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What is a Water-Resistive Barrier (WRB)?

Builders install a variety of products on the exterior of foundations, above-grade walls, and roofs as water-resistive barriers (WRBs), required by the International Residential Code (IRC). Water-resistive barriers are also called weather-resistant barriers, but the former term is now considered preferable. WRBs are buildings’ last and primary exterior water barrier. WRBs vary widely in their vapor …

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What Happened to the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014?

The Act and Its Downfall First off what is the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014?  The bill contains 4 parts.  Title I establishes a voluntary, market-driven approach to aligning the interests of commercial building owners and their tenants to reduce energy consumption. Title II exempts large grid-enabled electric-resistance water heaters from regulation if they contain thermal-storage …

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All That’s Old is New Again – Super-insulation then and now

John Krigger has practiced home performance and energy efficiency for more than 30 years. Over that time he’s collected a lot of research papers and articles.. We were doing some house cleaning recently and came across some of these older articles and papers in a filing cabinet. Many of them date back to the early …

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Want to Learn More about Energy Efficient Mortgages

In this post, Brittney Marino, a writer for Total Mortgage Services, explains energy efficient mortgages.  Saturn has given her the opportunity to “guest post” on our blog.  Please direct any questions regarding the content to Brittney. How Can an Energy Efficient Mortgage Help Me? Remodeling your home to become more energy efficient is certainly not …

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