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Barbara Horwitz-Bennet

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Net-Zero for the Masses

Posted by Barbara Horwitz-Bennet

Aug 22, 2018 4:12:00 PM

Wendell Falls offers homeowners a chance to soak up some sun.

Demonstrating that near-net-zero homes can be affordable for more North Carolinians, a new development just east of Raleigh combines solar panels, a home battery and sustainably built homes that are 23 percent more energy efficient than the average local home.

At Wendell Falls (www.wendellfalls.com), a 3,348-home master-planned community, low-E windows, advanced framing, high-efficiency lighting and appliances, WaterSense-certified faucets and toilets, tankless water heaters and third-party blower door, duct and exhaust flow testing combine to deliver an average low Residential Energy Services Network Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 63. However, what really sets this 1,267-acre project apart is the opportunity to incorporate rooftop solar panels and a Tesla home battery, delivering greater grid independence at an affordable price point.

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Buttoned-up Basements

Posted by Barbara Horwitz-Bennet

Aug 17, 2015 2:37:00 PM

A well-waterproofed and insulated basement offers a plethora of benefits, including improved IAQ, occupant health and lower HVAC bills.

WHILE YOUR CLIENTS may wish to finish their basements so they can squeeze an extra room or two out of their houses, a properly sealed and insulated basement is more than a nice amenity. In fact, finishing these spaces can support better air quality and lower HVAC costs.

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The Truth About Fly Ash

Posted by Barbara Horwitz-Bennet

Feb 6, 2015 7:38:00 PM

Construction materials made with fly ash offer great sustainable and performance benefits, but are they environmentally safe?

THE USE OF FLY ASH IN BUILDING MATERIALS diverts millions of tons of ash from the landfills each year, increases the constructability and durability of concrete and brick, partially replaces energy-intensive Portland cement, and is recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system as a post-industrial recycled material.

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