Newport's Project - DOE Challenge Home - Getting Press Coverage
November 2013 -- It's an exciting month for the U.S. Department of Energy's Challenge Home program. The program, launched just over a year ago, is having an impact much larger than it's diminutive size. These homes meet rigorous DOE Challenge Home National Program Requirements and are verified by a qualified third-party to be at least 40%-50% more energy efficient than a typical new home. All DOE Challenge Homes are zero net-energy ready and are so efficient a small renewable energy system can offset most or all annual energy consumption.
The November 2013 issue of Professional Builder features a cover story by Kyle Clapham (pp. 22-26), on how DOE Challenge Homeowners are so happy with the benefits of these high performance homes that they become the sales force.
And, as if that weren't already great coverage, Sean Groom writes about the Housing Innovation Awards in this issue of Fine Home Building. The article features four DOE Challenge Home grand award winners. Newport supports DOE in the continued technical development, operations and marketing of the DOE Challenge Home program and the Housing Innovation Awards.
- HomeAid Washington DC Completes Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project for Community Connections - December 20, 2012. HomeAid Washington DC (HomeAid DC), a nonprofit charitable construction program affiliated with the Home Builders Care Foundation and the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA), completed a noteworthy energy efficiency retrofit project this week at a six-unit apartment building owned and operated by Community Connections. HomeAid DC received key technical support for the project from Newport Partners LLC to complete the green, energy saving HVAC system replacement in the building. Read the press release...
Read more on Retrofits - Case Study: Group Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit for 30% Energy Savings
- Winners from Commercial Plumbing Innovation Survey
- November 28, 2012. Congratulations to Jon Harmer of New Gloucester, Maine and Chris Wisinski of Chicago, IL. They won iPads from a random drawing of folks who completed a survey on commercial plumbing innovation.
- Are ‘smart bulbs’ the next bright idea in energy efficiency? - November 2, 2012. Spark, a connected lighting company is getting ready to release its first product, a socket that connects to a home wireless network and lets people switch light bulbs on and off from their phone or computer. Read more...
- Newport Develops Web-based Code Compliance Tool - October 16, 2012. When it comes to code compliance, finding the right answers can get complicated. That's why Broan Nu-Tone and BEST partnered with Newport to develop the industry’s first web-based Range Hood Make-Up Air Specifier. This will serve to help builders and contractors with specifying these systems and easily navigating state-level code requirements. Read more...
- Distressed Properties in Upstate Cities and Newport’s Concept Home - September 26, 2012. Based on the articles from the Times Union and the Daily Gazette, it appears that a concerted effort is being made by the City of Albany and the City of Schenectady to see to it that vacant or abandoned properties are redeveloped and put back on their respective tax rolls. Newport is looking to develop a Concept Home in the Schenectady area. The Concept Home will contain designs, features, and products that address the needs of homeowners now and in the future. The Concept Home has the potential to serve as a replicable model that cities like Albany or Schenectady can use as they encourage redevelopment of their vacant or abandoned properties going forward. Stay tuned for more details about Newport’s Concept Home 2013!
- Newport Ventures Energy Code Training in Connecticut - September 18, 2012. David Brignati of Newport Ventures is continuing energy code training sponsored by Connecticut Light and Power. The training covers the administrative portions of the 2009 IECC with Connecticut amendments as well as the salient provisions of the Residential chapter of the code. Code administration topics will include questions on how the code treats different building types (e.g. mixed use buildings) as well as how the code addresses existing residential buildings. Attendees acquire a thorough understanding of the new code by engaging in multiple exercises and activities where they not only learn how to distinguish between compliant and non-compliant building assemblies, but learn how to use the code in an efficient manner. The course carries continuing education credits for code officials. Check our blog this week for training highlights. See David in action on Newport's YouTube channel.
- Interviews Identify Impact of Advanced Energy Codes
on Appraised Value - September 11, 2012.Newport Ventures recently interviewed appraisers to determine the likelihood that homes built to the requirements of amore stringent energy code would appraise for a higher value than other similar homes. Read more...
