Archive | Construction Practices

What type of insulation do I choose?

What type of insulation do I choose for my renovation or new home?  Whether you are a home owner or builder, this question can be very difficult to answer.  The question is difficult even for an expert in the industry.  The best answer really depends on the situation.  Where is the insulation going, what part […]

Continue Reading

HERS Index Rating Video

RESNET has made a video which explains the HERS Index Rating in a very simple way.  Everyone who is building a new home should ask their builder for this.  If they don’t have one, chances are they are not paying close attention to the energy efficiency of the home they are building and I would find a […]

Continue Reading

What is a Blower Door Test?

If you are a builder or you have built a home in the last couple years there is a chance you know what a blower door test is.  If you plan to build a home in the future you will definitely know what one is.  Here in Michigan, we are scheduled to have a new […]

Continue Reading

Congress Extends Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit

It would be crazy for us, as U.S. Citizens, to expect our members of Congress to actually do work on an election year.  Right?  It must be right, because it took them until December to finally pass the Tax Credit Extenders, to where many of them had to go retroactive.  I wish I had the power, […]

Continue Reading

Energy Code Battle Ends in Michigan

UPDATE:  Michigan has adopted the 2015 Michigan Residential Code which contains the new provisions for the energy portion.  This was implemented on February 8, 2016.  Information in this blog post may be outdated.  Visit this PAGE for updated information on the code change. In May of this year, the battle for the new energy code […]

Continue Reading