles in a structure’s performance as the largest openings in thermal envelope and are responsible for the bulk of conditioned air loss in a home.

Today, during the Communities and Affordable Housing Unit at the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo, GBCI announced its adoption of the RELi standard.

Starting in 2020, with the next cycle of energy codes enacted by the California Energy Commission, the bar will be moved up to the highest it's ever been for newly built homes.