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  1. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides resources to assist families with energy costs. This federally funded assistance helps in managing costs associated with:

  2. Texas Field Experiment Results: Performance of the Weatherization Assistance Program in Hot-Climate, Low-Income Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    McCold, Lance Neil; Goeltz, Rick; Ternes, Mark P; Berry, Linda G

    2008-04-01

    A field test involving 35 houses was performed in Texas between 2000 and 2003 to study the response of low-income homes in hot climates to weatherization performed as part of the U.S Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program and to investigate certain methods to improve weatherization performance. The study found that improved Program designs and the use of advanced energy audits resulted in better weatherization measures being installed (use of blower doors to guide the infiltration work, more frequent installation of attic insulation, and installation of wall insulation) in the study homes, improved space-heating savings performance compared to the Program as implemented in the hot climates in 1989, and more comfortable indoor temperatures. Two key policy dilemmas for Texas and other hot-climate states were highlighted by the study; namely, how to balance expenditures between installing cost-effective weatherization measures and performing health, safety, and repair items, and that health, safety, and repair items can have an adverse impact on energy savings, which further complicates the weatherization decision process. Several occupant and equipment-related behaviors were observed in the field test homes that help explain why audits may over predict energy consumptions and savings and why air-conditioning electricity savings are difficult to measure. Based on this study, it is recommended that states in hot climates be encouraged to select from an expanded list of measures using advanced audits or other techniques, and further studies examining the benefits obtained from air conditioner measures should be performed. In addition, guidelines should be developed for the hot-climate states on how to (a) balance the objectives of saving energy, improving health and safety, and addressing repair issues, and (b) select repair items.

  3. Weatherization Assistance Program: Spurring Innovation, Increasing Home

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy Efficiency | Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program: Spurring Innovation, Increasing Home Energy Efficiency Weatherization Assistance Program: Spurring Innovation, Increasing Home Energy Efficiency October 31, 2013 - 5:01pm Addthis The Intermountain Weatherization Training Center in Clearfield, Utah. Weatherization Training Centers throughout the nation teach workers valuable skills needed to improve energy efficiency of homes. | Photo courtesy of Intermountain

  4. U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program Homes...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Weatherization Assistance Program Homes Weatherized By State through 06302010 (Calendar Year) U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program Homes Weatherized By ...

  5. 2017 Home Performance Council National Home Performance Conference and

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Trade Show | Department of Energy Council National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show 2017 Home Performance Council National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show March 19, 2017 9:00AM EDT to March 22, 2017 5:00PM EDT Nashville, Tennessee

  6. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    by utilities or by NYSERDA, including and the NYSERDA Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. For further information on this program, please consult the program...

  7. U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program Homes

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Weatherized By State through 06/30/2010 (Calendar Year) | Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program Homes Weatherized By State through 06/30/2010 (Calendar Year) U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program Homes Weatherized By State through 06/30/2010 (Calendar Year) A chart detailling the number of homes that have been weatherized by state. U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program Homes Weatherized By State through 06/30/2010 (Calendar Year)

  8. High Performance Home Cost Performance Trade-Offs: Production...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    High Performance Home Cost Performance Trade-Offs: Production Builders - Building America Top Innovation High Performance Home Cost Performance Trade-Offs: Production Builders - ...

  9. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Home Performance with ENERGY STAR 2014 Building Technologies Office Peer Review Ely Jacobsohn, Ely.Jacobsohn@ee.doe.gov Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program Manager Project Summary: Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Timeline: Key Partners: Start date: 2001 Planned end date: Ongoing Key Milestones 1. Program Action Plan: Jan ͛13 2. D̯χ̯ D̯ν·̼Ϊ̯ι͇ν΄ D͋̽ ·13 3. ͜Σ͇Ϣνχιϴ ΡΪιΙ GιΪϢζ΄ ̯ͧΣ ·14 4. Sponsor Guide (ϭ1΅5)΄ ͱ̯ι ·14 Budget: Total DOE $ to

  10. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR-- Webinar Slides

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    "Existing Homes Efficiency – If You Want BetterBuildings – Go with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR," webinar slides from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  11. Affordable High Performance in Production Homes: Artistic Homes...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    extraordinary impact, demonstrating the mainstream builder's business case for adopting ... that demonstrate how high performance homes can be affordable for the mainstream market. ...

