Newport Ventures hosted a Plan Review for Residential Buildings and a Plan Review for Commercial Buildings in Syracuse, NY on March 14th, 2018. Matt Evans and David Brignati were the trainers for these sessions.
The Residential and Commercial Plan Review and Field Inspection curriculum is very interactive and require participants to engage with one another to perform plan review activities as they typically do in the daily course of their work. For the plan review portion of the course, participants are divided into groups of four or five and given a set of plans and specifications for different types of residential buildings. Together they will go through the construction documents to identify any missing or non-compliant elements. Once they have completed this work, each group will present its findings to the larger audience.
The field inspection portion of the session is less activity based, but still very interactive. Compliant and non-compliant construction details are presented and short videos are used to show attendees visually common problem areas that often cannot be seen ahead of time in the architectural plans. Frequently, actual implementation raises awareness of conflicts between building systems or construction details that result in non-compliance – for instance, thermal bridging at window or door openings or improper air sealing of party walls.
Check out the photos below – see us in action!
NEWPORT SUPPORTS THE ZERH PROGRAM AT THE RESNET CONFERENCE - FEBRUARY 26th-28th, 2018.
Newport Partners, Newport Ventures sister company, is attending the RESNET Conference this week in sunny Orlando, Florida. They are there supporting the Zero Energy Ready Home Program by giving presentations and conducting meetings with industry pro's. It's been a great week so far! Learn more about the RESNET Conference.
LUTRON CASETA LIGHT SWITCHES MADE #2 ON THE WASHINGTON POST'S SMART GADGET LIST - DECEMBER 18th, 2017.
Newport is proud to see the Lutron Caseta Light Switches make the news in the top smart gadgets to buy this year. We were a part of this cutting edge smart lighting technology from Lutron Electronics before the system was even being sold in stores. Newport Ventures partnered with Lutron to put these systems in all our demonstration homes for our LED Demonstration Project.
Newport Ventures working with NYSERDA and a group of New York builders conducted an LED lighting demonstration that highlighted the use of advanced lighting and controls technology. Newport identified Lutron switches as a technology that could take advantage of LED technology and offer the homeowner benefits. Lutron was just coming out with the Caseta system and we placed it in each of the demonstration homes. Each home was designed with 100% LED lighting packages that aimed to not only emphasize energy savings from a more efficient technology, but also present innovative design options, improved aesthetics and ambience, and increased control capability available only through LED technology.
We are excited to see such rapid adoption of a system that not only works for homeowners, but saves energy!
The Lutron Caseta remote, dimmer, hub and app give your lights superpowers. (Photo: Lutron)
NEWPORT SPENDS THE DAY AT THE TRACK IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - AUGUST 30th, 2017.
The Newport Partners crew headed north to spend the day with the Newport Ventures team at Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs, NY. It was a beautiful sunny day full of fun, excitement, and conversation. No big winners, but it sure was fun to be so close to the horses and to experience this historic race course. Did you know? Saratoga Race Course made Sports Illustrated's list of top 10 sports venues of the 20th Century!
Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, NY
CLASSROOM TO FIELD TRAINING AT THE PRESSURE HOUSE IN LONG ISLAND, NY - AUGUST, 2017
As part of the multi-year effort to train code officials and contractors about the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State 2016, Newport Ventures under their Home Energy Heroes program recently completed a unique classroom/hands-on training at the United Way Complex located in Deer Park, NY.
The participants that attended were introduced to a state-of-the-art building-science lab house, which provides students with hands-on, energy-related
training opportunities. This building-science lab house, also known as a pressure house, is built and outfitted so the entire dwelling becomes a building-science laboratory, demonstrating energy loss issues and other problems faced by those working and training to become HER Raters, energy auditors, renewable energy, advanced HVAC, energy retrofit, weatherization and green building industries.
NEWPORT'S SHELTER ISLAND ENERGY CODE TRAINING MAKES THE NEWS - JUNE 20th, 2017
David Brignati of Newport Ventures gave two energy code training courses for builders on Energy Code Basics for Residential Buildings in Shelter Island, NY on June 14th, 2017. These courses not only outlined the new New York State building codes intended to save energy, but caught the eye of the local newspaper, the Shelter Island Reporter.
PLAN REVIEW COURSE NOW AVAILABLE - APRIL 18th, 2017
Newport is happy to announce the addition of a new course to our Energy Code training curriculum, Plan Review - Best Practices and Field Inspection Techniques and Procedures for Residential Buildings. This course highlights what the energy code requires to be included on plans, and covers commonly missing, non-compliant and/or inadequate information. It also includes a workshop where participants will work together to complete a residential plan review.
