March 22, 2023

BetterBuiltNW March 2023 Newsletter



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

BetterBuiltNW Ask the Expert: Benefits of Home Certification Program

How can builders and raters use home certification programs to stand out in the market? To read this article, click here.

Resources for Understanding the Inflation Reduction Act

The passage of the IRA in 2022 has earmarked roughly $370 billion dollars to promote clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction in new and existing buildings. This article focuses on how builders and real estate professionals can take advantage of these opportunities. To read this article, click here.

Programs in the News

RESNET: Releases 2022 Annual Report: RESNET recently released its 2022 Annual Report, which provides a summary of the year’s budget statement, milestones and highlights, and a HERS Rater activity summary. To read the article, click here.

RESNET: Public Comment Draft MINHERS® Addenda: Addendum 62f and Addendum 68: RESNET released draft PDS-01 of Addendum 62f, Provider Disciplinary Actions, and Appeals Procedures for public review and comment. When completed and adopted, Addendum 62f will replace interim Addendum 62i, which took effect Oct. 28, 2022. To read this article, click here.

Energy Vanguard: How to Avoid the Flaw in Structural Insulated Panel Construction: Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are sandwiches of oriented strand board on each side with expanded polystyrene rigid foam in the middle. The advantages of SIPs are reduced thermal bridging, and easier control of heat, air, and moisture. The solid insulation embedded in panels means air sealing should be easier. This article details the experience the author had while building a home using SIPs. To read this article, click here.

Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS): MBAKS Updates Housing Toolkit: MBAKS recently produced an updated version of its Housing Toolkit, a resource designed to help local communities facilitate more diverse, attainable housing options for this growing region. First released in 2020, the toolkit highlights 43 specific code updates and process improvements to enable more housing choices. To read this article, click here.

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