  12. High Performance Builder Spotlight: Imagine Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    Imagine Homes, working with the DOE's Building America research team member IBACOS, has developed a system that can be replicated by other contractors to build affordable, high-performance homes. Imagine Homes has used the system to produce more than 70 Builders Challenge-certified homes per year in San Antonio over the past five years.

  13. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Description These high-performance homes in northern Florida are two that have achieved Home Energy Rating System (HERS) ratings of less than zero since Building America (BA) builders started building them in 2010. The homes (TW1 and TW2) were built in the Gainesville area by Tommy Williams Homes (TW), with technical assistance from Florida H.E.R.O. and energy-efficient home design input provided by Energy Smart Home Plans. The homes are being metered by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) as

  14. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) offers a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program for residents that want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The program is set up...

  15. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- Webinar Slides | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    with ENERGY STAR -- Webinar Slides Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- Webinar Slides "Existing Homes Efficiency - If You Want BetterBuildings - Go with Home Performance with...

  16. Roadmap for Integrating Health and Home Performance (201) | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Roadmap for Integrating Health and Home Performance (201) Roadmap for Integrating Health and Home Performance (201) June 1

  17. Performance House -- A Cold Climate Challenge Home

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Puttagunta, S.; Grab, J.; Williamson, J.

    2013-08-01

    Working with builder partners on a test homes allows for vetting of whole-house building strategies to eliminate any potential unintended consequences prior to implementing these solution packages on a production scale. To support this research, CARB partnered with Preferred Builders Inc. on a high-performance test home in Old Greenwich, CT. The philosophy and science behind the 2,700 ft2 'Performance House' was based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, and adapt with the homeowners. The technologies and strategies used in the 'Performance House' were not cutting-edge, but simply 'best practices practiced'. The focus was on simplicity in construction, maintenance, and operation. When seeking a 30% source energy savings targets over a comparable 2009 IECC code-built home in the cold climate zone, nearly all components of a home must be optimized. Careful planning and design are critical. To help builders and architects seeking to match the performance of this home, a step-by-step guide through the building shell components of DOE's Challenge Home are provided in a pictorial story book. The end result was a DOE Challenge Home that achieved a HERS Index Score of 20 (43 without PV, the minimum target was 55 for compliance). This home was also awarded the 2012 HOBI for Best Green Energy Efficient Home from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut.

  18. High Performance Without Increased Cost: Urbane Homes, Louisville...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    In this profile, Urbane Homes of Louisville, KY, worked with Building America team National Association of Home Builders Research Center to build its first high performance home at ...

  19. Xcel Energy- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Customers are not eligible to receive rebates from Home Performance with ENERGY STAR as well as other Xcel Energy programs for the same improvement. More program details and requirements are avai...

  20. 2015 ACI Mid-Atlantic Regional Home Performance Conference |...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    ACI Mid-Atlantic Regional Home Performance Conference 2015 ACI Mid-Atlantic Regional Home Performance Conference October 20, 2015 9:00AM EDT to October 21...

  1. Webinar: ENERGY STAR Hot Water Systems for High Performance Homes...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    ENERGY STAR Hot Water Systems for High Performance Homes Webinar: ENERGY STAR Hot Water Systems for High Performance Homes This presentation is from the Building America research ...

  2. 2016 Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) National Home Performance...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    2016 Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show 2016 Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show ...

  3. Business Metrics for High-Performance Homes: A Colorado Springs...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Technical Report: Business Metrics for High-Performance Homes: A Colorado Springs Case Study Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Business Metrics for High-Performance Homes: ...

  4. Think Again! A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Think Again A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service Offerings (301) Think Again A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service Offerings (301) ...

  5. Home Performance Training and Mentoring: Lessons and Resources...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Home Performance Training and Mentoring: Lessons and Resources Home Performance Training and Mentoring: Lessons and Resources Better Buildings Residential Network Workforce ...

  6. HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System -...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System - Building America Top Innovation HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System - Building America Top ...

  7. High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems; Volume 6 Building America Best Practices Series High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal &...

  8. Building America Roadmap to High Performance Homes | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Roadmap to High Performance Homes Building America Roadmap to High Performance Homes This presentation was delivered at the U.S. Department of Energy Building America Technical ...

