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REACHBARRIER Joins Department of Energy Builder's Challenge

Posted: Oct 08, 2012

REACH Barrier has committed to retrofit the most energy-efficient, high-quality homes on the market through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Builders Challenge.

"For REACH Barrier, creating high-performance, energy efficient homes has always been our core business model," said Greg Broom. "We welcome this opportunity for builders, remodelers and efficiency professionals like ourselves and look forward to working with DOE to promote consumer awareness of the benefits of making their homes highly energy-efficient."



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REACHBARRIER Helps You Take Control of Your Energy Future

Posted: Oct 08, 2012

Choosing a new home is all about making the tight decisions for you and your loved ones – selecting a neighborhood, a high-quality builder, and the features you value. You compare, ask questions, and make informed decisions about what matters most to you.



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Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits for 2011

Posted: Oct 08, 2012
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 extended the nonbusiness energy property tax credit, section 25C in the tax code, by one year. It also largely reverted it to the structure as it existed prior to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), with some tighter requirements for improvements to qualify. This new credit structure applies to improvements made in 2011; those made in 2010 are still subject to the old credit's requirements and values.

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Business Tax Incentives for Commercial Buildings

Posted: Oct 08, 2012
A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or tenants (or designers, in the case of government-owned buildings) of new or existing commercial buildings that are constructed or reconstructed to save at least 50% of the heating, cooling, ventilation, water heating, and interior lighting energy cost of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001.

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Thermostats and Control Systems

Posted: Oct 08, 2012

You can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10°–15° for eight hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning, too, by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostatsetting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal as you wake or return home.



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Energy Saver Lights

Posted: Oct 08, 2012

Incandescent lighting is the most common type of lighting used in homes. It has traditionally delivered about 85% of household illumination.

Incandescent lamps operate without a ballast. They light up instantly, providing a warm light and excellent color rendition. You can also dim them. However, incandescent lamps have a low efficacy compared to other lighting options (10–17 lumens per watt) and a short average operating life (750–2500 hours).



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CASE STUDY: NORTH CAROLINA'S FIRST GREEN MULTIFAMILY AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Posted: Aug 30, 2012
CASE STUDY: NORTH CAROLINA'S FIRST GREEN MULTIFAMILY AFFORDABLE HOUSING By Jennifer Goodman - The recently completed Cherry Gardens Senior Apartments, a green-built, affordable complex of 42 units, is the first step in redevelopment planned by Charlotte-based Living Gardens LLC that will maintain a variety of affordable housing options in the neighborhood to support those most at risk of displacement by gentrification.

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CENTEX HOMES ROLLS OUT ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOUSES IN THREE MARKETS

Posted: Aug 29, 2012
By Jean Dimeo - Centex Corp. this month announced that construction is under way on Centex Energy Advantage homes Houston; Austin, Texas; and Charlotte, N.C. According to the Dallas-based production builder, Energy Advantage homes, an internal program, are up to 22% more efficient than comparable new houses built to the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. And when compared with a typical 10-year-old home, Energy Advantage models are up to 40% more energy efficient, says the company.

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Home Fixated Reviews Reach Silvertanium Garage Door Kit

Posted: Jun 14, 2012
while prowling the countless exhibits of the 2012 National Hardware Show, a booth showing off a radiant barrier garage door insulation kit caught my attention. Reach Barrier’s booth had a portable radiant heater pointed at one of their radiant barrier panels. Just a foot or two away from the heater, I put my hand behind the thin barrier and couldn’t feel the heat at all. I was impressed. I also thought our brown, completely uninsulated, San Diego-sun-exposed garage door would make for an ideal test case. Reach Barrier agreed, and they sent us a double order (our door is a two car width) of their Reach Barrier Silvertanium radiant barrier garage door insulation kit to test out in real-world conditions. Installing the Reach Barrier garage door insulation kit is definitely a DIY-friendly job that just about any able-bodied homeowner can pull off.

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CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS REVIEW: SUN BLOCK

Posted: Aug 30, 2011
By Jeffery Lee - When San Dimas, Calif.-based North American Residential Communities began installing radiant barrier sheathing in its homes, the builder's managers noticed a difference in their workers' break-time habits. Employees used to eat their lunch in the shade of the homes they were building, but now they sit inside.

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