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Parade Street housing facilities hosts ribbon cutting

The $12-million-dollar Parade Street affordable housing project, which uses The Build SMART System, in Erie’s East Side is complete! The Parade Street Commons East is located just off of Parade Street between East 19th and 20th Streets. This new addition of housing gives families with low to moderate income another option of somewhere to live.…
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Promoting Passive House in North Carolina

As a member of North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), BuildSMART is participating in efforts to Establishing QAP credits for PH construction through NC Housing Finance Agency, moving residential and commercial code towards PH principles and methods and promoting multifamily PH opportunities and case studies in the state. NCBPA focuses on creating career opportunities, educating…
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Multifamily Developers Embrace Green Building

Benefits like increased energy efficiency and cost savings, combined with heightened resident demand for sustainable features, are driving builders to think about sustainability. Alongside the development boom that Marcus & Millichap estimates will add 335,000 new multifamily units to the nation’s inventory this year, another phenomenon is emerging. As developers recognize the benefits of sustainability…
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What She Learned With WUFI Modeling Software

The conversion of this uninsulated concrete-block structure into commercial office space was one of two projects where WUFI was put to work. (Photo: Ben Lewis) After six weeks of research, a designer offers some practical advice to architects planning to run thermal and moisture simulations Thermodynamics drive every aspect of living and non-living systems, including building…
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Prefabricated and Factory Built

With demand for Passive House-quality panels and modules on the rise, the factories producing these goods are expanding in number, capacity, and production. Most are new businesses producing Passive House-performance exterior wall, floor, and roof panels. Yet a strong contingent of existing businesses are also growing their product lines to include higher-performance, thermal-bridge-free Passive House…
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When there’s Rain, there’s the risk of Mold

It can be hard to combat mold, especially with recent changes to building code, wood structural building components will dry out under dry outdoor weather conditions after the structure is put under roof, sheathed, sided and roughed-in (mechanicals) — assuming the structural components are not exposed to further wetting from rain. Such drying must occur…
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