  9. Market Transformation in Connecticut: Integrating Home Performance Into

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Existing Trades | Department of Energy Transformation in Connecticut: Integrating Home Performance Into Existing Trades Market Transformation in Connecticut: Integrating Home Performance Into Existing Trades Market Transformation in Connecticut: Integrating Home Performance Into Existing Trades, Evolving to Whole Home Success, Session 2: Sustainable Business Models presentation. Provides an overview of Connecticut's various home energy programs, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, and

  10. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: High Performance Homes...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    PA DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Sunroc Builders, Bates Avenue, Lakeland, FL DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study, Nexus EnergyHomes, Frederick, MD, Production DOE ...

  11. A Business Case for Home Performance Contracting

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Baechler, Michael C.; Antonopoulos, Chrissi A.; Sevigny, Maureen; Gilbride, Theresa L.; Hefty, Marye G.

    2012-10-01

    This report was prepared by PNNL for the DOE Building America program. The report provides information for businesses considering entering the home performance contracting industry. Metrics discussed include industry trends and drivers, specific points of entry, business models, startup costs, and marketing strategies. The report includes detailed analysis of eight businesses around the country that have successfully entered the home performance contracting industry. Data is provided on their financial structures, program participation, marketing efforts, and staff training. This report will be distributed via the DOE Building America website, www.buildingamerica.gov. Individual case studies will also be cleared separately.

  12. DOE ZERH Webinar: High-Performance Home Sales Training, Part...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    number of other green and high-performance home programs, these skills will be critical. ... DOE ZERH Webinar: Technical Resources for Marketing and Selling Zero Energy Ready Homes ...

  13. Promoting High-Performance Homes to Portland Real Estate Pros...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    "Home performance upgrades not only create healthier, safer, more comfortable places to live, but they also increase the value of our homes," said Derek Smith, CEW chief executive ...

  14. Columbia Water & Light- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Loan

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The Columbia Water & Light (CWL) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program allows Columbia residents to finance energy efficiency improvements to homes with affordable, low-interest loans with...

  15. Entergy Texas- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Entergy Texas offers incentives of up to $5,000 for energy efficiency home upgrades and installations.  The home must be within Entergy's service territory. After a home performance evaluation, a...

  16. Strategy Guideline. Partnering for High Performance Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Prahl, Duncan

    2013-01-01

    High performance houses require a high degree of coordination and have significant interdependencies between various systems in order to perform properly, meet customer expectations, and minimize risks for the builder. Responsibility for the key performance attributes is shared across the project team and can be well coordinated through advanced partnering strategies. For high performance homes, traditional partnerships need to be matured to the next level and be expanded to all members of the project team including trades, suppliers, manufacturers, HERS raters, designers, architects, and building officials as appropriate. This guide is intended for use by all parties associated in the design and construction of high performance homes. It serves as a starting point and features initial tools and resources for teams to collaborate to continually improve the energy efficiency and durability of new houses.

  17. Energy Savings Performance Contracts: FEMP Assistance | Department...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Energy Management Program (FEMP) for energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects. Download the Energy Savings Performance Contracts: FEMP Assistance fact sheet. (1.48 ...

  18. Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Single-family homeowners that meet the income eligibility guidelines generally qualify for grants of up to $5,000. An income-qualified owner that occupies a unit in a 2-4 unit building can receive...

  19. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Performance with ENERGY STAR® Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Homeowners across the United States can find trusted contractors who follow a comprehensive approach, recommended by ENERGY STAR®, to save money on energy bills while improving home comfort. The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program provides homeowners with resources to identify trusted contractors that can help them understand their home's energy use, as well as identify home improvements that increase energy

  20. Building America's Top Innovations Advance High Performance Homes |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Building America's Top Innovations Advance High Performance Homes Building America's Top Innovations Advance High Performance Homes Innovations sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America program and its teams of building science experts continue to have a transforming impact, leading our nation's home building industry to high-performance homes. Building America researchers have worked directly with more than 300 U.S. production home builders and

  1. Building America Roadmap to High Performance Homes

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Building America Technical Update Meeting - April 29, 2013 Building America Roadmap to High Performance Homes Eric Werling Building America Coordinator Denver, CO April 29, 2013 Building Technology Office U.S. Department of Energy EERE's National Mission Mission: To create American leadership in the global transition to a clean energy economy 1) High-Impact Research, Development, and Demonstration to Make Clean Energy as Affordable and Convenient as Traditional Forms of Energy 2) Breaking Down

