Our Newest Reason to Brag and Your Best Reason to Attend!

We’re stoked!  RaterFest! 2015 is now officially a RESNET® Regional Conference. We couldn’t believe it, but when we applied for continuing education credits for our upcoming RaterFest! event, it took less than 24 hours to approval from our friends at RESNET. Thanks, RESNET. We’re proud to be called a RESNET Regional Conference. We won’t let Read the full article…

HERS-Advisor

RESNET® Pro Courses Now Available to Residential Building Industry

EnergyLogic Academy is now offering two new courses designed to educate the RESNET Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and the workings of the Home Energy Rating Industry to ‘non-Raters’ who work with Raters in New Residential Building.  We are proud to introduce the RESNET HERS Advisor and HERS Designer courses. Steve Byers, CEO of EnergyLogic, Read the full article…

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Top US Rating Companies Combine to Create Industry Collaborative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE An Independent Resource for Builders, EnergyPro Exchange Launches at NAHB’s International Builders’ Show Jan. 20, 2015, LAS VEGAS – To help meet the growing demand for energy efficient homes, as well as the renewed growth in new home construction, the country’s top energy raters announced today at the National Association of Home Read the full article…

IECC-2015

There’s a New Code in Town

The 2015 International Energy Conservation code has recently been published and we are seeing some local jurisdictions (Denver and Parker) beginning the process of adopting it. This new code is quite different from previous updates, and we’ve identified three unusual aspects of the code change that you should know about. 1. The actual increase in efficiency Read the full article…

There’s a New Code in Town (continued)

The 2015 IECC keeps the traditional pathways of compliance explained above but introduces the Energy Rating Index path (ERI).  The ERI has three main components: As with all pathways of compliance, the ERI path requires compliance with all the mandatory provisions of the IECC such as air leakage, duct leakage, ventilation, and air barrier/insulation requirements. Read the full article…

Black Hills

Black Hills Energy 2015 New Homes Program

Black Hills Energy just released their 2015 New Homes program.  The program structure is similar to past programs with a prescriptive path and a performance path but they have made it more enticing for Builders to participate.  There has been some confusion regarding ENERGY STAR.  Although the program does not require homes to meet ENERGY Read the full article…

Duct fan modification

Whole House Ventilation Strategy

As houses continue to be built tighter and tighter, the importance of ventilation and providing adequate fresh air to occupants grows.  Ventilation requirements of ENERGY STAR® and the 2012 IECC reflect this growing importance.  Recognizing that many builders are installing exhaust fans to meet whole-house ventilation requirements, manufacturers are offering some new-innovative fans and controllers Read the full article…

New Orleans, Bourbon Street At Night, Skyline Photography

Greenbuild 2014: Reinvigorating A Zeal for Sustainability

The city of New Orleans proved to be a perfect venue for this year’s annual Greenbuild Conference. Once crippled by storm surges from Hurricane Katrina, the city has come back with a vengeance, rejuvenated by a focus on durability and sustainability. Subsequent restorations and rebuilds have included techniques such as building raised structures on stilts, Read the full article…

Plumber

One Appraiser, Two Appraisers, Can I Get a Third?

What Builders need to know about Appraisers and the process… I recently attended the Energy Efficient Building Association conference and was pleasantly surprised to find that there are a number of builders getting significant value added to the appraisals of their home because they know the process and more importantly they know what the Appraiser Read the full article…

Protect Your Money

Xcel New Homes Program Ends for 2014, but…

Just a few weeks ago we were notified by Xcel Energy that the 2014 Energy Star New Homes Program funds have been exhausted. Rebates will no longer be issued for the remainder of this year.  This happened last year, then Xcel restarted the program a week later after finding extra funds. Although reopening the program Read the full article…