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BetterBuiltNW Newsletter Q2 2018

Home Efficiency Forum 2018 registration now open, RESNET and PHIUS+ 2018 updates, Zero Energy Certified homes in the NW and the 2018 ENERGY STAR awards.

Rheem® Launches Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Builder Class

Rheem® recently unveiled a heat pump water heater specifically designed for builders to maximize HERS and energy design ratings. The new Rheem Hybrid Builder Class residential heat pump water heater is Title 24 compliant and exceeds NEEA’s Advanced Water Heater Specification for Tier 3 products. The Builder Class water heater is available in 50-, 65- and 80-gallon capacities and is designed for installations in smaller spaces with minimal make up air required. 

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Single-Family Performance Path Incentives Are Available!

Single-family new construction Performance Path incentives are available from many utilities across the region. Please contact your local utility for additional details.

Register for Home Efficiency Forum 2018

If you consider yourself a professional in the residential new home energy efficiency industry, you don’t want to miss Home Efficiency Forum 2018. We want you to take part in shaping our industry’s future. Join us in Boise, Idaho, to network, learn and share. 

2018 Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award Winners Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office announced the winners of the 2018 Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Awards in August. This year’s awards recognize 27 homes from 23 builders across the country, including a Performance Path home built 48% above code by Leading Force in Yakima, Washington.

Net Zero, Five Organizations, Five Ways

Did you know that five prominent home certification organizations offer net zero and net zero ready recognition for Northwest single family new homes?

  1. Built Green
  2. Department of Energy (DOE)
  3. Earth Advantage
  4. International Living Future Institute

Each of these organizations has a certification for net zero homes, and they vary slightly when it comes to the definition of net zero. Some certifications assess energy based on site use, while others look at source energy. Additionally, some require participants to model expected energy use, and others rely on demonstrated post-occupancy use. This article presents a high level overview of net zero certifications from these organizations - visit their websites to dive deeper and learn which certification makes sense for you.

See You at the 2018 Built Green Conference!

It's time again for one of the BetterBuiltNW team's favorite local green building events: the annual Built Green conference. The 2018 event will take place in Lynnwood, WA on September 13th, at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

The BetterBuiltNW team will present on the topic of: What We Do With Data in the Dark: Using Data to Transform the Market for High-Performance Homes. Read on for the full abstract, and we hope to see you there!

Three BetterBuiltNW partners earned ENERGY STAR® 2018 Awards

The 2018 ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production and sale of energy-efficient products and services and in the development and adoption of strategies that provide substantial energy and money savings in the buildings where we live and work. Three BetterBuiltNW partners were recognized this year.

Zero Energy Certified: Recognition for Four Northwest Homes

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) recognized four Northwest homes as Zero Energy Certified at this year’s Living Future unConference in Portland. This prestigious certification requires participants to conduct a one-year post-occupancy monitoring assessment to demonstrate that their homes offset all energy use with renewables. 

PHIUS+ 2018: What’s New?

The PHIUS+ 2018 Pilot is now open for use. PHIUS developed the draft 2018 PHIUS+ Standard to more accurately reflect the nuance of project types and size across climate zones and the relationship between envelope and floor area. PHIUS+ 2018 is the first updated revision, and PHIUS will phase it in through 2018, eventually replacing PHIUS+ 2015. 

RESNET® Update: Northwest Homes Strive for Net Zero

RESNET® recently shared an exciting update: More than 2,000 homes built in 2017 obtained a HERS Index Score of 40 or less, which RESNET considers the threshold for net-zero-energy homes. Thirty-two of these impressive homes are in the Northwest!

BetterBuiltNW Newsletter Q1 2018

Home Efficiency Forum 2018 location release, new single-family performance path programs and case studies from around the region.

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