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BetterBuiltNW Newsletter Q2 2019

ShiftBuilding Symposium, Living Building Challenge, Women in Residential Construction and more

Help Inform Tech Specs for Integrated Air Handler and ERV for Low Load Homes

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) recently developed an integrated air handler and ERV for low-load homes, and they are requesting your feedback to help inform technical specifications. SWA and the Department of Energy’s Building America program would greatly appreciate your industry insights on this 5-minute survey. Please complete the survey here.

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Wrestling a Bear – Advancing Programs Under Complex Codes

For builders aiming to comply with WSEC, for raters and energy consultants providing modeling and inspection services, and for above-code utility and home certification programs, the stringency and complexity of the current code, while both necessary and beneficial overall, also present a few hurdles in our efforts to continue providing homes that perform substantially better than code.

Building resilient new homes for today’s changing climate

There have been some big disasters lately that have made the headlines, and it’s hard not to relate to those climate-related events hitting closer to home. As these events occur more and more frequently, it’s even more important to plan ahead and factor the greater likelihood of weather and temperature changes as we build for the future. 

BetterBuiltNW Newsletter Q1 2019

2018 National Green Building Standard Green Partners of Excellence, RESNET Podcast, 2019 Northwest Home Tours and more

Get the free eBook: Beating the Heat Resilient Housing Design Guide

The Green Builder® has released its second edition of the strategic defense guide for building and preparing new and existing properties to withstand nature's fury.

Stay up to date on Home Energy Ratings

RESTalk, a podcast from RESNET, is the best way to stay current on everything going on in the world of Home Energy Ratings. It covers initiatives, standards, marketing and more. 

2018 National Green Building Standard Green Partners of Excellence

Each year, Home Innovation Research Labs recognizes the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Green Partners of Excellence. The award honors recipients for making outstanding contributions to advancing green building in their communities, and for their commitment to voluntary, market-driven, third-party certification of high-performance homes.

2019 Northwest Home Tours

The attached PDF lists the 2019 Home tours in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Single Family Performance Path transition to REM/Rate™ Version 15.7.1

Beginning on March 1, 2019, the Utility Incentive V2 – Single Family Performance Path program in AXIS will accept REM/Rate files created in version 15.7.1. Our teams worked extensively with Energy Trust of Oregon, Bonneville Power Administration, and the Regional Technical Forum to review and agree on the shift in REM/Rate versions.

Thanks for a successful 2018!

From all of us at BetterBuiltNW, thank you for a great 2018! Your participation and contributions help drive the region toward the most energy-efficient building practices in residential new construction. Here are a few highlights from the past year.

Home Energy Rating Variability Study

Home energy ratings are experiencing a growing role in energy code compliance. HERS Raters, in particular, often provide third-party verification services for minimum and above-code programs, including traditional compliance pathways contained in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and more recently the Energy Rating Index (ERI) pathway.  In recognition of this trend, the U.S. Department of Energy commissioned a study exploring the consistency and replicability of the HERS system, and in anticipation of HERS Raters assuming a greater role in energy code compliance.

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