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2018 National Green Building Standard Green Partners of Excellence, RESNET Podcast, 2019 Northwest Home Tours and more
Home Efficiency Forum 2018 presentations now available, Top 10 Best Practices for Today’s Homebuilder and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes 3.2
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.
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.
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.
The attached PDF lists the 2019 Home tours in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
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.
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.
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