Zero Energy Buildings growth driven by government policy, stringent codes, technologies

Restraints include high upfront cost, and lack of universal definition and approaches. Building Design + Construction. Codes and Standards, Peter Fabris, January 11, 2021

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2021 Construction Forecast

Non-Residential Building Spending will drop 5.7%, Bounce Back in 2022. Building Design +Construction, Market Data, January 19, 2021

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States Adopt New Energy-Saving Rules but COVID-19 Slows Overall Progress

Minnesota (#9), the Midwest’s leader, continues to report strong results from utility-run programs that help customers save energy. Building Enclosure 12-16-20

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Two Wrongs

Academics Don’t Always Understand That The Country Needs Skilled Labor—And That A Computer Won’t Fill That Gap. Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Mark Fowler October 2020

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How to Consider Costs and Benefits for High-Performance Residential Buildings

Investing in high-performance construction strategies may come at a premium as you learn the specifics of green design, but many of the costs can be recouped. NAHB Best in America Living, 8-2020

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Air Leakage Testing

Q: What is air leakage testing on exterior walls?? Robert Grupe, Construction Dimensions Magazine, July 2020

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Fibrous Plaster

This Type of Plaster Will Open Up Beautiful Design Opportunities While Supporting Contractors In Fulfilling A Fiduciary Responsibility Within Budget. Walls and Ceilings Magazine, Patrick Webb, 2-21-20.

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Let’s Admit Building Science Is Complicated, Here’s Why

MNLPB provided this article in it’s newsletter several years ago…It might be time to revisit. Originally published by: Betzwood Associates, May 1, 2012. Re-posted by SBC Magazine December 2019

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Finding Harmony Between Waterproofing and Breathability

With as many ways as there are to construct a wall system, there are an equal number of ways to try to keep that wall dry. Building Enclosure, Bijan Mansouri. Posted 8-16-19

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Modern construction methods may not always be the best

I’ve been wanting to write this column for years. The topic has been a burr under my saddle, but I needed to base the column on proof, not speculation. Ask the Builder, The Spokesman-Review, Tim Carter, July 20, 2019. Posted 7-30-19

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