Posts From April, 2021

February Builder of the Month - Abrazo Homes!

Abrazo is EEBA's Builder of the Month Feature!
February Builder of the Month - Abrazo Homes!
Founded in 2010, Abrazo emerged as a local home builder during one of the most challenging periods in the industry’s history, following the 2009 crash of the housing market. Determined to make a positive impact, Abrazo’s founders, Brian McCarthy and Mackenzie Bishop, capitalized on a unique opportunity and embarked on a journey to build homes that exceeded expectations in the midst of an otherwise dim and uninspiring market. Drawing upon their collective expertise and passion for innovation, Abrazo Homes implemented new construction techniques, embraced sustainable building practices, and introduced smart home technology to the Albuquerque market. Abrazo wanted to create homes that not only met the basic needs of their clients but also exceeded their expectations, both in terms of efficiency, functionality and aesthetics. This formula for success proved beneficial over the years and subsequently, Abrazo has been recognized as one of the best places to work, one of the top private... read more
 

An examination of diversity in sustainable industries after Derek Chauvin’s conviction

by Luodan Rojas

This week, former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis. After 11 months of unrest and apprehension following George Floyd’s tragic death, we breathe a sigh of relief as jury member after jury member found Chauvin guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter

For our Minneapolis-based EEBA team, this death and subsequent case hit very close to home. As communities struggle with uncertainty, it has become increasingly important to actively face the lack of diversity in our industry. 

Sustainable living is not determined solely by fuel types and building materials, it also requires an equitable distribution of resources. 

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Nikki Krueger Provides a Building Science Perspective for Addressing Moisture Issues in the Home

As public discourse around moisture issues in the home increases, it becomes increasingly vital to examine the health risks associated with these issues, and how builders can mitigate them. While high-performance homes and energy efficient HVAC systems are proven contributors to maintaining a health home, they also have unforeseen consequences.  

In this webinar, Nikki Krueger from Therma-Stor will provide a vital building science perspective for architects and builders to learn how and why to address indoor moisture risks (CYA) through dedicated moisture control systems in single and multifamily homes.  

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Healthy Indoor Air Quality in an All-Electric Family Home

During the renovation process of their all-electric home, Maureen Mahle and Steve Klocke researched the health impacts of cooking with gas in the house. Some of the common health risks include asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses.  

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality is critical for Maureen and Steve right now because they have a toddler in the house.  

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WaterSense Labeled Homes Program: Version 2

WaterSense® labeled homes allow families to enjoy comfort and convenience while using less water and energy and saving money on utility bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Version 2 of the WaterSense Labeled Homes Program. The updated program, which includes both a revised specification and certification system, continues to promote water efficiency in homes; however, it has made the WaterSense home certification process easier and more flexible for home builders.

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Full Gut Rehabilitation for a 1924 Colonial Home

This 1924 Colonial Home in Norwalk, CT was in a state of complete disrepair before homeowners Maureen Mahle and Steve Klocke began a total gut rehabilitation of the house. They initiated the renovation process after the home was stripped down to its foundation, framing, and floors.  

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Zero Energy Ready Homes: What Does It Mean to Be "Future Ready"?

When you’re searching for a new home, new doesn’t always mean new – even when you’re buying a home that was just built. Some new homes feature more energy efficient appliances and components than others, so how can potential homebuyers ensure they’re getting the latest and greatest offerings in building energy performance that new homes can provide today?  

The answer is Zero Energy Ready Homes. That’s because a Zero Energy Ready Home must meet multiple layers of requirements, related not only to energy performance, but also indoor air quality and building construction. Watch this video to learn more about what a Zero Energy Ready Home can do for you. 

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