ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATIONS FOR U.S. DOE ENERGY READY HOMES
Newport Ventures provided third-party certification for the first ENERGY STAR Version 3.1 and U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home from Under the Sun Building and Remodeling, LLC. Newport was responsible for performance testing, visual inspections, as well as performing the energy modeling and submitting documentation for certification. To make the home as energy efficient and cost effective as possible the modeling simulations for the home began in the spring of 2014 with the final project completed in the fall of 2015. To read more about this project, visit the Under the Sun website and check out their blog.
SOLID-STATE LIGHTING DEMONSTRATION
Newport, in conjunction with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), has recently begun work on a project to demonstrate the effectiveness of Solid-State Lighting (SSL), more commonly known as LEDs. The intention of the project is to help address current market barriers facing LED lighting by portraying the benefits of the technology in regards to energy and cost savings, whole-house system controls, and homeowner satisfaction with the quality of light. Read more...
NEW YORK STATE ENERGY & RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (NYSERDA)
NYSERDA ENERGY CODE TRAINING
With funding from NYSERDA, Newport has developed and delivered over 150 training sessions to building code officials, builders, remodelers, design professionals, and real estate professionals. In addition to developing new courses on the residential and commercial chapters of the ECCCNYS and a building science session, Newport has worked closely with the Department of State (DOS) to deliver the energy sections of their annual in-service training. All of the courses have been approved by DOS for credit hours and most have been approved by the AIAand BPI. The main goal of this project is to build a long-term understanding of the new Energy Code to meet the required standards in building design, approved plans, and constructed buildings. Read more about NYSERDA Energy Code Training.
NYSERDA ENERGY CODE HOTLINE & PLAN REVIEW SERVICES
As part of the NYSERDA and the NYS Department of State effort to provide support to building professionals on the Energy Conservation Construction Code of NYS 2010, Newport Ventures and partner, T. Y. Lin International are providing Energy Code Hotline and Plan Review services. Both services are available to code officials as well as builders, trade contractors, design professionals, and NYS residents who have questions about the code.
NYSERDA HIGH PERFORMANCE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE
The New York State Energy Research Development Authority conceived the High Performance Residential Development Challenge as a program to provide builders with incentives and expertise in building higher energy efficient homes. The HPRDC has a benchmark of energy efficiency at 65% or better than homes built to the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code – far beyond what builders typically build today. Newport Ventures serves as a building consultant in the project, modeling builders’ reference homes and working with builders to redesign the plans for energy efficiency.
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INDIANA ENERGY CODE TRAINING
Newport Ventures conducted trainings on Indiana's Commercial Energy Code, ASHRAE 90.1-200. These trainings covered the following topics: Code Basics, Building Envelope, Service Water Heating, Power, Lighting, HVAC, and COMcheck.
VINYL SIDING INSTITUTE ENERGY EFFICIENCY STUDY
The Vinyl Siding Institute commissioned Newport Ventures to perform a study that would valuate the energy efficiency of insulated siding as compared to fiber cement. Click here to read about the study's highlights.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BUILDING AMERICA
When the U.S. Department of Energy went looking for a firm to facilitate their Building America quarterly all-teams meetings, they decided on Newport Ventures. Within this role, Newport Ventures assists Building America teams in strategizing, road mapping, and developing takeaways that provide program direction.
NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTIAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION MONITORING
Ventures staff specializes in assessing buildings for the most cost-effective options to enhance energy performance and reduce environmental impacts. Hoping to reduce the carbon footprint of its facilities, a national builder/property manager worked with Newport Ventures to conduct a sustainability assessment of its operations in New York State. As a follow on to this work, Newport Ventures has been actively monitoring the electricity consumption of several of the property management company’s homes – collecting data on individual load usage to identify site-specific opportunities for energy savings. It’s no secret that New York’s residents are using more electricity per capita than ever, but Newport’s work in this area is helping to identify cost effective opportunities for reducing this demand. In this case, some of the lowest hanging fruit included amending maintenance schedules, optimizing energy efficient lighting, educating tenants, and enhancing controls.
ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY CODES ANALYSIS
The green building movement has reached critical mass and is bursting into the mainstream with the development of new codes and standards that seek to transform custom strategies into prescriptive instructions. As industry players adjust to this new market reality, Newport Ventures has assisted them in conducting detailed analyses and modeling of such codes and standards as LEED for Homes, LEED NC, IECC, NAHB GBS, ASHRAE 90.1, and ASHRAE 189. These analyses have helped clients identify both threats and opportunities in the emerging green building market environment.
PATH TECH TRANSFER
US HUD conceived the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) as a public private initiative to drive innovation in housing. PATH’s Tech Transfer project represents one of their prime efforts at accelerating the development and transfer of technologies into the home building industry.Newport Ventures has facilitated round table discussions between researchers and manufacturers todiscover barriers as well as best practices to market penetration. Industry guidebooks fortech transfer will result.
In supporting a residential micro combined heat and power (mCHP) developer through this contract, a New York State market study was conducted to identify opportunities for mCHP. One of the main indicators of mCHP viability, the difference between the cost of natural gas and electricity, or “spark spread” is shown in the adjacent graphic. The analysis revealed that New York State represents one of the most conducive markets in the nation for mCHP.
PATH CONCEPT HOME
PATH’s Concept Home has been featured in over 75 national and international publications, television & radio programs, and conference presentations for its novel and market-oriented solutions to building green, flexible, durable, material efficient and energy efficient homes. Though partnerships with Newport Partners and Building Media, Inc., Newport Ventures developed and implemented innovative marketing and public relations strategies for the demonstration phase of the award winning PATH Concept Home. Newport Ventures also represents the PATH Concept Home on the PATH Marketing Committee.
IT SYSTEMS FOR HOMEBUILDERS
Today’s successful builders are often more savvy with spreadsheets than nail guns, because IT systems can have a big influence on the profitability of building firms. Newport’s staff recently conducted an analysis of homebuilder’s use of IT systems, common challenges they face, and keys to success. As part of this work, our staff conducted a case study with a growing NY builder to better understand how IT has helped them along the way. The findings from this study have been distributed both to homebuilders and IT software developers, so that they can better understand how their software can improve to meet builder’s needs.
MARKET RESEARCH ON CRITICAL BUILDING ISSUES: BUILDINGSURVEY.ORG
Our market research staff regularly assists in the development and analysis of online surveys that provide industry insight. Recent market research topics have covered green building, IT systems for homebuilders, and homeowner’s views on innovative technologies. Findings from our market analysis are used to inform private and public sector clients of emerging trends in the housing industry.
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