April 27, 2022

BetterBuiltNW April 2022 Newsletter



Every month this section features must-read content from past newsletters – just in case you missed it.

GoingDuctless.com Passes the Torch

After working with regional ductless heat pump contractors for over a decade, the NW Ductless Heat Pump Project retired on April 1, 2022. To find out how you can stay current with ductless heat pump resources, such as the Comfort Ready Home Contractor Network and more, click here.

BetterBuiltNW Trainee & Project Spotlight—Maggie Bates of A1DesignBuild

Design and construction professionals who have recently completed BetterBuiltNW trainings are great sources for lessons learned and best practices incorporated into their recently-completed, above-code projects. In this article, we feature Maggie Bates of A1DesignBuild and her Cable Street Faswall project. Maggie recently completed the Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) online training program, and then joined BetterBuiltNW and Earth Advantage during a live webinar to share how SHP influenced the design and construction of this Zero Energy Ready certified home in Bellingham, Washington. To read the article, click here.

Programs in the News

RESNET: Newly Approved Addenda and Public Comment on Proposed Addendum

RESNET recently announced newly approved addenda and public comments on various proposed addenda. To view this article, visit RESNET’s website here.

RESNET: A New Tool for Measuring Decarbonization Focuses on RESNET CO2 Index

This article explores building decarbonization as a way to address climate change. An estimated 35 percent of carbon emissions result from burning fossil fuels to power, heat, and cool buildings, and the article explains how the new RESNET CO2 Rating Index can help builders design homes that reduce emissions. To learn more, visit RESNET’s website here.

Built Green: 2022 Conference Breakout Sessions

Built Green is currently planning their annual Built Green Conference, scheduled for September 15, 2022 at South Seattle College. Anyone is welcome to submit a proposal for a breakout session. Proposals are due Friday, May 20, 2022. To read the article, visit Built Green’s website here.

Zero Energy Project: Multiple Building Science Articles

Zero Energy Project recently released the following articles, which address critical building science industry issues and explain building techniques and equipment through the lens of building science and energy efficiency.

Energy Vanguard: Multiple Building Science Articles

Energy Vanguard recently released the following articles, which inform builders and designers about advanced construction techniques and innovative building equipment.

Energy Code Compliance Montana: Exploring No-Concrete Slabs

Energy Code Compliance of Montana recently released the following article, which explores how the high imbedded carbon cost of manufacturing concrete—combined with the high cost of concrete itself—has led more and more architects and designers to reduce the amount of concrete used in energy-efficient, high-performance homes. This article discusses how the no-concrete slab construction technique can help replace the concrete in foundations. To read the article, visit Energy Code Compliance Montana’s website here.

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