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Energy Code Education Tips from the HBADE Green Building Council

Energy Efficiency in new home construction is increasing; and the State will be revising and updating the State Energy Code which takes effect in November 2014.

The ever increasing efficiency of the energy code demands that we, the building industry, ratchet up our game.  Cold Corners and Thermal Bridging are energy stealing culprits, hurting your energy efficiency.   Below, we review how to fix Cold Corners and one way to tackle Thermal Bridging (as it relates to interior walls).  We will be reviewing Thermal Bridging in the future as it relates exclusively to the exterior walls of the house; for Part 1 we have limited the discussion to Thermal Bridging from Exterior walls to Interior walls.  If ever you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to contact me, Joe Gordon, your Green Building Council Chair at  If I don’t have an immediate answer for you, I will bring your question or concern to the Green Building Council for discussion.

For a link to this complete discussion about insulated corners, counter thermal bridging, and ladder blocking click here:

Don’t miss Part 2 next week’s Sticks and Bricks!!  Ed Minch of Energy Services Group will discuss how to insulate a Header in compliance with the 2012 IECC.

Thank You from your Green Building Council,

Joe Gordon


About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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