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    • Efficiency Advocates to Study Energy Audits April 20, 2018
      Subtitle:  If you've had an energy audit at your house, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy would like to hear from you Images:  Residential energy audits are supposed to give homeowners a clear idea of how they can reduce energy use and save money, but a lack of guidelines and standards for auditors means […]
      Scott Gibson
    • California Lenders Sued Over PACE Financing April 17, 2018
      Subtitle:  Attorneys claim that contractors pushed loans on homeowners who can't afford the payments Images:  Los Angeles County and two private lending partners have been sued by attorneys representing homeowners who say they were talked into taking out loans for energy upgrades but can't afford them and now risk losing their homes to foreclosure. read […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Lighting Loophole Cuts Into Energy Savings April 12, 2018
      Subtitle:  T12 fluorescent tubes should be mostly gone by now, but there are still plenty of them on store shelves Images:  The most inefficient type of fluorescent tube should have been pushed out of the market by a 2012 Department of Energy lighting standard, but a loophole has allowed millions of them to stay on […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Researchers Claim to Develop a Concrete Alternative April 9, 2018
      Subtitle:  The composite contains desert sand, an abundant material that can't be used in conventional concrete Images:  Researchers in the U.K. claim to have found a way to use desert sand in a composite construction material that's just as strong as concrete but has only half of its carbon footprintAmount of carbon dioxide and other […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Mass. Bill Would Require Energy Scorecards Be Given to Homebuyers April 5, 2018
      Subtitle:  The governor pitches a plan that would require sellers to provide potential buyers with energy assessments, beginning in 2021 Images:  The governor of Massachusetts has introduced legislation that by 2021 would require that people selling their homes provide potential buyers with home energy performance ratings. The Boston Globe said the measure filed by Gov. […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Construction Training Gets a Boost from Home Depot April 3, 2018
      Subtitle:  The building materials retailer will chip in $50 million over 10 years Images:  The big box retailer says The Home Depot Foundation's donation of $5 million a year over the next 10 years will help train carpenters, framers, electricians and plumbers — the very workers that builders can't find enough of in today's tight […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Timber Panel Fails at Oregon Building Site March 29, 2018
      Subtitle:  Oregon State University says the problem was limited to a single panel on the $80 million project Images:  A 4-foot by 20-foot cross-laminated timber panel in a building under construction at Oregon State University failed earlier this month, prompting the university to hire an outside engineer to investigate but leaving its commitment to the […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Building Products Dealer Dumps FedEx March 26, 2018
      Subtitle:  475 High Performance Building Supply says FedEx corporate support for 'extremist, deadly' views of National Rife Association prompts the switch Images:  Builders who order specialty supplies from New York-based 475 High Performance Building Supply can stop looking for the FedEx delivery truck. read more
      Scott Gibson
    • Aeroseal Rolls Out Air-Sealing Technology for Houses March 22, 2018
      Subtitle:  The developer of a duct-sealing system promotes a new technique to air-seal a whole house with a low VOC sealant in just a few hours Images:  For 20 years, a company called Aeroseal has been marketing a technique to seal air ducts from the inside with an aerosol mist, eliminating leaks that degrade the […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Commercial Net-Zero Buildings On the Rise March 19, 2018
      Subtitle:  Report tracks a sharp increase in commercial buildings with verified net-zero performance Images:  Although the numbers are still very small, proven net-zero energyProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. performance in commercial buildings is rising at […]
      Scott Gibson