Construction Corner: Blower Door Testing

Air flowing in and out of a home can cause lots of problems. Air leakage can account for 30 to 50 percent of the heat loss in some homes. This is one reason why Renaissance Homes conducts a blower door test through a professional energy auditor upon completion of every home. It helps to determine...

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EPS offers a clear view of home energy performance

In the market for a home that saves? Say hello to EPSTM. Brought to you by Energy Trust of Oregon, EPS is an energy performance score that helps smart homebuyers find equally smart homes – the kind that offer superior efficiency, comfort and savings. EPS lets you look behind the walls to see the...

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Oregon snares #6 spot among nation’s LEED-savvy states

Oregon’s green-building prowess continues to pack a mighty punch. So says the U.S. Green Building Council, which reported Tuesday that the state ranks sixth in terms of per-capita Leadership in Environment and Energy Design projects. The list recognizes states with myriad projects that use less...

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Save on Energy Costs This Winter

Whether you’re hoping to ease your impact on the planet or just want to save a few dollars, reducing your energy use can help you get there. In fact, 10 percent of renters in a recent Rent.com survey said that utilities are their biggest monthly expense, coming in third after monthly rent...

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Improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner

Be ready for the summer months and improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner at the same time. To get the most out of your air conditioner during the peak summer months, Dave Teller, Renaissance Homes’ Quality Assurance Field Specialist, recommends that homeowners run air...

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How the Housing Recovery Is Juicing Job Numbers

Home building was responsible for 20 percent of GDP growth in the last six quarters. An important reason why the economy has not recovered from the Great Recession as quickly as in prior economic downturns is that a traditional leader of economic growth – housing – has been stifled. In recent...

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Acclaimed green building consultant gives Renaissance two thumbs up

Mark LaLiberte refers to Renaissance Homes as “one of the finest builders in the country.” LaLiberte, a highly regarded green building consultant, met with Renaissance’s director of production, Clark Dunning, and marketing coordinator, Nicole DeCosta, May 17 to swap building stories, share trends...

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Construction Corner | Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are self-contained, compact homes built on the same lot as a single-family home.  They can be garage conversions, basement living spaces or new detached units.  Sometimes called “in-law apartments”, “granny flats”, or “backyard...

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Construction Corner | LEED vs Energy Star

A growing number of people have heard of the Energy Star and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) programs. Energy Star and LEED are helping to change the way we design, build, and operate better buildings. With energy costs likely to continue rising in the future, these programs...

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EPA Study Reveals Shift in Housing Developments Across the U.S.

More communities embrace redevelopment WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new report examining residential construction trends in America’s metropolitan regions, which finds that nearly three out of four large metropolitan regions saw an increased share of new...

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Construction Corner | Benefits of Polar Blanket Insulation

Fiberglass Blown-in Insulation Systems, also known as the Polar Blanket, is one of the latest green building techniques used by Renaissance Homes. This system improves a home’s efficiency by filling the wall cavity completely, including the areas around pipes, cables and outlets. Polar Blanket...

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8 Green Building Myths – BUSTED!

Green building — or sustainable building — involves incorporating eco-friendly elements into the design and maintenance of a home and minimizing the impact on the environment when building houses, condos and the like. More homeowners and builders are interested in green building and...

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LEED rating system for green building grows into global phenomenon

Twelve years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council launched a rating system called LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, hoping that architects, engineers, designers and real estate firms would improve energy efficiency and increase the use of recycled materials and nontoxic paint...

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October | National Energy Awareness Month

October’s National Energy Awareness Month is designed to promote smart energy choices. We all can do small things to save energy around our homes and work places. No matter how large the problem may appear, we all have the means to shape our energy future and move our nation toward energy...

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Save Energy and Beat the Heat

Staying cool this summer doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air-conditioning running day and night. Here are tips—most costing less than $25—that will keep you comfortable and cut the typical $1,000 cooling bill by as much as half. What’s needed to get the...

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Construction Corner | Green-Certified Homes Sell For 9% More

It has been a controversial question in the home real estate market for years. Do houses with lots of energy-saving and sustainability features sell for more than houses without them? If so, by how much? Some studies have shown that consumers’ willingness to pay more for Energy Star and...

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Easy ways to reduce your home energy use

Taking steps to reduce your electricity and energy use at home is a smart choice — and the good news is you won’t have to replace all your windows or move to a yurt do it. Here are a few quick and easy projects to get you started. 1. Insulate electrical outlets. Insulate the electrical...

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Things That Make a Home a Good Home

Buyers spend a lot of time looking at properties online, touring homes on the Sunday open house circuit and talking to their real estate agent. They’re laser-focused on finding the best home that meets their needs. The problem is, buyers sometimes don’t take the long view of a property. They’re...