  2. Home Performance with Energy Star | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Performance with Energy Star Home Performance with Energy Star Residential Buildings Integration Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review resbldgs05_jacobsohn_040313.pdf (1.79 MB) More Documents & Publications Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- 10 Years of Continued Growth! Home Performance with ENERGY STAR - 2014 BTO Peer Review Residential Buildings Integration Program

  3. Building America Case Studies for New Homes: Performance and...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    High-Performance Homes The Woods is a sustainable community built by Habitat for Humanity in 2013. This community comprises 30 homes that are high-performance and energy-efficient. ...

  4. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- 10 Years of Continued Growth...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- 10 Years of Continued Growth Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- 10 Years of Continued Growth Provides an overview of the HPwES program, ...

  5. Home Performance Contractor Pro Forma | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Home Performance Contractor Pro Forma, with program HR, assumptions, marketing actuals and costs, and more, as posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program website. Home Performance Contractor Pro Forma (1.18 MB

  6. High Performance Builder Spotlight: David Weekley Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    This fact sheet gives an overview of David Weekley Homes building approach, which qualifed over 1,100 homes in DOE's Builders Challenge in 2010.

  7. Track B - Critical Guidance for Peak Performance Homes | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy B - Critical Guidance for Peak Performance Homes Track B - Critical Guidance for Peak Performance Homes Presentations from Track B, Critical Guidance for Peak Performance Homes of the U.S. Department of Energy Building America program's 2012 Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Meeting are provided below as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. These presentations for this track covered the following topics: Ventilation Strategies in High Performance Homes; Combustion Safety in Tight Houses;

  8. Combining Solar and Home Performance Services | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Combining Solar and Home Performance Services Combining Solar and Home Performance Services Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call: Combining Solar and Home Performance Services, call slides and discussion summary, December 11, 2014. Call Slides and Discussion Summary (2.89 MB) More Documents & Publications Think Again! A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service Offerings (301) Lessons Learned: Peer Exchange Calls -- No. 3 Voluntary Initiative on

  9. Builders Challenge High Performance Builder Spotlight Tommy Williams Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2010-02-05

    Builders Challenge fact sheet highlighting performance and energy-efficiency features of Tommy Williams Homes, Longleaf case study, Gainesville, FL

  10. Weatherization and Indoor Air Quality: Measured Impacts in Single Family Homes Under the Weatherization Assistance Program

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Pigg, Scott; Cautley, Dan; Francisco, Paul; Hawkins, Beth A; Brennan, Terry M

    2014-09-01

    This report summarizes findings from a national field study of indoor air quality parameters in homes treated under the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The study involved testing and monitoring in 514 single-family homes (including mobile homes) located in 35 states and served by 88 local weatherization agencies.

  11. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    II Webinar (Text Version) DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part II Webinar (Text Version) Below is the text version of the webinar DOE Zero Energy ...

  12. High Performance Without Increased Cost: Urbane Homes, Louisville, KY -

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Building America Top Innovation | Department of Energy High Performance Without Increased Cost: Urbane Homes, Louisville, KY - Building America Top Innovation High Performance Without Increased Cost: Urbane Homes, Louisville, KY - Building America Top Innovation Photo of a Housing Award logo with a home. This Top Innovation highlights Building America field projects that demonstrated minimal or cost-neutral impacts for high-performance homes and that have significantly influenced the housing

  13. Checking out HUD`s proposed mobile home performance standards

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Judkoff, R.

    1993-11-01

    This article evaluates both the performance of two mobile homes built to meet recently proposed federal energy performance standards and the standards themselves. Topics include test methods, results, thermal exposure infrared scan results; regulators, thermal characteristics of test homes, real life conditions, factory observations, the future of mobile home energy efficiency.

  14. Columbia Water & Light- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Rebates

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Columbia Water and Light, a municipal utility, offers rebates to its residential customers who make certain energy efficient improvements to the home. Under the Home Performance with Energy Star...

  15. ZERH WEBINAR: HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOME SALES TRAINING PART II

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings,...

