Tag: DOE

DOE Solicits Comments on Proposed Changes for Showerheads

Filed in Sustainability and Green Building by on August 24, 2020 3 Comments
DOE Solicits Comments on Proposed Changes for Showerheads

The Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice in the Federal Register on Aug. 13 announcing a proposed rulemaking to change the definition of showerheads and the test procedure for multi-nozzle fixtures. These changes could result in increased water usage across the country.

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DOE’s Solution Center: A Builder’s Best Friend

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on November 7, 2017 0 Comments
DOE’s Solution Center: A Builder’s Best Friend

Like adding a building scientist to your staff, the Building America Solution Center gives you easy-to-access best practices for new and existing home construction. The Solution Center is a free website tool sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Building America program that contains information on hundreds of topics ranging from air sealing and insulation to HVAC, windows, indoor air quality and much more.

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NAHB Member Homes Win DOE Housing Award

Filed in Committees and Councils, Environment by on August 21, 2017 1 Comment
NAHB Member Homes Win DOE Housing Award

Twenty-six homes from 24 builders, many of them NAHB members, have been awarded for meeting the rigorous techmical requirements of the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

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Feds Award New Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on July 17, 2017 0 Comments
Feds Award New Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

With the goal of reducing energy use in both new and existing homes, the Department of Energy is awarding more than $3 million in grants through its Building America program partners, including the Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB’s research arm.

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NAHB Members Dominate Energy Awards

Filed in Design, Environment, IBS by on November 7, 2016 0 Comments
NAHB Members Dominate Energy Awards

The Department of Energy selected its Housing Innovation Award winners during a late-September celebration in Frisco, Texas — and 27 of the 39 winners are NAHB members.

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Talks Continue on Energy Code Legislation

Filed in Advocacy, Environment by on October 4, 2016 2 Comments
Talks Continue on Energy Code Legislation

NAHB continues to hammer home the important message of cost-effectiveness as House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee conferees meet to finalize legislation intended to make buildings more energy efficient.

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Solar, Wind Power Installation Accelerates

Filed in Environment by on September 30, 2016 1 Comment

Wind power and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels accounted for more than two-thirds of the new electricity generating capacity installed in the U.S. last year. Cost is a big factor: the average residential PV installation costs have dropped 54% since 2008, while wind power costs have dropped 41%.

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Solar Appraisals Move Forward

Filed in Technology by on July 25, 2016 0 Comments
Solar Appraisals Move Forward

A new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says that it’s possible to demonstrate how homes equipped with solar panels are worth more than comparable homes without them.

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SolSmart Hopes to Spur Growth of Solar

Filed in Environment by on April 29, 2016 1 Comment
SolSmart Hopes to Spur Growth of Solar

Builders and remodelers whose clients are interested in solar power know that there’s a lot more to it than just the installation process. There’s the permitting, confusing rules about financing and incentive programs, and other potential hurdles that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says can add as much as $2,500 to the cost of going solar. Now DOE is stepping up to the plate with the launch of SolSmart, a community designation program intended to fuel the growth of solar power by knocking over these hurdles.

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Energy Codes: Hitting the Wall

Filed in Codes and Standards by on December 29, 2015 1 Comment
Energy Codes: Hitting the Wall

An ongoing study from the federal Department of Energy demonstrates how the law of diminishing returns also applies to energy codes. As code requirements become more stringent, the likelihood of achieving the increased performance levels diminishes.

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