Tag: Home Innovation

Can I Bury My Ducts in the Attic Insulation?

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building by on August 10, 2017 0 Comments
Can I Bury My Ducts in the Attic Insulation?

Craig Drumheller wanted to know why the ductwork for his home air conditioning system ran through the highest and hottest portion of his attic, making the system work extra hard to keep the conditioned air cool. Why was the practice of burying the ductwork in the attic insulation prohibited in his jurisdiction?

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Feds Award New Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental 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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Research, Educate and Build a Workforce

Filed in Leadership by on January 20, 2017 0 Comments

NAHB’s Federation encompasses more than our 700 state and local home builders associations and talented members. It also includes our affiliates: The Home Innovation Research Labs; HBI, our workforce development arm; and the National Housing Endowment. This video introduces you to all three.

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Tech Notes Help You ‘Build Tight and Ventilate Right’

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental, Home Building by on December 7, 2016 1 Comment
Tech Notes Help You ‘Build Tight and Ventilate Right’

Recent editions of the energy code have introduced higher levels of insulation, increased building air-tightness and mechanical ventilation requirements. It’s enough to keep a builder up at night figuring out howRecent editions of the energy code have introduced higher levels of insulation, increased building air-tightness and mechanical ventilation requirements. It’s enough to keep a builder up at night figuring out how to comply with these ever-increasing requirements for tight, energy-efficient homes.

NAHB is here to help. . NAHB is here to help.

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NGBS: Out with the Old, In with the New

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on November 28, 2016 0 Comments
NGBS: Out with the Old, In with the New

As 2016 comes to a close, a sunset date has been set for the projects seeking certification under the 2012 version of the National Green Building Standard. Meanwhile, plans already are gearing up for the 4th edition.

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Communities Where More than the Grass is Greener

Communities Where More than the Grass is Greener

The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) was released in March. This post is the second in a series of eight that will examine what’s different in this new edition – and what’s changed in the world of sustainable construction since the 2012 NGBS. This week: Updates to Site Design and Development.

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A New Generation of Greener Homes

Filed in Environmental, Home Building by on July 26, 2016 1 Comment
A New Generation of Greener Homes

The ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) was released in March. This post is the first in a series of eight that will examine what’s different in this new edition – and what’s changed in the world of sustainable construction since the 2012 NGBS.

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Study to Test Window Insulation Techniques

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on May 27, 2016 1 Comment
Study to Test Window Insulation Techniques

The Department of Energy has awarded grants totaling $5.5 million to Home Innovation Research Labs and seven other companies to offer solutions for homes designed to save their owners money on utility bills while providing a more comfortable environment. Partners will pilot several innovative approaches including low-cost construction methods, affordable zero-energy ready homes and highly efficient integrated heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

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