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March 2014

  • What Is a Climate Zone and How Does It Affect Insulation Requirements?

    When building a new home, it’s important to specify the appropriate materials to be installed in order to comply with building energy code.  The requirements of building energy code are determined by the climate zone in which the building is to be located.

    In the early 2000’s, a standard climate zone map was established to create a clear definition of climate zones across the nation for this purpose.  The map has since developed into eight•••

  • Marketing ENERGY STAR Homes to Millennials

    In our recent article, “How Will Future Demographic Changes Affect The Housing Market,” we discussed how the housing market is likely to be affected by the retirement of Baby Boomers and the increasing number of Millennials entering the housing market.  Noted in our discussion were the Millennials’ strong preferences for energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes.  These traits make them a perfect target customer for any ENERGY STAR homebuilder.  Below is a•••

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    ENERGY STAR Webinars on Manual J, S, & D

    ENERGY STAR is hosting a few webinars focused on Manual J, S, and D, scheduled through the end of March and into April.  These sessions are aimed at builders, raters, utility sponsors, and HVAC contractors.  See below to sign up or click HERE to learn more about these webinars.

      1. Thursday, March 20th 2014 @ 2-2:45pm ET:  “HVAC Design Webinar Series Part 1: The Basics of Manual J”
        • This webinar will cover the basics of Manual J•••

  • DOE Challenge Home Webinars – Go Above & Beyond ENERGY STAR

    If you’re a builder looking to build the ultimate energy efficient home than you’ll want to check out these DOE Challenge Home webinars, scheduled throughout March and April.  While ENERGY STAR is a prerequisite for the Challenge Home certification, topics and requirements that surpass those of the ENERGY STAR program will also be discussed.  All of these webinars are targeted towards builders, raters, utility sponsors, real estate agents, appraisers, and•••

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    Changes to Con Edison HVAC Rebate Program

    HVAC Contractors please take note of Con Edison’s recent changes to the rebate payments awarded under it’s Central Air Conditioning and Central Air Source Heat Pump program.  The new, reduced rebate amounts are effective for all installations taking place on or after March 15, 2014.  Be sure to update your records so and properly advise your customers.  The charts below detail the changes.CAC•••

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    2012 vs 2009 IECC: A Homebuilder’s Guide to Changing Energy Code Requirements

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy,  increased building energy codes and standards have the potential to save U.S. consumers an estimated $330 billion by 2040. This equates to 93 quads of cumulative full-fuel-cycle energy savings and 7 billion metric tons of avoided carbon dioxide emissions

    As of the date of this article, a total of 6 states (MA, RI, MD, IL, WA, CA)  have adopted the new 2012 IECC, while 27 others•••

  • How To Pass Your Blower Door Test (2009/2012 IECC)

    A Blower Door test is completed at the final stage of construction and involves a large fan that is placed in the door-frame of an exterior door, and used to depressurize a home to 50 Pascal pressure difference between inside and outside . 50 Pascals is a relatively small amount of pressure, roughly 0.00725 pounds per square inch. The amount of air moving through the fan is measured in Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM),•••