Energy Efficiency

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 209-2018, Energy Simulation Aided Design for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is the product of a half-decade of inertia within the building design and construction community toward leveraging energy modeling a design tool through a project.

Recently, two seven-story, mid-rise residential buildings located in the heart of Manhattan were in need of some TLC (and spray foam) to keep the spaces energy-efficient, impermeable, and comfortable to live in.

When a homebuilder heard there was an affordable new tape-and-panel, code-compliant way to put up housewrap, reflective insulation, and OSB sheathing in a single pass, he was all ears.

Designed for flexibility of use and adaptability to different environments, the ELM can be used for commercial or residential use; in urban, suburban, or rural contexts; and in hot or cold climates; all while addressing needs for energy, water, food, and shelter without the need for any grid or utility connection.

Today, 19 pioneering mayors, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from their cities by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

ProSales Magazine recently published an article highlighting a number of new products that have hit the market that help builders construct “tighter, more energy-efficient building enclosures in less time.” The article focuses on the following product categories and producers

Green’s Phoenix ranch house, built in 1979, doesn’t have a single solar panel installed. It doesn’t capture rain water and reuse it. And it isn’t built with any specialty materials. Despite that, it has become the first home in the state to receive the prestigious Pearl Gold certification for energy efficiency.

In this video, Austin home builder Matt Risinger ‘steals’ five tool ideas from commercial builders that can make it much easier to install fluid-applied membranes.

Sometimes called the “perfect wall,” this design puts all the control layers (for temperature, moisture, air, and water vapor) on the outside of the wall, thereby protecting the structure.  The only variable for this design is the thickness of the exterior continuous insulation. 

The 70,500-square-foot, three-story Gerstacker Building on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland is MidMichigan Health's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building.