  16. ZERH Webinar: High-Performance Home Sales Training Part I

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings,...

  17. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (WPS Customers Only) | Department...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Energy-saving products and installation: Free Summary Through the Home Performance with Energy Star program, Focus on Energy offers in-home energy audits and cash incentives for...

  18. Delmarva Power- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Delmarva Power and Light Company offers the Home Performance with Energy Star Program, which provides incentives for residential customers who have audits performed by participating contractors. ...

  19. PEPCO- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) offers the Home Performance with Energy Star Program which provides incentives for residential customers who have audits performed by participating...

  20. High Performance Builder Spotlight: Scott Homes Inc.

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    Scott Homes worked with DOE Building America research partner Washington State University Extension Energy Program on a home in Olympia, WA, that achieved a HERS index score of 51.

  1. High Performance Builder Spotlight: Baldwin Homes Inc.

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    Baldwin Homes of Arnold, Maryland, built a HERS 55 Builders Challenge-certified house as an “Eco-Model” home to showcase 69 green and energy-efficient features.

  2. High Performance Builder Spotlight: Treasure Homes Inc.

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    Treasure Homes, Inc., achieved a HERS rating of 46 without PV on its prototype “Gem” home, located on the shores of Lake Michigan in northern Indiana, thanks in part to training received from a Building America partner, the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.

  3. Strategy Guideline: Partnering for High Performance Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Prahl, D.

    2013-01-01

    High performance houses require a high degree of coordination and have significant interdependencies between various systems in order to perform properly, meet customer expectations, and minimize risks for the builder. Responsibility for the key performance attributes is shared across the project team and can be well coordinated through advanced partnering strategies. For high performance homes, traditional partnerships need to be matured to the next level and be expanded to all members of the project team including trades, suppliers, manufacturers, HERS raters, designers, architects, and building officials as appropriate. In an environment where the builder is the only source of communication between trades and consultants and where relationships are, in general, adversarial as opposed to cooperative, the chances of any one building system to fail are greater. Furthermore, it is much harder for the builder to identify and capitalize on synergistic opportunities. Partnering can help bridge the cross-functional aspects of the systems approach and achieve performance-based criteria. Critical success factors for partnering include support from top management, mutual trust, effective and open communication, effective coordination around common goals, team building, appropriate use of an outside facilitator, a partnering charter progress toward common goals, an effective problem-solving process, long-term commitment, continuous improvement, and a positive experience for all involved.

  4. Performance summary of the Balcomb solar home

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Balcomb, J.D.; Hedstrom, J.C.; Perry, J.E. Jr.

    1981-01-01

    The heating performance of the Balcomb passive solar home is re-evaluated based on detailed review of 85 channels of data taken during six weeks of 1980. This led to a re-analysis of 176 days of data taken over the winter of 1978-79. Auxiliary heat during this winter was 7.4 million Btu which compares with 66.0 million Btu total heat losses from the house plus 46.4 million Btu losses from the greenhouse. Auxiliary heat predicted using the solar load ratio method is 8.1 million Btu. Solar savings are estimated as 57 million Btu. Good thermal comfort conditions are documented. Energy flows are tabulated for each month. Energy flows are tabulated for each month. Conclusions regarding detailed heat flow and storage in the house are presented.

  5. HIA 2015 DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: High Performance Homes, Chamberlain Court #75, Gettysburg, PA

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Performance Homes Chamberlain Court #75 Gettysburg, PA DOE ZERO ENERGY READY HOME(tm) The U.S. Department of Energy invites home builders across the country to meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified in DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program (formerly known as Challenge Home). Every DOE Zero Energy Ready Home starts with ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Version 3.0 for an energy-efficient home built on a solid foundation of building science research. Advanced technologies are

  6. The Performance House - A Cold Climate Challenge Home

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Puttagunta, S.; Grab, J.; Williamson, J.

