August 24, 2022
BetterBuiltNW August 2022 Newsletter
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Every month this section features must-read content from past newsletters – just in case you missed it.
- Case Study: Ten Townhomes Tie for Energy Efficiency
BetterBuiltNW Case Study: Best Energy Upgrades to Position Builders for Long-Term Success
Market shifts and changing energy codes continue to reshape building practices in the Northwest. This case study features high-impact energy-efficient measures builders can use to differentiate their homes from others on the market and stay ahead of evolving code. To read this article, click here.
Programs in the News
Montana Department of Environmental Quality: Solar Ready Provisions - Appendix RB: Summary Information
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality recently released their Summer 2022 newsletter, which details a summary of Solar Ready Provisions—Appendix RB from the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code. To read the article, click here.
RESNET: Interpretations to Clarify Standards
Standards, especially RESNET’s American National Standards, follow a format that provides massive amounts of critical information in cryptic/codified language. RESNET develops interpretations to these standards, and it is important for Raters and Providers to know where to find them so they can check for new ones periodically. To read the article, click here.
RESNET: Highlights of Changes to 45L in Inflation Reduction Act
After years of advocacy by RESNET and its allies on extending and reforming the 45L federal tax credit for energy-efficient homes, Congress has passed, and President Biden has signed into law, the Inflation Reduction Act. This important legislative action includes provisions regarding the 45L tax credit, which expired on December 31, 2021. To read this article, click here.
RESNET: Green Bond Market for Single Family Energy Efficient Homes Grows
For decades, RESNET has been advocating for the mortgage process to credit the energy performance of a home. This effort is beginning to pay off. The two major purchasers of mortgages on the secondary market, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, both have issued green bonds for energy-efficient homes. To learn more, click here.
RESNET: ICC Promotes IECC/HERS Compliance Specialist Benefit to Code Officials
This article details the importance of working with ICC IECC/HERS Compliance Specialists. The article also discusses how ICC worked closely with RESNET to develop this new credential, which requires HERS Raters and Rating Field Inspectors to obtain their ICC Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner Certification to verify their energy code compliance competency. To read this article, click here.
Zero Energy Project: Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) Launches Free Online Database of Sustainable Building Products
EEBA and ecomedes have compiled a trove of eco-friendly building products for homes: the EEBA & ecomedes sustainable building products database. This free online tool is designed to help you find the green materials you need in a snap. Users can select products by sustainability attributes, labels, and certifications. To read this article, click here.