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Improving Energy Efficiency Makes ‘Cents’

Heating, cooling and powering buildings is big business for small businesses. Improving energy efficiency can improve the bottom line. According to Energy Star, small businesses spend more than $60 billion a year on energy. By becoming more energy efficient, small businesses can cut their utility costs 10 to 30 percent, while helping reduce greenhouse gas […]

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How Does a Third-Party Plan Review Work?

A third-party plan review offers expertise and timeliness to busy building departments. At times, rapid development can overwhelm a building department. Jurisdictions may be understaffed, overloaded, overwhelmed and unable to keep development moving forward efficiently. Delays at the permit level can be costly for developers and builders. If a jurisdiction gains a reputation for delays, […]

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What is a Building’s Thermal Envelope?

A building’s thermal envelope won’t arrive in the mail, but, if done right, it can deliver energy efficiency. What is it? The National Renewable Energy Laboratory describes a thermal envelope is “everything about the house that serves to shield the living space from the outdoors.” The thermal envelope includes the wall and roof assemblies, insulation, […]

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