    2013-08-01

    Working with builder partners on test homes allows for vetting of whole-house building strategies to eliminate any potential unintended consequences prior to implementing these solution packages on a production scale. To support this research, CARB partnered with Preferred Builders Inc. on a high-performance test home in Old Greenwich, CT. The philosophy and science behind the 2,700 ft2 "Performance House" was based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, and adapt with the homeowners. The technologies and strategies used in the "Performance House" were not cutting-edge, but simply "best practices practiced". The focus was on simplicity in construction, maintenance, and operation. When seeking a 30% source energy savings targets over a comparable 2009 IECC code-built home in the cold climate zone, nearly all components of a home must be optimized. Careful planning and design are critical. To help builders and architects seeking to match the performance of this home, a step-by-step guide through the building shell components of DOE's Challenge Home are provided in a pictorial story book. The end result was a DOE Challenge Home that achieved a HERS Index Score of 20 (43 without PV, the minimum target was 55 for compliance). This home was also awarded the 2012 HOBI for Best Green Energy Efficient Home from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut.

  7. Home Performance Contractor Pro Forma | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Home Performance Contractor Pro Forma, with program HR, assumptions, marketing actuals and costs, and more, as posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings ...

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Performance...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Stockton, California (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Performance of a Hot-Dry Climate Whole-House Retrofit, Stockton, California (Fact ...

  9. High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems; Volume 6 Building America Best Practices Series High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems; Volume 6 ...

  10. Combining Solar and Home Performance Services | Department of...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    More Documents & Publications Think Again A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service Offerings (301) Lessons Learned: Peer Exchange Calls -- No. 3 Voluntary ...

  11. Illinois Home Performance: DOE REES-- Driving Demand: Successful Marketing Strategies

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Presents Illinois Home Performance's successful marketing strategies, from more than 100,000 direct mailings to multi-pronged online outreach, July 2012.

  12. NREL Enables Efficient Data Exchange for Home Performance Companies...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    supports standard data transfer protocol to streamline communication of home performance ... A new data transfer standard, supported by researchers at the National Renewable Energy ...

  13. BetterBuildings: Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This presentation, presented Aug. 5, 2010, covered the Home Performance delivery, HPwES, requirement of a HPwES sponsor and contractor, and next steps.

  14. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part 1

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Webinar (Text Version) | Department of Energy 1 Webinar (Text Version) DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part 1 Webinar (Text Version) Below is the text version of the webinar DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part 1, presented in February 2015. Watch the presentation. GoToWebinar voice: First slide: The broadcast is now starting. All attendees are in listen-only mode. Lindsay Parker: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the Zero Energy Ready

  15. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part II

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Webinar (Text Version) | Department of Energy II Webinar (Text Version) DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part II Webinar (Text Version) Below is the text version of the webinar DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part II, presented in February 2015. Watch the presentation. GoToWebinar voice: The broadcast is now starting. All attendees are in listen-only mode. Lindsay Parker: Presentation cover slide: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the

  16. Entergy Texas- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Participation in the program involves several steps. A customer first selects a participating contractor, who completes an energy assessment of the home. Next, the customer selects the energy eff...

  17. Home Performance with Energy Star (Existing Residential)

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Efficiency Vermont works with homeowners on comprehensive energy efficiency projects and offers several incentives. Single-family homes, as well as multifamily properties with up to four units are...

  18. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Lead Performer: U.S. Department of Energy - Washington, D.C. Project Term: Ongoing Program Funding Type: Direct Funding Program Web Page: Home Performance with ENERGY STAR PROJECT ...

  19. Transitioning to High Performance Homes: Successes and Lessons Learned From Seven Builders

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    Widder, Sarah H.; Kora, Angela R.; Baechler, Michael C.; Fonorow, Ken; Jenkins, David W.; Stroer, Dennis

    2013-03-01

    As homebuyers are becoming increasingly concerned about rising energy costs and the impact of fossil fuels as a major source of greenhouse gases, the returning new home market is beginning to demand energy-efficient and comfortable high-performance homes. In response to this, some innovative builders are gaining market share because they are able to market their homes’ comfort, better indoor air quality, and aesthetics, in addition to energy efficiency. The success and marketability of these high-performance homes is creating a builder demand for house plans and information about how to design, build, and sell their own low-energy homes. To help make these and other builders more successful in the transition to high-performance construction techniques, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) partnered with seven interested builders in the hot humid and mixed humid climates to provide technical and design assistance through two building science firms, Florida Home Energy and Resources Organization (FL HERO) and Calcs-Plus, and a designer that offers a line of stock plans designed specifically for energy efficiency, called Energy Smart Home Plans (ESHP). This report summarizes the findings of research on cost-effective high-performance whole-house solutions, focusing on real-world implementation and challenges and identifying effective solutions. The ensuing sections provide project background, profile each of the builders who participated in the program, and describe their houses’ construction characteristics, key challenges the builders encountered during the construction and transaction process); and present primary lessons learned to be applied to future projects. As a result of this technical assistance, 17 homes have been built featuring climate-appropriate efficient envelopes, ducts in conditioned space, and correctly sized and controlled heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. In addition, most builders intend to integrate high-performance

  20. Building America Performance Analysis Procedures for Existing Homes

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    Hendron, R.