- Newport Getting Involved in the ICC Code Development Process - September 4, 2012. Newport submitted comments to the International Code Council to support updates to the 2015 International Mechanical Code. Some of the big issues that we expect to be on the table for the Final Action Hearings include providing better guidance for specifying ventilation, makeup air, and combustion safety in tight dwellings. See you in Portland in October!
Get more information about the ICC and the 2012 convention.
- Interviews Identify Benefits of Advanced Energy Code - August 21, 2012. Newport is wrapping up interviews with over a dozen municipal officials to identify the benefits communities have realized from implementing an advanced energy code and whether municipal officials support keeping these requirements in place. From the interviews, we learned that there is strong support for advanced energy codes in communities that have implemented them, along with environmental benefits associated with implementing an advanced code. Read more…
- Check back in to Newport News to read results from our interviews with real estate appraisers and what affect energy codes have on property values and desirability.
Newport Showcasing Disaster Research at the DC Home & Garden Show
March 9-11, 2012 -- Phil Sapone recently represented Newport's work on disaster preparedness at the Washington Home Show.
The Safer Stronger Homes project is about learning how to keep your home safe from disaster by winds, seismic forces, floods, and wind-driven rain.
A how-to guide details simple low-cost strategies to disaster-proof your home. Some items covered in the guide are roofs, gables, siding and exterior walls, windows and doors, roof ventilation, flashing, chimneys, foundations, and landscaping.
For further information on Newport's disaster research, please visit www.saferstrongerhomes.com.
- Home Ventilation Solutions, Green Building Practices, and the new 2012 IRC Code, Home Channel News - February 13th, 2012. “In the past, mechanical ventilation was optional in homes, but the new 2012 IRC code now requires mechanical ventilation,” said Moore of Newport Partners. Read more...
- Peak Performance and the Future of Housing: Builders Challenge Unveils Version 2, Energy Design Update, February 2012. Read how Newport Partners and the Department of Energy are working together to promote Builders Challenge Version 2 by developing key strategies to engage homebuilders, along with implementation procedures and technical specifications.
Newport's Strong Presence at the 2012 International Builders Show
February 8-11, 2012 -- Newport’s projects were on display at the 2012 International Builders Show in Orlando, FL.
Newport staffed the Department of Energy’s “Ask the Experts” booth throughout the show, talking to builders about the Building America and Builders Challenge program. They also organized several stakeholder meetings regarding the Builders Challenge Version 2 and attended the 4th Annual BASF/Professional Builder Builders Challenge Awards.
Newport participated in a mechanical ventilation panel “Clearing the Air: Smart Ventilation for Today's Tighter Homes” and presented disaster resistance research “Safer, Stronger Homes: Reducing Your Risk During a Natural Disaster.”
Left Photo: Joe Nebbia of Newport Partners LLC at the Builders Challenge booth at the 2012 International Builders Show.
- Newport Receives 2011 Community Service Award
Newport Partners has been selected as a winner of a 2011 Community Service Award, presented annually by the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF). The HBCF Community Service Award is given to an individual, group or company for outstanding contributions to the community through unselfish efforts and dedication in support of shelter-related projects. Newport Partners is recognized for their leadership and expertise on the energy efficiency retrofit project for Sasha Bruce’s REACH program.
- HomeAid Turns Focus to Boosting Shelters’ Energy Efficiency - December 22, 2011
As part of the Environmental Sustainability Program, HomeAid partnered with Newport to make energy-efficient upgrades to a REACH Youth Home in D.C. These upgrades will not only increase the energy efficiency but will thereby reduce costs and increase savings.Newport supports the HomeAid effort by donating more than $10,000 worth of in-kind services towards energy efficient housing upgrade.
- New research by Newport Partners measures the value of Propane Tankless Water Heaters vs. Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters. A comparison of both high-performance systems were reviewed under an extensive set of operational capablities and economic standards relating to energy source, economics, installation requirements, hot water delivery rates, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This research can make a significant difference in residential energy savings, given that residential water heating is usually the second largest user of energy in the the home accounting for a quarter of total household energy consumption. Click here to read more and find out which system is the better energy efficient option.
