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Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News

Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News

Jim Gunshinan

Got this in my email and thought I'd share. Very good article by Joe Laquatra on the current serious lead hazards that may shock you into action and other great stuff—including from Home Energy's Alan Meier, from the folks at Cornell University:   Click here for a PDF file that contains the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News (HHE-News), the Extension Newsletter for the Department of Design & Environmental Analysis (DEA) ... [continue reading]

Certified Insulated Siding Builds Confidence in Energy-Efficient Cladding

Certified Insulated Siding Builds Confidence in Energy-Efficient Cladding

Matt Dobson

According to a recent study by Newport Ventures, Inc., a third-party energy consulting firm, insulated siding—vinyl siding with permanently attached foam insulation—can improve a home’s energy efficiency by reducing heat escaping through studs and other framing. While this cladding has been recognized as a continuous insulation option for improving energy performance for many years, now homeowners selecting insulated siding can have the confidence of certification to an ASTM quality ... [continue reading]

Warning: This Blog Post Contains Gross Generalizations

Warning: This Blog Post Contains Gross Generalizations

Jim Gunshinan

I try to avoid generalizations, especially the gross kind, but sometimes you have to climb up on the mountain to get the big picture. [continue reading]

New Study:

New Study: "Impact of LEED-Certified Affordable Housing on Asthma in the South Bronx"

Jim Gunshinan

Here is more evidence that the occupants of energy efficient, healthy, and affordable housing enjoy better health compared to those in traditional low-income housing.   The results of an in-depth study by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City of residents who recently moved into LEED-certified low-income multifamily housing showed: Decreases in continuous daily respiratory symptoms Decreases in asthma symptoms disrupting sleep Decreases in urgent visits to a healthcare professional for ... [continue reading]

Code Conflict Between 2012 IRC and 2012 IECC

Code Conflict Between 2012 IRC and 2012 IECC

Doug Garrett

It has come to my attention that there may be a building science-based conflict in the language of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). [continue reading]

Home Performance and HVAC Contractors: Recent Legislative Initiative In Texas

Home Performance and HVAC Contractors: Recent Legislative Initiative In Texas

Doug Garrett

As energy auditors and raters went about their business of testing homes, performing energy audits and HVAC system inspections, they discovered and reported certain “problems” to the homeowners of Texas. For example, they reported that HVAC systems were oversized, or suffering from massive duct leakage! In late 2011, The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), which oversees the HVAC industry, started getting complaints from contractors about these new energy auditors doing work that ... [continue reading]

U.S. DOE's HPwES Program Releases Draft Sponsor Guide for Public Comment

U.S. DOE's HPwES Program Releases Draft Sponsor Guide for Public Comment

Cortney Krauss

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (HPwES) released the draft Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Sponsor Guide and Reference Manual v1.5 (Sponsor Guide) for public comment on Monday, June 3, 2013. The Sponsor Guide is a technical document that outlines the requirements for Sponsors' participation in the national Program, as well as provides resources for program implementation and best practices. In response to the need for ... [continue reading]

Passive Proponent—Q&A with Brandon Weiss

Passive Proponent—Q&A with Brandon Weiss

Macie Melendez

President and founder of Chicago-based Weiss Building & Development, Brandon Weiss is a third-generation builder who credits time spent in Europe to his sustainable approach to life. [continue reading]

New National Healthy Housing Standard Published

New National Healthy Housing Standard Published

Rebecca Morley

Yesterday, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) unveiled a new National Healthy Housing Standard. The standard is aimed at improving the health of Americans by addressing serious health and safety hazards in U.S. homes. The home is the most dangerous place for U.S. families. Roughly 30 million families live in unsafe and unhealthy housing with broken heating and plumbing, holes in walls and ... [continue reading]

Reducing Waste in Residential Hot Water Distribution Systems: Field Study Recruitment

Reducing Waste in Residential Hot Water Distribution Systems: Field Study Recruitment

Jim Gunshinan

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) is conducting a study to explore the efficiency of hot water distribution systems in California residences. [continue reading]

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