Resources and Links

Resources

"In 2004, 40% of all U.S. total emissions of greenhouse gases was from electricity generation, and 35% of this was from residential use." (source: http://epa.gov/climatechange/)


"By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling, and reduce environmental emission from 20% to 50%." (source: www1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/heating_cooling.html)


"Sealing and insulating the "envelope" or "shell" of your home its outer walls, ceiling, windows, doors, and floors- is often the most cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and comfort." (source: www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_sealing)


"Today it is estimated that in residential and small commercial buildings, over 50% of the energy loss is associated with heat transfer and air leakage through building envelope components." (source: Oak Ridge National Labs)


"Heating and cooling (space conditioning) accounts for 50% - 70% of the energy used in the average American Home." (source: U.S. Department of Energy)

 

Helpful Links

National Association of Home Builders

http://www.nahb.org/

Energy Wise Structures

http://www.energywisestructures.com/

ASTM International Standards Worldwide

http://www.astm.org

Building Science Corporation

http://www.buildingscience.com/

Energy Star Program

http://www.energystar.gov/

Shenandoah Valley Builders Association

http://www.valleybuilders.org/

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

http://www.sprayfaom.org/

Insulation Contractors Association of America

http://www.insulate.org/

Lapolla

http://www.lapolla.com/

Green Drinks

http://www.greendrinks.org/