By: William Allen, PhD   In California, energy efficiency requirements for new buildings are governed by the Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which form part 6 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. The requirements, commonly referred to as Title 24, are updated on a three-year...

Design Build Competition By: Jeremy Silva In April and May, the Home Builders Committee (HBC) and Sacramento Reginal Builders Exchange (SRBX) held two-day competitions for students to design and build a structure in Southern and Northern California. The competition was a fun but rigorous learning experience for students...

Visitors from all over the world gathered in San Diego, California as WISE representatives discussed innovative construction practices and building techniques at PCBC on July 26th, 2017.  Over 10,000 attendees listened to these experts speak on topics such as high performance wall and attic construction, envelope efficiency, and Title 24 energy code requirements. The WISE...

Click below to view a project video developed for ABC Green Homes, featuring discussion and visuals relating to high performance wall and attics in action.  View the video here: http://www.probuilder.com/home-building-advanced-framing-techniques...

Improved efficiency of HVAC systems is a key benefit of transitioning to high performance attics.  The functionality of these systems can be further enhanced by reconfiguring ducts as described in techniques developed under federal high performance building programs.  This article from Professional Builder magazine explains.  Read...

Builders looking to achieve tighter building envelopes turn to a variety of industry developed product solutions.  In this interview, a team discusses their experience with integrating structural insulated panels into the design and construction of a single family home.  Source: Professional Builder Magazine. Read more: http://www.probuilder.com/sips-enable-marriage-beauty-and-performance...

Advanced framing is a critical component of achieving high performance homes by optimizing the insulation of exterior walls and attics.  This article by Professional Builder magazine gives an overview of some of the techniques used to achieve greater energy efficiency in new single family construction.   Read...