    2006-05-01

    Because there are more than 101 million residential households in the United States today, it is not surprising that existing residential buildings represent an extremely large source of potential energy savings. Because thousands of these homes are renovated each year, Building America is investigating the best ways to make existing homes more energy-efficient, based on lessons learned from research in new homes. The Building America program is aiming for a 20%-30% reduction in energy use in existing homes by 2020. The strategy for the existing homes project of Building America is to establish technology pathways that reduce energy consumption cost-effectively in American homes. The existing buildings project focuses on finding ways to adapt the results from the new homes research to retrofit applications in existing homes. Research activities include a combination of computer modeling, field demonstrations, and long-term monitoring to support the development of integrated approaches to reduce energy use in existing residential buildings. Analytical tools are being developed to guide designers and builders in selecting the best approaches for each application. Also, DOE partners with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase energy efficiency in existing homes through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

  1. Home Performance Training and Mentoring: Lessons and Resources | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    of Energy Performance Training and Mentoring: Lessons and Resources Home Performance Training and Mentoring: Lessons and Resources Better Buildings Residential Network Workforce/ Business Partners Peer Exchange Call Series: Home Performance Training and Mentoring: Lessons and Resources Call Slides and Discussion Summary, August 14, 2014. Call Slides and Discussion Summary (4.61 MB) More Documents & Publications Better Buildings Training Toolkit Training: How to Get Results - What

  2. Quality Assurance Strategy for Existing Homes: Final Quality Management Primer for High Performing Homes

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    Del Bianco, M.; Taggart, J.; Sikora, J.; Wood, A.

    2012-12-01

    This guide is designed to help Building America (BA) Teams understand quality management and its role in transitioning from conventional to high performance home building and remodeling. It explains what quality means, the value of quality management systems, the unique need for QMS when building high performing homes, and the first steps to a implementing a comprehensive QMS. This document provides a framework and context for BA teams when they encounter builders and remodelers.

  3. Quality Assurance Strategy for Existing Homes. Final Quality Management Primer for High Performing Homes

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    Del Bianco, M.; Taggart, J.; Sikora, J.; Wood, A.

    2012-12-01

    This guide is designed to help Building America (BA) teams understand quality management and its role in transitioning from conventional to high performance home building and remodeling. It explains what quality means, the value of quality management systems, the unique need for QMS when building high performing homes, and the first steps to a implementing a comprehensive QMS. This document provides a framework and context for BA teams when they encounter builders and remodelers.

  4. Reducing Energy Use in Existing Homes by 30%: Learning From Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

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    Liaukus, C.

    2014-12-01

    The improvement of existing homes in the United States can have a much greater impact on overall residential energy use than the construction of highly efficient new homes. There are over 130 million existing housing units in the U.S., while annually new construction represents less than two percent of the total supply (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013). Therefore, the existing housing stock presents a clear opportunity and responsibility for Building America (BA) to guide the remodeling and retrofit market toward higher performance existing homes. There are active programs designed to improve the energy performance of existing homes. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) is a market-rate program among them. BARA's research in this project verified that the New Jersey HPwES program is achieving savings in existing homes that meet or exceed BA's goal of 30%. Among the 17 HPwES projects with utility data included in this report, 15 have actual energy savings ranging from 24% to 46%. Further, two of the homes achieved that level of energy savings without the costly replacement of heating and cooling equipment, which indicates that less costly envelope packages could be offered to consumers unable to invest in more costly mechanical packages, potentially creating broader market impact.

  5. Home Performance Contractor Pro Forma | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Excel sheet for program model, expenses, HR, and marketing, as posted on the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program website. Home Performance Contractor Pro Forma (1022.61 KB

  6. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    available until June 30, 2015 or until the funds are exhausted. NJ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program includes both rebate and loan as incentives. This program is listed...

