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News From Rob Pickett

Healthy Forests, Happy Industry

With so much press about the environment and climate change, it is worthwhile to take in the facts from solid research on the world’s forests. Thanks to a LinkedIn discussion, I came across a site I was unaware of: www.forest.jrc.ec.europa.eu. The site speaks for itself, offering various resources as well as the European Atlas of Forest…

Certification Levels and Real Estate

As we all know real estate appraisals are huge in the housing market, but many things that make a home energy efficient can not actually be seen which makes it hard to compare homes apples to apples. We may see this change in the near future. The Appraisal Institute and RESNET are now working on getting…

103% Increase in the Number of HERS Rated Net Zero Energy Homes from 2013 to 2015

Since the development of the 2009 ICC International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), I have been promoting certification of log homes through EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program (www.energystar.gov). With the 2015 IECC comes a new compliance path via Section 406 Energy Rating Index. This Index is very closely related to RESNET’s Home Energy Rating System. Below is…

Revisiting Clay-Based Construction Materials

I came across this article by Damon Embling, on Europe’s construction industry cutting carbon emissions and energy consumption by revisiting clay-based construction materials. It was too good not to share: The concept of building with biomaterials is nothing new – mud and grass has been used in some countries for centuries. “Thirty percent of houses…