Are Home Builders Ready for the Energy Rating Trend? Record Number of Rated Homes in 2017

Are Home Builders Ready for the Energy Rating Trend? Record Number of Rated Homes in 2017

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announced that 2017 broke the record for the number of homes HERS rated in a year. RESNET's executive director noted that "home builders are increasingly seeing energy efficiency as a major selling point for buying a new home. To take advantage of this opportunity, builders across the nation are presenting their homes' energy performance in a way that every home buyer can understand, the home's HERS Index Score...

Tax Breaks for Real Estate Extended (45L and 179D Energy Tax Incentives)

Tax Breaks for Real Estate Extended (45L and 179D Energy Tax Incentives)

The real estate industry can now take advantage of energy related tax credits and incentives for projects through 2017. Specifically, on February 9, 2018, Congress retroactively extended the §45L and §179D energy tax incentives. This will allow our customers to maximize the value of energy incentives for their 2017 tax filing and, in certain cases, amend returns to claim missed tax breaks.

A Residential Builder's Guide to Working with HERS Raters

A Residential Builder's Guide to Working with HERS Raters

Due to consumer demand and increasingly stringent energy codes, residential builders need to deliver energy efficient, comfortable, and environmentally conscious homes. As a result, they are turning to Home Energy Rating System (HERS) raters, who are experts in building science. However, some builders are not familiar with HERS ratings and many others are not sure how to obtain the most value from their HERS raters. 

Florida Green Building Coalition Designated Professional on Site

Florida Green Building Coalition Designated Professional on Site

Here is Lauren, one of RunBrook's Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Designated Professionals for the High Rise Residential Rating System. She is on site at one of our projects. Learn more about the FGBC, RunBrook's role in the project, and the benefits of certification.

Florida Blower Door Test: 3 Things Multifamily & Production Home Builders Need to Know

Florida Blower Door Test: 3 Things Multifamily & Production Home Builders Need to Know

On July 1, 2017, blower door tests became a requirement in Florida for all new residential homes and multifamily buildings three stories or less. Here are the three things multifamily and production home builders need to know about the Florida blower door test.