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  • In New England, net-zero-energy homes are sprouting up like mushrooms - the first signs of the coming tsunami.

    Net-Zero Homes Show Signs of Convergent Evolution

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 29 May '15, 12pm

    In New England, builders who have been paying attention to energy issues for the last 20 years — the subset of builders who attend conferences sponsored by NESEA North East Sustainable Energy Association. A regional membership organization promoting sustainable energy solutions. NESEA...

  • Lawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax Credit

    Lawmaker Seeks to Extend the Investment Tax Credit

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 29 May '15, 9am

    A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would extend a key federal tax credit for solar and wind energy systems until 2021, five years later than its scheduled expiration for residential systems. UtilityDive reports that Representative Mike Thompson, a Democrat, called the in...

  • Get Ready for a New Energy Code

    Get Ready for a New Energy Code

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 26 May '15, 12pm

    By way of background, the International Building Code, as published by the International Code Council, establishes “the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare …” The ICC also developed the IRC International Residential Code. The one- and two-fa...

  • How to Hang Airtight Drywall

    How to Hang Airtight Drywall

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 25 May '15, 12pm

    The best corners are floated so that the drywall is not attached to wood that could form a drywall crack. To pull off an airtight-drywall job in this situation, install the first sheet into the corner without fastening the edge to a stud. Only caulk it. Next, apply a bead of caulk to ...

  • Green News: Developing Ratings For Window Shades

    Developing Ratings For Window Shades

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 27 May '15, 8am

    When you buy a new window for your house, an attached label from the National Fenestration Technically, any transparent or translucent material plus any sash, frame, mullion, or divider attached to it, including windows, skylights, glass doors, and curtain walls. Rating Council tells ...

  • Relative humidity conundrum

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 22 May '15, 2pm

    The accuracy of RH sensing instrumentation is all over the place. If the humidfier is sensing the return air stream it's typically 5F colder than the average room temp too, which would lead to a higher relative humidity at the same absolute moisture levels. The "relative" of "relative...

  • Lstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall Design. Joe's the master.

    Lstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall Design |

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 27 May '15, 3am

    Finger jointed 2x3s... by Dana Dorsett Finger jointed 2x3s are straight than milled 2x3s, and even straighter than milled 2x4s. While there are availability issue (can't pick 'em up at the box store, and aren't normally stocked at most building supply outlets catering to contractors),...

  • Sub-Slab Mineral Wool

    Sub-Slab Mineral Wool

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 22 May '15, 12pm

    The first sign that Roxul was ready to change its public position came last fall. In the November 2014 issue of Environmental Building News , former editor Alex Wilson shared the news that a Roxul representative at a Passive House A residential building construction standard requiring...

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