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Home Efficiency Forum 2018 presentations now available, Top 10 Best Practices for Today’s Homebuilder and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes 3.2
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 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.
The RESNET Water Rating Index News will be released periodically to keep members of the various committees, advisory council, working group, technical subcommittees and interested parties appraised of developments with the RESNET/ICC Water Rating Index candidate-ANSI standard and the RESNET water efficiency rating program, HERSH2O.
A key to ensuring the quality of HERS ratings is to enhance the consistency with which the various accredited HERS software programs calculate HERS Index Scores. Too often in the past, the same home could receive a different score based upon the software program being used.
This Northwest Power and Conservation Council study took a long-term view of the impacts of energy efficiency in the economy by going back to 1990 and estimating what the energy demand in the region would have been in 2015 if the efficiency was kept at 1990 levels.
BetterBuiltNW has recently made updates to the AXIS User Interface for all utility partners that are intended to improve the overall user experience.
As codes continue to advance in the Northwest, home certification programs refresh their specifications, checklists and participation requirements to reflect these advancements.
The Home Efficiency Forum always convenes an exciting line up of speakers, and 2018’s conference was no different. One session of note was “What’s in Your Toolkit? Creating and Adopting Green Building Incentives,” delivered by Leah Missik of Built Green and Rose Lathrop of Sustainable Connections – both representing the Shift Zero alliance.
RESNET is undertaking a marketing campaign to increase the demand for HERS ratings. A key element is to communicate why builders should have their homes HERS rated. As part of this effort, RESNET has produced a short video targeting builders: "Why Builders Should Have Their Homes Rated."
Rheem® recently unveiled a heat pump water heater specifically designed for builders to maximize HERS and energy design ratings. The new Rheem Hybrid Builder Class residential heat pump water heater is Title 24 compliant and exceeds NEEA’s Advanced Water Heater Specification for Tier 3 products. The Builder Class water heater is available in 50-, 65- and 80-gallon capacities and is designed for installations in smaller spaces with minimal make up air required.
Single-family new construction Performance Path incentives are available from many utilities across the region. Please contact your local utility for additional details.
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