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After A Disaster: Rebuild or Demolish and Start Over?

Most areas in the U.S. are subject to natural disasters that can damage homes. When the damage is done, should the home be rebuilt or demolished to make way for new construction?… Read more

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Life Cycle Assessment: Getting to the “Why” of Making Sustainable Decisions

RTAblog_2013_0412_LifeCycleAssesmentRyan was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “The Green Appraisal Process” at the Region IX meeting of the Appraisal Institute today. The following are notes for some of the issues he’s been asked to address.… Read more

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Let’s Celebrate National Weatherization Day by Figuring Out What “Weatherization” Means

RTA_blog_2012_1030_BlowerDoorThe Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1976 to assist low-income families who can’t afford to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Increasing energy efficiency helps families reduce their energy costs … Read more

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FTC Warns Window Manufacturers About Unsubstantiated Energy Efficiency Claims

RTA_Blog_2012_1009_FTCLast week, we encouraged you to be wary about the energy efficiency claims of window companies. The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has been actively engaged in this issue so we’re following up on last week’s post … Read more

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Thinking About Replacing Your Windows? Don’t Believe the Big Energy Savings Promise!

2012_0713We shared a blog post on Georgia’s sales tax holiday for ENERGY STAR & WaterSense labeled products earlier this week. In that post, we promised to follow-up with some notes on replacing windows because many people are surprised, if not … Read more

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