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Renaissance Homes Wins 2 Excellence Awards

Renaissance Homes took home awards for its website design and for its floor plan of the Vintage Montgomery home at the Home Builders Association (HBA) Excellence Awards on June 14, 2012. The HBA annually spotlights companies who have submitted entries in home building, remodeling and marketing...

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Green homes increase | LEED certifies 20,000+

As green building increases in the United States, more than 20,000 homes have now earned certification from one of the nation’s most rigorous programs: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) “There are green homes, and then there are LEED homes. This milestone is...

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Green Building Goes Mainstream America

The green home is about to be upon us, in a big – or at least bigger – way. It may amount to one-third of the entire market by 2016, according to industry publisher McGraw-Hill Construction. Harvey Bernstein, the company’s vice president for industry insights and alliances and a civil engineer,...

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Renaissance Homes | Understanding Green Building Class

Renaissance Homes, Premiere Property Group and Lawyer’s Title are presenting: Understanding Green Building. Join us Thursday, April 5th at 5 pm for a one clock hour class for brokers. Randy Sebastian, President of Renaissance Homes and Clark Dunning, Director of Production will present: What...

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Kids At West Hills Learning Center Take A Tour

The kids at West Hills Learning Center have been watching the progress on the new vintage homes at SW 31st in Multnomah Village with wide eyes and lots of questions. Yesterday, they finally got to take a tour! Renaissance Homes Production Manager Rich Williams and Quality Assurance Manager Mike...

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EPS Score of 74 = $105 a month for gas and electric!

Renaissance Homes is setting the standard for high performance, green built homes in the Portland metro area. Our latest Energy Performance Score for a 2,607 sq ft home was a 74. A home built to Oregon code is 103. Our home rated 28% more efficient than Oregon building codes! Savings on energy...

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Green Home Buying | Know the Green-Living Standards

The term “green” is being used to market everything from food to furniture, and it’s also becoming an enticement for the biggest purchase most of us will ever make: buying a home. That’s why understanding certain environmental criteria before you shop for a new home can...

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Survey | People want more green homes

It turns out that a green, energy efficient home built with sustainable materials is “most wanted,” according to a Yahoo! Real Estate survey of 1,500 current and aspiring homeowners.  Homeowners prefer a green home (50%) over a custom home (38%), water view (38%), suburb (31%), or living on the...

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Construction Corner: Winter Home Maintenance

As the cold and wet weather sets in, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your home serves you well through the coming months. Please take the time to check these items in and around your home and attend to any that need maintenance. Clean and test smoke alarms. Change the furnace filter....

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Understanding New Home Certification

Renaissance Homes is the Portland leader in energy-efficiency and green building technology. All Renaissance Vintage homes in Portland are LEED® certified. Read more for details on each green certification. Northwest ENERGY STAR® certification is the basic building block in all the programs....

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Construction Corner: Benefits of Rain Screen

Wet conditions are part of our climate here in the Northwest. Renaissance Rain Screen is a moisture management system designed to address and protect against the causes of water intrusion and the resulting damage that it can cause to a home. While there are different types of Rain Screen and many...

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Construction Corner: Indoor Air Quality

Many people have specific health problems which can be improved by addressing the air quality issues in their homes. It is not necessarily the home itself that is causing the problem. More specifically, it may be the conditions in the home, or the contents of the home that may be causing the...

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Renaissance Homes featured in HVAC Case Study

Earth Advantage Institute and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance have produced a series of case studies that illustrate successful implementation of the “Ducts Inside” strategy, where the air handler and all ductwork are located inside the conditioned space of a new home. This practice can...

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Construction Corner: Rain Screen Siding

Since early 2003, Renaissance Homes has built all of their homes in the Portland metro and Vancouver/ Clark County areas with an exterior cladding system that is known as Rain Screen. Renaissance realizes that the average consumer may not be aware of these new and innovative building practices....

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Construction Corner: Open Web Floor Trusses

Considered to be the ‘Cadillac’ of floor systems, open web floor trusses are growing in popularity over engineered joist systems. Their superior span capability allows them to create more spacious rooms free of awkward columns or support posts. Open web trusses are especially popular with...

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Oregon’s #1 LEED Homebuilder

Renaissance Homes has committed to building all of our Portland Vintage homes with the LEED certification. This makes Renaissance Homes Oregon’s #1 LEED Certified single-family homebuilder. We are dedicated to leading the industry in sustainable building practices. LEED: Leadership in Energy...

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Certified Homes Outperform Non-Certified Homes

Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource, announced the results of its annual certified home analysis in the Portland metropolitan region for the 2010 to 2011 year. The study is part of the organization’s research efforts that include gathering data on green building...

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Renaissance Homes wins Ultimate EPS award

Energy Trust of Oregon selected Renaissance Homes as winner of the 2011 Ultimate EPS award for the best EPS on a home over 2,500 sq ft on the Ultimate Open House Tour. The Cleary, 1608 SE 20th, won with an EPS score of 80 and estimated monthly utility bills of $111 per month. The Energy...

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