ENERGY REPORTING CAPABILITY OF POWER OVER ETHERNET (PoE) CONNECTED LIGHTING SYSTEMS - MARCH 22nd, 2017
DOE has published the first part of a study to explore the energy reporting capability of commercially marketed Power over Ethernet (PoE) connected lighting systems. The new report provides a brief background on the development of the various PoE technologies, ranging from standards-based to proprietary, and illustrates the convergence of PoE power sourcing capabilities and LED luminaire power requirements. It then classifies PoE system devices in relationship to how they're used in systems -- introducing clarifying terminology as needed -- and briefly describes different PoE system architectures implemented by various lighting manufacturers. A discussion of existing standards and specifications that address energy reporting is provided, and existing test setups and methods germane to characterizing PoE system energy reporting performance are reviewed.
Connected lighting systems that can report their own energy consumption can deliver increased energy savings over conventional lighting solutions by facilitating data-driven energy management. PoE technology -- in which a single Ethernet cable is used to both provide low-voltage DC power and enable network communication -- has the potential to bring this capability to mainstream lighting applications, and has become increasingly viable for LED lighting.
NYC BRIDGES AND TUNNELS TO BE DRESSED IN LEDs - NOVEMBER 15th, 2016
In New York City, a $27-billion capital plan known as the “New York Crossings Project” will focus on reconfiguring 10 bridges and tunnels to incorporate automatic tolling, enhanced security and resiliency measures, and public art displays. As part of the initiative, the New York Power Authority will begin installing LED lights on the structures in January. View the video of what’s planned:
Specifically, each redesigned toll plaza will feature a dawn-to-dusk color-changing light show dubbed “The City That Never Sleeps,” visible from miles away. As the toll plazas transform into “modern transportation gateways,” tunnel plaza walls will become “veils” that shield security equipment and double as LED message boards. Meanwhile, gantry structures for automated tolling will feature an artistic “wave” design constructed from chainmail fabric that moves with the wind.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, hopes the applications of these lights will become tourist attractions in and of themselves.
The above article is an excert from Illuminating Engineering Society.
REVISIONING THE ENERGY VISION IS TRANSFORMING NEW YORK'S ENERGY POLICIES - AUGUST 19th, 2016
New York’s Revisioning the Energy Vision (REV) initiative is transforming NY’s energy policies and strategies to provide clean, resilient, and affordable energy for all New Yorker’s. Read more about REV here!
NEWPORT VENTURES DOING MORE BLOWER DOOR AND DUCT TESTING AS BUILDERS READY THEMSELVES FOR THE 2015 ENERGY CODE - AUGUST 1st, 2016
Many people look forward to selecting paint colors, countertops and appliances when designing their new homes. One other item that they may want to add to the list is how tightly the home is built.
"Having a blower door test helped validate the quality and energy efficiency we are getting with our new home. With rising energy costs its great piece of mind that any preventable issues with the home were addressed and we will spend less on heating & cooling as a result."
- New Homeowner, Ballston Lake, NY
Recently a builder in the Capital District contacted Newport Venture’s asking us to visit one of their newly framed homes. The reason was to make sure this home would pass a blower door test with results at or below 4 ACH@50 Pascal’s. The new energy code requirement of 3 ACH@50 Pascal’s does not go into effect until October of this year. The reason for this request was so that the builder would meet the requirement as part of the contract agreement with the new homeowners. Read more...
NEWPORT, LED LIGHTING, and EARTH DAY CELEBRATION - APRIL 21st, 2016.
Newport attended the Department of Commerce Earth Day celebration with our LED lighting display in Washington, DC today. The Earth Day Fair offered informational exhibits for Department of Commerce employees to learn more about the newest sustainable products, services, and technologies in the environmental, energy, and sustainability arenas. Newport demonstrated and highlighted the energy saving LED lighting technology. Sam Bowles is pictured right at the booth.
BLOWER DOOR & DUCT BLASTER TESTING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY - MARCH 24th, 2016
Recently Matt Evans from Newport Ventures demonstrated the use of a blower door and duct blaster test on a new home. The tools used are referenced in the new Energy Code for New York due out this fall. The Michaels Group volunteered one of their Energy Star Homes as the meeting site to demonstrate the equipment. During the demonstration those involved talked about the measures needed to tighten new homes and the design possibilities for ducted returns. In this case the home had a central return installed thus negating the need to run returns to all rooms in the home. Instead, through the wall venting was implemented to keep the rooms balanced for heating and cooling comfort. Those in attendance gained a greater appreciation for what code officials will be looking for and strategies to meet or exceed the pending requirements.
A special thank you to John Ciovacco of Aztech Geothermal for taking the pictures.
LOCAL BUILDER GOES GREEN IN GREENWICH - NOVEMBER 17th, 2015
Under the Sun Building and Remodeling LLC has announced completion of their first US DOE Zero Energy Ready Certified Home in Greenwich, NY. Newport Ventures provided the third-party certification for the home. An open house will be held Sunday, November 22nd from
ENERGY CODE HOTLINE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ALL YOUR NY CODE QUESTIONS - JULY 30th, 2015
Newport Ventures offers an Energy Code Hotline service to answer your questions related to New York’s Energy Code. Our team of code experts are here for you! Call or email us today at 518-377-9410.
