December 21, 2022

BetterBuiltNW December 2022 Newsletter



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

Programs in the News

RESNET: RESNET Releases 2023 Mission, Goals, and Priorities
RESNET recently released their mission, goals, and priorities for 2023, which were adopted by the RESNET Board of Directors on October 7, 2022. To read this article, click here.

RESNET: RESNET Announces Newly Approved MINHERS Addendum 62i, 71i, 66f and 69

RESNET recently announced update to multiple MINHERS addendums, including reasons for the updates and the dates they are effective. To read this article, click here.

Home Innovation Research Labs: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Tax Incentive Chart

The IRA of 2022 provides many new tax credits and incentives to promote and increase energy efficiency in new homes. To make this new landscape a bit easier to navigate, Home Innovation Research Labs recently published a tax incentive chart that details eligibility for tax credits for residential builders. To read this article, click here.

Builders for Climate Action: What is Embodied Carbon in Buildings?

This five-minute YouTube video explains upfront embodied carbon emissions from buildings. The video shows how material selection can make the difference between a building with a huge carbon footprint or a building that is actually a net carbon sink.
To read this article, click here.

Zero Energy Project: Embodied Carbon: Reduce Your Home's Hidden Carbon Footprint

This article discusses the difference between operational carbon and embodied carbon, and why builders need to understand the distinction in order to design and build homes that keep carbon emissions as low as possible. To read this article, click here.

Zero Energy Project: Low-Cost, High-Value Opportunities to Reduce Embodied Carbon in Buildings

This article discusses finding from RMI’s 2021 report, Reducing Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Low-Cost, High-Value Opportunities, which demonstrates low- or no-cost options to reduce embodied carbon in buildings and provides design and construction strategies that can help limit a project’s embodied carbon. To read this article, click here.

Energy Vanguard: Heat Pump or Furnace: Which Is Better for Comfort?

This Energy Vanguard article explains why system design in crucial when using heat pumps in a home, and how that design can provide occupants with better comfort than traditional furnaces. To read this article, click here.

Energy Trust of Oregon EPS™ New Construction: New Energy Performance Score Sheet Available

Every home that participates in Energy Trust’s EPS™ New Construction offer receives an Energy Performance Score (EPS). Participating builders can differentiate themselves in the market by leveraging the EPS sheet, which showcases their home’s estimated monthly energy bills, EPS and more. Energy Trust recently updated and published new EPS sheets, which are designed to help even more. To read this article, click here. `

Energy Trust of Oregon EPS™ New Construction: Construction Incentives in 2023

Energy Trust’s EPS New Construction program periodically updates incentives and offers to drive more savings and respond to changes in the market. While there will be no immediate changes to EPS New Construction incentives at the beginning of 2023, Energy Trust recently updated their current offerings, including some updates that launched in April 2022. To read this article, click here.

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