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Webinar: Full Life Cycle Impact Approach for the Building Sector

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Aug 5, 2020 2:06:33 PM

Join an engaging webinar with DOE expert Heather Goetsch and learn specific ways to reduce the overall life cycle impact of a building.

On August 13 at 2:00 p.m., Heather Goetsch, PhD., AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the DOE Building Technologies Office, will talk specifics on how the building industry can reduce the embodied impacts of our built world. Click to reserve your spot. 

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ICC 2021 I-Codes Available for Pre-Order

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Aug 5, 2020 9:02:03 AM

The new I-Codes are out. Here are the highlights of the biggest changes and two important reasons every jurisdiction should update. 

The 2021 edition of the I-Codes includes updates and changes that will impact building professionals in all areas of the industry, from new wind maps to EV charger requirements to the ban of commercial cooking appliances in dwelling units. 

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The HVAC Revolution

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Aug 4, 2020 3:11:19 PM

Carrier’s brand-new Infinity® 26 air conditioner and Infinity® 24 heat pump with Greenspeed® Intelligence answer homeowner demand for the highest quality indoor air, comfort, and unparalleled energy efficiency. Come check out all the new features!

What’s so revolutionary about Carrier’s product? A lot. So much, in fact, we detailed it in this quick-read downloadable eBook so you can learn why the Infinity 26 and Infinity 24 with Greenspeed Intelligence is the best option for today’s high-performance homes.

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COVID-19 Housing Case Study: Still Booked Solid

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 29, 2020 9:09:00 AM

Ted Clifton, Owner/CEO Clifton View Homes and Zero-Energy Plans, Bellingham, Wash., has proof his zero energy home line is what buyers want in uncertain times.

GB: Is the coronavirus changing your business?

TC: We are in Washington, which has shut down all non-government residential and commercial construction, so yes.

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How to Use the Performance Path to Meet Energy Codes

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 28, 2020 9:41:38 AM

This new resource provides an overview of performance path options for meeting IECC requirements.

What is the performance path to energy code compliance? It is a way for building professionals to use cost-effective alternatives to traditional compliance paths to meet energy code requirements. 

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New Mexico Considers Revisions to Energy Code

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 28, 2020 8:50:19 AM

Around the nation, states grapple with energy code adoption. Here’s a report out of New Mexico.

In his July 25 The New Mexican column, Kim Shanahan, a Santa Fe builder and former executive officer of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, addresses proposed revisions to the New Mexico Efficiency Code. He calls the state’s potential adoption of an amended 2018 model code--which will impact both residential and commercial buildings--a  good compromise.

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New Guidance for Atmospheric Water Generators

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 27, 2020 1:08:00 PM

ASSE standard for atmospheric water generators designated an American National Standard.

Atmospheric water generators (AWGs) are devices that pull water out of the air to be used for drinking water, bathing, irrigation, fire sprinkler systems, and other uses. They are particularly useful for off-grid structures that have limited access to a water supply.

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USGBC Helps Municipalities to Become Resilient

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 24, 2020 2:04:24 PM

LEED guidance offers credits to make social equity and public health a part of sustainability planning.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released two new Safety First pilot credits as part of the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. The new credits are designed to help local governments and development authorities better prepare for and respond to future pandemic events.

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Get Listed In the Zero Energy Inventory

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 24, 2020 8:30:00 AM

The 5th Annual Zero Energy Inventory is now open. Enter your project today.

Team Zero (the Net Zero Energy Coalition) is embarking on its 5th annual Zero Energy Residential Buildings Inventory. If you are in the United States or Canada and are involved in zero energy home design and construction, this inventory is for you! You can register your projects at https://inventory.teamzero.org

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Webinar: Zero is the Future of Housing….And No Extra Cost if Optimized

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 21, 2020 10:00:01 AM

This free webinar is presented by Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office, on August 6, 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

The zero energy and zero-energy-ready train has left the station. Tens of thousands of homes already constructed provide compelling evidence that zero energy building is mainstream and cost-effective.

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ICC and SEAOC Release New Seismic Design Manuals

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 20, 2020 9:23:13 AM

The new seismic design manuals have been updated to reference the 2018 IBC and are available in both PDF and a new eBook format.

The International Code Council and the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) have partnered to release a joint publication of the 2018 IBC SEAOC Structural/Seismic Design Manuals. The updated series provides a guided approach to applying the structural provisions of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and referenced standards.

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SIPA Call for Projects

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 20, 2020 9:17:45 AM

 

September 18 is deadline for best structures in systems-built housing competition.

The 2021 Building Systems Councils Jerry Rouleau Awards for Marketing and Home Design are now open for entry. These awards recognize the best structures in systems-built housing. Each award category reflects the unique nature of a building technique (log, timber frame, modular, SIPs, panelized and concrete) represented by the Building Systems Councils.

SIPA (Structural Insulated Panel Association) will submit all residential, first place winners from the SIPA 2020 Building Excellence Awards competition as was done last year. All others are invited to submit their own applications. Don't miss early bird pricing expiring July 27. Enter today!

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IAPMO’s Water Demand Calculator Available for Download

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 14, 2020 2:06:12 PM

IAPMO’s Water Demand Calculator version 2.0 offers new and enhanced features.

While the basic template of the Water Demand Calculator remains intact, several new features have been added along the edge. The most significant new feature is the addition of a drop-down menu that offers a selection between a single- and multifamily building.

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