Newport Study on U.S. Energy Efficiency Product Use Featured in New York Times
March 12, 2010 -- A recent study conducted by Newport Partners on behalf of the Home Performance Resource Center, was noted in a March 12 New York Times article on energy efficiency and the domestic economy.
The article points out that the vast majority of products commonly used in home energy retrofits are produced in the United States. Over 90 percent of certain energy retrofit products, caulk, spray foam, and insulation are domestically produced. Compared to the domestic share of all manufactured products used in the United States (76.5 percent), this analysis shows a strong case for the link between domestic economic stimulus and the home energy retrofit market.
Newport’s study used a unique combination of government economic databases to identify categories of products commonly used in home energy retrofits and to determine the share of these products produced domestically. The study can be found at the Home Performance Resource Center.
- In October, Newport's Liza Bowles spoke on the outlook for the U.S. construction industry at the World Steel Association meeting in Beijing, China.
- Newport has teamed up with Wise Choice Construction on the BG&E ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program. Email us if you are interested in learning more.
Newport Bolsters Green Building Capabilities with LEED Certification
Mike Moore of Newport Partners recently became a LEED Accredited Professional. Recognized as the most credible green building rating systems by the GSA, the US Green Building Council’s LEED rating system provides green building guidance and certification for commercial applications including new and exisiting construction, interiors, and core and shell.
In 2007, LEED for Homes will be introduced as a national residential green building rating system. LEED Accredited Professionals are recognized by the USGBC as possessing the knowledge and skills necessary for facilitating the integrated building design and documentation process that supports green building and each system of LEED certification.
The LEED certification adds to Newport’s capabilities to provide design recommendations and analysis for energy efficiency, sustainability, moisture control, ventilation, and IAQ.
- "HUD Unveils America's First Efficient, Sustainable Concept Home Path", News Blaze, June 7, 2007 (PDF, 15KB)
- "PATH Uses Top Technologies in 2007 Concept Home", HGTVPro.com (PDF, 47KB)
- "HUD Unveils America's First Efficient, Sustainable, Affordable Concept Home PATH", RAC Online, June 7, 2007 (PDF 15KB)
- "Two Omaha Houses to be first of their kind in U.S.", Omaha World-Herald, October 18, 2006 (PDF, 12KB)
- "Breaking New Ground, Concept Homes Launched", WOWT, Channel 6 NBC News, October 18, 2006 (PDF, 77KB)
- "North Omaha Shows Signs of Economic Development: Concept House, Senior Living, Businesses Under Construction", www.KETV.com, October 18, 2006 (PDF, 14KB)
- "Forget the Cleavers: Beaver Now Builds on Innovation", Innovative Home, Fall 2006 (PDF, 167KB)
- "Conference to Review Affordable Housing", The Saratogian, July 10, 2006 (PDF, 69KB)
- "Houses That Change When We Do", Washington Post, March 23, 2006 (PDF, 95KB)
Article was also published March 25 in the Cincinnati Post, March 26 in the Orlando Sentinel, March 29 in the Denver Post, March 30 in the Macon (Georgia) Telegraph, April 1 in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and April 2 in the Forth Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette and the Bradenton (Florida) Herald, April 9 in the Miami Herald, and October 28 in the The Charlotte Observer.
- "Bigger Houses Bring Energy Woes", Market Watch, March 14, 2006 (PDF, 93KB)
- "The Most Destructive Termite in the World", sunherald.com, February 9, 2006 (PDF, 62KB)
- "Lincoln Builder Chosen to Build Pioneer Affordable Housing", Lincoln Journal
Star, January 14, 2006 (PDF, 73KB)
- "HUD Plans Concept House for Omaha" , Omaha World-Herald, January 12, 2006 (PDF, 60KB)
- "Company to Build HUD Dream Home", The Capital, November 15, 2005 (PDF, 200KB)
- "HUD Taps Newport", The Daily Record, November 3, 2005 (PDF, 49KB)
- "Davidsonville Firm Working on Inner-city Home of the Future", The Capital, January 30, 2005 (PDF, 259 KB)