What if everyone spoke the same code language?
For close to 20 years, Newport Ventures, on behalf of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), has trained code officials, design professionals, real estate agents, builders, and others on the state code changes.
While most of our work centers on the commercial and residential energy codes, we also teach the mechanical and ventilation codes. Our goal: to explain and gain acceptance of the codes by all those involved. By getting everyone to speak the same language, our buildings get better and safer, enforcement gets easier, and everyone saves time and money.
Learn more about our code training services and find available classes here.
How to Make Affordable Green Buildings?
The benefits of green building may be difficult to quantify, but the benefits of reduced energy costs are easy. Everyone wants to save money on energy, especially the low- and moderate-income families who pay a disproportionate percentage of their income.
Newport Ventures, on behalf of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), assessed the market for newly constructed and affordable green residential buildings by looking at the merits of six green building programs. These included the US Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, and Built Green.
Among the findings:
Costs and benefits vary.
Some measures involve minimal costs, others require substantial investment.
Outcomes always reduce energy demand.
Newport’s analysis helped NYSERDA understand where research matters, what measures save families the most, and how programs are best implemented.
LED Lighting: A bright idea!
LED lighting technology, which includes organic LEDs (OLEDs), are the present and the future of energy efficient residential lighting. To showcase the benefits of this technology, Newport teamed up with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to outfit five homes throughout New York State with 100% LED lighting and monitor them for energy and cost savings, as well understand homeowner satisfaction.
LEDs and OLEDs, referred to as solid-state lighting technology, help save energy and the environment. Advances in technology increased light quality, output, controllability, and efficiency. Expanded product lines give consumers and designers plenty of options for any home. Most important, the cost of LEDs are way down.
Check out our findings from our LED Lighting Demonstration and learn more.