LED LIGHTING PROJECT ON DISPLAY AT THE 2015 PARADE OF HOMES - MAY 27th, 2015
Newport's LED Lighting Project will be on display for the next two weekends (5/30-5/31 & 6/6-6/7) at the Saratoga Builder's Home participating in the Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association 2015 Parade of Homes. Check out more about this event and be sure to read about our LED project!
HOME ENERGY HEROES OF NEW YORK COMING SOON - MAY 19th, 2015
Home Energy Heroes is a program designed to recognize construction industry professionals for investing in energy training. These dedicated builders and contractors continue to educate themselves on the latest building science, codes and standards, and innovations to deliver healthy, comfortable and resilient homes. Home Energy Heroes is essentially an easy to review web-based list for homebuyers to search for leading builders and companies that take a comprehensive team approach to constructing high quality homes. So, keep a look out for the new, upcoming Home Energy Heroes website for both builders and homeowners.
ENERGY CODE TRAINING OUTREACH CONTINUES ACROSS NY STATE - MAY 11th, 2015
Newport is continuing our education outreach across the state of New York. Matt Evans will be in Binghamton, NY conducting three Building Science trainings to various code officials, facility planners, and project managers. David Brignati will be down in Suffolk County, NY later in the week hosting five courses to over 300 code and fire officials on the 2014 ECCCNYS Commercial. Interested in hosting a training? Learn more and contact us about hosting a training in your area.
NONINVASIVE ENERGY RETROFIT OF A GROUP HOME FOR 40% ENERGY SAVINGS - SEPTEMBER 5th, 2014
Newport Partners recently acted as the lead consultant for an occupant-in-place energy efficiency retrofit for the Sasha Bruce Youthwork group home in Washington, DC. Sponsoring this project were DOE Building America, HomeAid DC, Home Builders Care Foundation, and the Walmart Foundation. Read the article.
HERS RATINGS: EARLIER THE BETTER - AUGUST 21st, 2014
For builders and homeowners, getting a HERS Rater involved in the early stages of design and construction can help to maximize the energy efficiency of a home. Newport is currently working with Under The Sun builders to run computer simulations of one of their new projects. The project is currently in the early phases of construction. Get more information and follow this project on the Newport Blog.
GAUGING CONSUMER PERCEPTION REGARDING RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING - JUNE 2014
Newport recently participated in the 14th annual NY Capital Region Parade of Homes by conducting a lighting demonstration at one of BelmonteBuilders model homes in Saratoga, NY. The event was a huge success and unveiled some interesting things regarding consumer perception of different residential lighting options. Read the report.
NEWPORT VENTURES CONDUCTS ENERGY STAR RATINGS FOR HOMES IN THE NY PARADE OF HOMES TOUR - APRIL 29th, 2014
2014 marks the 14th year of the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association’s Parade of Homes in upstate New York. The tour features homes throughout the Capital Region from the area’s premier builders, showcasing all of the latest building trends. Newport is excited to play a “behind the scenes” role in this year’s event, performing Energy Star Ratings for two of the homes on the tour. Read more...
NEWPORT CONDUCTS SME MEETINGS FOR INNOVATIVE TECH GUIDE - MARCH 25th, 2014
Newport recently conducted the first of a series of subject matter expert (SMEs) meetings to identify important criteria, tools, and resources to be included in an Innovative Building Technology Guide being developed for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The meeting, which focused on the feasibility section of the guide, was held in Rochester, NY in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Building Officials Conference. In attendance were members of the Newport staff as well as code experts from various parts of the country. Read more...
NEWPORT’S PROPOSALFOR ENERGY CODE TRAINING ACCEPTED BY NYSERDA - MARCH 5th, 2014
Newport Ventures has been notified by NYSERDA that our proposal to provide Energy Code training for Building Code Officials and Builders in New York State has been accepted. New York has developed and will soon be implementing a new Energy Code for both residential and commercial buildings. While the new code is based on the 2012 IECC, certain sections are amended making the code more specific to New York. Read more...
NEWPORT’S PROPOSAL ON SOLID-STATE LIGHTING TECHNOLOGIES
ACCEPTED BY NYSERDA - FEBRUARY 28th, 2014
Newport Ventures has been notified by NYSERDA that our proposal to demonstrate the effectiveness of solid-state lighting technologies has been accepted. Solid-state lighting, which includes both LED and OLED lighting, has the potential to have a significant impact on reducing energy consumption and environmental impact. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that a switch to LED lighting technology over the next two decades could potentially save $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly one-half, and reduce carbon emissions by 1,800 million metric tons. Read more...