Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

Creating a Building Envelope That Beats Code

In order to build a high performance home, builders need to embrace new technologies and techniques. The results can be greatly improved over traditional approaches. This white paper takes a look at some of the top things homebuilders should consider in choosing a wall system for the best building envelope.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks



High Performance Homes, No More Cost

High Performance Homes, No More Cost

This Best Practices document will provide many new real-world strategies and approaches to building a better high performance home without additional cost.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: EEBA


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Wall Assembly Study Will Guide Builders on Moisture Management

Wall Assembly Study Will Guide Builders on Moisture Management

Home builders are understandably reluctant to adopt the latest technology without knowing how it may perform over the long term.




Interest in ICFs Growing as Builders Look for High Performance Options

Interest in ICFs Growing as Builders Look for High Performance Options

As energy codes and consumer interest drive growth in high-performance home buildings, insulated concrete forms provide an attractive alternative to wood-frame construction.




ICFs Turning Up in Award Winning Homes

ICFs Turning Up in Award Winning Homes

For builders looking for ways to create high-performance homes efficiently, insulated concrete forms may be the answer. As the name implies, ICFs are EPS foam forms filled with concrete to form walls and foundations for home residential and commercial buildings....




High-performance products make builders' lives easier

High-performance products make builders' lives easier

Huber uses collaboration to increase relevancy in industry




Air and Water Management Solves High Performance Home Challenges

Air and Water Management Solves High Performance Home Challenges

​​​​​​​Build tight and ventilate right is the mantra of high performance home building, but actually pulling that off can be challenging for builders.




New Fan Technology Battles Ventilation Problems Plaguing Home Builders

New Fan Technology Battles Ventilation Problems Plaguing Home Builders

While a home may be built with adequate ventilation strategies according to current building codes, performance may vary in the actual installation.




Zero Energy Certification Awarded to the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse

Zero Energy Certification Awarded to the Lincoln Net Positive Farmhouse

With more than two years of measured occupancy to date, the home unquestionably provides exceptional energy performance, consuming 70 percent less energy than a code-built house.

Builder Steps Up for Zero Energy Ready Subdivision

Builder Steps Up for Zero Energy Ready Subdivision

The homes are pre-wired for solar so buyers can opt to go fully net-zero energy.




New Wall Assembly Uses Traditional Methods to Meet New Codes

New Wall Assembly Uses Traditional Methods to Meet New Codes

There are many paths to creating an energy-efficient all assembly, and a new approach that relies on traditional techniques is gaining ground. The Extended Plate and Beam Wall offers a way to incorporate continuous insulation on the exterior of the home using standard wood framing.




Building Codes Driving Builders to Seek High Performance Options

Building Codes Driving Builders to Seek High Performance Options

While many municipalities are still using the 2009 Energy Codes, the 2018 editions are under preparation for use in the residential building industry.




Cincinnati Tax Abatement Drives Historic LEED Home Renovation

Cincinnati Tax Abatement Drives Historic LEED Home Renovation

The project was two years in the making and the owners are hoping to achieve Gold LEED certification.

Two High Performance Homes Rise in Seattle Infill Neighborhood

Two High Performance Homes Rise in Seattle Infill Neighborhood

Two new industrial-modern style homes are just steps away from a popular area of artists, artisans, and manufacturers.

Mini Split Heat Pumps Adapting to High Performance Home Market

Mini Split Heat Pumps Adapting to High Performance Home Market

Mini split ductless heat pumps are making waves in the high performance home market.




Home Builders Use the HERS Ratings for ERI Compliance

Home Builders Use the HERS Ratings for ERI Compliance

Each point on the ERI scale represents a 1 percent change in the relative energy efficiency of the building.

Top high-performance builders share strategies

Top high-performance builders share strategies

Focusing on 'details,' developing sales staff key to success

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