GAUGING CONSUMER PERCEPTION REGARDING RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING
Residential lighting has become an extremely hot topic in the building and housing industry in recent years. Lighting is an important and essential component in our homes. Different characteristics such as bulb type, color temperature (kelvin), and light output (lumens) can have a significant effect on the look and feel of a home. In general, the main options available today to consumers include; incandescent bulbs, halogens, compact fluorescents lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Traditional incandescent bulbs will soon be phased out as a result of a 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). As the shift to more efficient lighting takes place, it is important to understand the benefits and characteristics of the different lighting options.
Let's gain a basic understanding of how consumers perceive different lighting options as well as identify the level of awareness they have with LED lighting technology. Read the report - Gauging Consumer Perception of Residential Lighting.
ENERGY RETROFIT OF A TYPICAL THREE-STORY MULTIFAMILY BUILIDING
Newport’s own Jamie Lyons PE and Margo Thompson are featured in the May/June 2014 issue of Home Energy Magazine with their article, Energy Retrofit of a Typical Three-Story Multifamily Building. The article highlights a 2012 project in which Newport oversaw a deep energy retrofit of a three-story apartment building in Annapolis, MD. Read the article. Read the article
NYSERDA: RESEARCH REPORT ON FASTENING SYSTEMS FOR CONTINUOUS INSULATION
This study, the result of an investigative project, provides specifications of fasteners for use on up to four inches of continuous rigid insulation. It fills a void that currently exists within residential building codes. The conclusions reached in this report help to validate new code language. This new language can and should be added to current and future building codes, such as the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). Download the report (PDF, 2MB)
COMMERICIAL RADIANT SLAB COOLING
In collaboration with personnel from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Newport authored an article on commercial radiant slab cooling that was featured in the ASHRAE Journal (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers). The article describes the building energy simulations and control strategies that supported Wal-Mart’s decision to deploy radiant slab cooling for increased energy efficiency in one of their buildings in a hot, dry climate. The project specified Viega’s ClimateMat as a modular, pre-configured network of radiant tubing to reduce installation time and costs. Read the article
Newport Ventures authors a report released by NYSERDA that addresses the need to increase the homebuilding industry’s knowledge and experience in building cost-effective, energy efficient homes. The NYSERDA program established a goal for participating homes to meet the challenging energy efficiency benchmark of performing at least 60 percent better than homes built to the 2004 international energy conservation code (IECC). Download the report (PDF, 6MB)
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