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New York State Promotes High-Performance Houses

Posted on April 25,2015 by ScottG in incentive

Builders in New York State are now eligible for incentive grants of as much as $8,000 for building net-zero energy houses, according to an announcement by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Will the Energy Star Homes Program Survive Version 3?

Posted on April 25,2015 by ab3 in energy efficiency program

Back in 2009, I attended a webinar given by Sam Rashkin, head of the Energy Star new homes program at the time. (He has since left the EPA for the DOE.) He explained the changes coming in the program as they prepared for the transition from what we now call Version 2 to the new Version 3.

Massachusetts Owner-Builders Complete a Superinsulated Home

Posted on April 25,2015 by sdgio in energy efficiency

The superinsulated home that I designed and built for my family of three in Greenfield, Massachusetts has been comfortable for the entire year and serves as an example of successful design for our climate. We moved in to our new home in February 2012. Modest in size, our home measures 26 feet by 32 feet and has 1,500 square feet of living space, with two full floors plus a partial third floor tucked into the slopes of the cathedral ceiling. In order to decrease the overall volume while maximizing south-facing exposure, we chose a saltbox shape.

Energy Star Homes Must Comply with Version 3 Guidelines Now

Posted on April 25,2015 by ab3 in energy efficiency

On the 1st of this month, the Energy Star new homes program moved fully (well, almost) into the much more rigorous set of guidelines called Version 3. There's been a lot of discussion on the the transition for the past three years, when the Energy Star team at the U.S. EPA first started vetting the update with HERS raters and home builders. In case you've ignored or haven't heard much about it yet, here's a quick overview of what's new:

Ten Ways to Improve a New Home

Posted on April 25,2015 by user-756436 in blower door

Buying an inefficient refrigerator is an expensive mistake. But at least the solution is simple: you can always buy a new refrigerator. If you build an inefficient house, however, you may have an unfixable problem on your hands. Some newly built homes are so poorly designed, sited, and built that it would be cheaper to demolish them and start again than to correct all their flaws.

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