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SIPA update: SIP building science, zero energy home plans and how to become a SIPA Registered Master Builder
Earn distinction as a SIP installer through the SIPA Registered Builder Program

Take advantage of the opportunity to set yourself apart from the competition with the SIPA Registered Builder and Registered Master Builder programs. These comprehensive training and certification programs provide builders with everything they need to become a competent SIP installer.

SIPA Registered Builders and Registered Master Builders can use the respective logos in their marketing materials and indicate their designation on their online membership profile on the SIPA website. To become a SIPA Registered Builder, SIPA members simply need to complete the online Builder Education with SIPs (BEST) video training course, now available on the SIPA website for just $50.

SIPA offers multiple options to advance to the Registered Master Builder level, such as completing the SIPschool's SIPs 301 Installation for SIPs Professionals course, or passing the Registered Master Builder test and submitting blower door test results from a recent SIP project.
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SIPA member offers complete, zero energy SIP home plans and specifications
Zero-Energy Plans
After over 50 years of working in the construction industry, builder Ted Clifton has developed an impressive resume, including multiple Energy Value Housing Awards and NAHB National Green Building Awards. As his fame in the building industry grew, so did requests for his housing plans, leading him to start a new business venture providing ready-to-go, zero energy home plans to builders and homeowners.

"There was a lot of demand from other builders wanting to buy my plans because we pretty much nailed the whole energy efficiency thing," said Clifton. "We are simplifying process so that builders do not have to reinvent the wheel."

Zero-Energy Plans, LLC sells complete house plans designed to use net zero energy, with adequate south-facing roof area for photovoltaic systems. Each home plan is customized for the location's climate zone and includes SIP specifications, HVAC calculations, construction methods and everything needed to build the home.

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Green Moutain Panel

Green Mountain Panel manufactures Structural Insulated Panels. We offer both urethane and EPS foam cores. R values from 15 to 50. Delivery anywhere in North America.
The Insulspan SIP System provides higher effective thermal resistance and lower air infiltration than comparable building systems, making the SAK House even more affordable. MORE

Boost your SIP building science knowledge with the Builder's Guide to SIPs
Designing for optimum durability and energy efficiency are just two of key topics covered in building science guru Joe Lstiburek's comprehensive guide on building science for SIP construction. The Builder's Guide to SIPs was developed in collaboration with SIPA's Technical Committee to give both builders and design professionals the necessary details to create high performance and durable SIP assembles for any climate zone.

This 300-page guide includes information on HVAC design, moisture management in SIP wall and roof assembles, exterior detailing and more. SIPA members receive a 20 percent discount on the Builder's Guide to SIPs by logging into their account before purchasing the book through the SIPA online store.

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Deadline for DOE Housing Innovation Awards extended to June 17
U.S. Department of Energy
There is still time to enter projects in the Department of Energy's (DOE) 2015 Housing Innovation Awards competition. The DOE announced that the submission deadline is now Wednesday, June 17, for builders to send in their best zero energy ready homes.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to gain valuable national exposure for your company. Winners will receive a profile of their award-winning home in the DOE's virtual online home tour, a case study on the DOE website, mention in a press release, and more.

To be eligible, applicants must be a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home partner.

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Solar panels increase the value of homes
Green Building Elements
By now, most people know that a residential solar system can help the environment and save you money on your electricity bills. But, even further, Slingshot Power* notes that studies show a rooftop solar system can significantly increase the value of your home. It may even help you sell your home faster.
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Value of intelligent workflow design
Intelligent workflow design helps streamline processes and ensure construction professionals are not missing any important tasks or steps. Tasks can be sequential or parallel, meaning they can be sent to one person before being sent on to the next person or to an entire group where one member or all members need to complete the task, depending on how the workflow step is defined.
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What green bond indices tell us
The green bond market is finally beginning to reach its potential as capital-seeking developers connect with yield-seeking investors at increasing volumes and scales. The launch of numerous green bond indices during the last year is a sign of the market's growing maturity. These indices are also playing an important role in driving demand for green bonds among institutional investors. Green bonds are loosely defined as fixed-income instruments that finance environmentally sustainable projects.
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Climate change means new building designs
Green Building Elements via Planetsave
The United Nations Environmental Program Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative estimates the construction trades contribute as much as 30 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40 percent of all energy used worldwide. Today, climate change is having a powerful effect on how buildings are designed and constructed.
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