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Like the Challenge Home program that preceded it,the ZER Homeproject is designed to move building innovations developed through research in theBuilding Americaprogram into houses that actually get built To date about 270 builders have signed on to become “partners” in ZER with 350 houses meeting zero-energy-ready certification requirements But new interest from production builders–including those in Denver’s huge Stapleton development andfrom Meritage Homes–could extend the program to a much broader audience Rashkin said “It’s kind of like gold mining” he said in a telephone interview “You’re finding little cracks and crevices and opening them up to be very productive” Finding the “sweet spot” in home construction ZER homes are a step up from those built under DOE’s well-knownEnergy Star program with requirements stringent enough to make them energy self-reliant or nearly so with the addition of renewable-energy systems Certified houses would typically have aHERS index in the low- to mid-50s Builders can use either a prescriptive or performance path to meetthe requirements In addition houses have to meet a number of other benchmarks aimed at water and energy conservation and maintaining health indoor-air quality The government’s target audience are builders already capable of producing Energy Star-rated homes who are ready to move up Jumping from Energy Star performance to something as rigorous as thePassivhausstandard is just too big a leap for most mainstream builders Rashkin said The ZER program offers a sort of middle ground–tougher than Energy Star with much better energy-conservation numbers but not so daunting as to become essentially unattainable “That’s the sweet spot for us” Rashkin said Several advantages for builders There are a number of ways builders benefit from participation Rashkin says but probably none as important as risk reduction Even builders whose houses simply meet current codes face risks they didn’t five or six years ago because the houses are better insulated and better air-sealed With less thermal flow through roof and wall assemblies Rashkin said houses can’t dry out should they become wet And tighter houses require carefully designedHVACsystems to keep indoor air healthy Participating builders have access to well researched “best practices” that minimize moisture and air-quality concerns and they also pick up an important “market differentiator” that can be helpful in attracting buyers he said It’s the country’s builders not the buying public who hold the key to making high-performance houses more common Rashkin said “We believe the innovation comes from the providers who are the experts in their technologies and products” he said “so we believe that we”re working with the builders to take the proven innovations from the hub of innovations like Building America and showcase to consumers how much better an experience they will have living in the home of the future” Challenges for builders remain Houses in the US are largely built one 2×4 at a time on site by workers with varying degrees of knowledge and skill but the industry has moved far beyond that model elsewhere In Scandinavia for example highly insulated and air-sealed components are built in factories with virtually no waste and assembled rapidly on site That’s the rule rather than the exception but change hasn’t come quickly to the US home-building industry “The housing industry is perfectly suited to actually miss innovation” Rashkin said “It’s about 80000 builders working independently and you don’t have the primordial soup of engagement and interaction and sharing and working together that you get in industries that are much more consolidated” Builders who do make the transition to much more rigorous building practices–“admittedly a heavy lift for a lot of builders”–face marketing and sales challenges that rival those on the technical side of construction because they don’t know how to sell homebuyers on features that aren’t obvious “If you can show off the granite counters and the large master suites and the three-car garage you’re kind of getting it done” he said “It’s much more difficult to sell what you can’t see and add clarity to something that is admittedly a little bit complicated Health durability comfort quality–those are all things you can’t see” On the construction side there also are hurdles to cross: how to increase the R-values of wall and roof assemblies how to save water with hot-water distribution systems how to get air ducts inside theconditioned space All of that makes the collaborative nature of the ZER program including online access to the DOE’s Solution Centerso important Rashkin said Getting houses built correctly in the first place is more important than installing renewables that would make them trulynet-zero-energyperformers “You can always add on a solar-electric system” Rashkin said “but I can’t change the wall construction and the wall tightness and insulation I can’t change the windows I can’t change the comfort system I can’t change the plumbing system What you want to do from our perspective with the [ZER] labels is nail down those 200-year opportunities” By: PTI | Davanagere (karna) | Updated: March 13 2017 5:11 pm Kannada writer Yogesh Master’s face blackened by unidentified persons in Davanagere complaint registered(ANI Photo) Top News A “progressive” writer’s face was smeared with black ink here allegedly by right wing activists who also warned him of “dire” consequences if he dare write against Hindu gods said a senior police official Yogesh Master was attacked by eight or nine persons who smeared his face with black ink and fled when he was having tea at a nearby stall here yesterday Davanagere Superintendent of Police Bhimashankar Guled told PTI Watch What Else Is Making News He said Yogesh the author of controversial Kannada novel “Dundhi” was here to attend a book release function organised by Gauri ‘Lankesh Patrike’ a Kannada tabloid Journalist Gauri Lankesh runs the weekly Yogesh was warned of dire consequences for writing against Hindu gods Guled said adding that the suspects shouted “Jai Sri Ram” before fleeing Two persons have been arrested he said The participants and organisers including Gauri Lankesh held a protest march to the police station and registered a complaint Guled said CPI state general secretary Siddanagouda Patil also participated in the march he added The protesters alleged that the attackers were right wingactivists and demanded a thorough investigation into theincident and stringent action against them Guled said Guled said several police teams have been formed to probe the matter Yogesh was arrested in August 2013 after local Hindu outfits lodged a complaint against him for allegedly hurting the Hindus’ sentiments by depicting Lord Ganesha in poor light in his novel ‘Dhundi’ For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top Newssaid it?08 m of asphalting and concreting), Corporators and civic officials have started expressing fears over delays in crucial projects,lost in Rajampet to YSRCP candidate Midhun Reddy and veteran Congress leader Kishore Chandra Deo lost in Aruku. PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss won the contest.(inputs from Gopu Mohan) In Karnataka BJP has won 17 seats and Congress in 9 JD(S) won in the remaining two seats BJP candidates Yeddyurappa and Sreeramulu have won with huge margins in Shimoga and Bellary respectively Congress leader VeerappaMoily lost to BJP’s Bache Gowda inChikkballapur BJP general secretary H N Ananth Kumar is set to return for a sixth term in Bangalore South as the Congress candidate Nandan Nilekani conceded defeat “I am going to continue working actively for Bengaluruand for the party” Nilekani said adding that he had noregrets and had a great time Other notable BJP leaders who registered massive victories include former chief ministers B S Yeddyurappa D V Sadananda Gowda state BJP president Prahlad Joshi and the only woman candidate of the BJP Shobha Karandlaje registered massive victories in the polls Yeddyurappa won by what is likely to be the highest margin of victory in the state at 24 lakh votes The victory of Karandlaje in Udupi Chikamagalur Nalin Kumar Kateel (143709 margin) in Dakshina Kannada and Ananth Kumar Hegde (140700 margin) in Uttara Kannada by massive margins in the range of one lakh stands testimony to the Modi wave in the coastal region of Karnataka In Kerala Congress-led UDF won 12 seats down from last election’s tally of 16 and CPI (M)-led LDF doubled its previous tally and settled for 8 BJP veteran O Rajagopal gave a tough fight for Congress heavyweight Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram The two candidates exchanged lead after almost every counting round ended However BJP’s hopes of winning their maiden election in Kerala were dashed and Tharoor emerged victorious in the end The Left candidate Bennet Abraham who expected consolidation of Nadar community is finished third position Other notable candidate who lost was CPI (M) politburo member M A Baby lost? 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