Energy Efficiency

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.

In wood-framed buildings, addressing both insulation levels and air tightness in the building enclosure continue to be refined by code and elective program standards.

Thermafiber creates mineral wool from rock and blast furnace slag, a byproduct of the steel industry. We melt the raw materials in a furnace at temperatures above 2,600˚ F and spin them into fibers. We then package the fibers loose or form them into insulating blankets or boards.

What are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system, and is there a way to insulate that header without sacrificing the bearing surface for the joists?

On July 27, Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced S. 3295, "All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act."