  7. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Webinar (text version)

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    5, 2010 - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Webinar (text version) Erin Jackson: Okay, hi, everybody. This is Erin Jackson with the Department of Energy, and we welcome you to today's webinar about the EPA's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. I am very excited to introduce our speakers today. The first person we have online is Chandler von Schrader - am I saying that correctly? Chandler von Schrader: Yes. Erin Jackson: Good, good. Hi, welcome, Chandler. He has been in the energy

  8. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    STAR Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Slides presented in the "What's Working in Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs Conference - Promising Approaches and Lessons Learned" on May 20, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (119.32 KB) More Documents & Publications Quality Control, Standardization of Upgrades, and Workforce Expectations Keys to Successful Quality Assurance and Quality Control Programs (101) EERE FY 2008-2012 Budget: Weatherization and

  9. Raising the Bar within the Weatherization and Home Performance Industry

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families who lacked resources to invest in energy efficiency. Through the services and education this program provides, participants experience an increase in health and comfort and a reduction in energy bills. Many times these savings have a huge impact on the household. This video not only shines a light of the existing success of the WAP, but it also takes a look at its recent evolution through the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project. This particular effort has brought a greater sense of unity to the industry, defining quality work, quality workers, and quality training.

  10. Practices and Processes of Leading High Performance Home Builders in the Upper Midwest

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    Von Thoma, Ed; Ojzcyk, Cindy

    2012-12-01

    The NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team proposed this study to gain insight into the business, sales, and construction processes of successful high performance builders. The knowledge gained by understanding the high performance strategies used by individual builders, as well as the process each followed to move from traditional builder to high performance builder, will be beneficial in proposing more in-depth research to yield specific action items to assist the industry at large transform to high performance new home construction. This investigation identified the best practices of three successful high performance builders in the upper Midwest. In-depth field analysis of the performance levels of their homes, their business models, and their strategies for market acceptance were explored.

  11. Practices and Processes of Leading High Performance Home Builders in the Upper Midwest

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    Von Thoma, E.; Ojczyk, C.

    2012-12-01

    The NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team proposed this study to gain insight into the business, sales, and construction processes of successful high performance builders. The knowledge gained by understanding the high performance strategies used by individual builders, as well as the process each followed to move from traditional builder to high performance builder, will be beneficial in proposing more in-depth research to yield specific action items to assist the industry at large transform to high performance new home construction. This investigation identified the best practices of three successful high performance builders in the upper Midwest. In-depth field analysis of the performance levels of their homes, their business models, and their strategies for market acceptance were explored. All three builders commonly seek ENERGY STAR certification on their homes and implement strategies that would allow them to meet the requirements for the Building America Builders Challenge program. Their desire for continuous improvement, willingness to seek outside assistance, and ambition to be leaders in their field are common themes. Problem solving to overcome challenges was accepted as part of doing business. It was concluded that crossing the gap from code-based building to high performance based building was a natural evolution for these leading builders.

  12. High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems;

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Volume 6 Building America Best Practices Series | Department of Energy Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems; Volume 6 Building America Best Practices Series High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems; Volume 6 Building America Best Practices Series The sixth volume of the Building America Best Practices Series presents information that is useful throughout the United States for enhancing the energy efficiency practices in the specific

  13. Technology Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Accelerating the Delivery of Home-Performance Upgrades Using a Synergistic Business Model

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Building America team NorthernSTAR investigated opportunities to use the massive customer networks of the home service industry as a means to connect homeowners to home-performance solutions....

  14. Energy Savings Performance Contract Project Assistance for Agencies

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2009-07-27

    Overview of Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) assistance and services available for energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects.

  15. Health and Safety Guide for Home Performance Contractors

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    Stratton, Chris; Walker, Iain S.

    2012-02-15

    This report is intended to provide home performance contractor trainers with a resource to keep both their workers and home residents safe and healthy. This document is an attempt to describe what we currently believe is safe, what we believe is unsafe, and what we’re unsure about. It is intended to identify health and safety issues and provide historical context and current understanding of both risks and mitigation strategies. In addition, it provides links to more in-depth resources for each issue. When we tighten the thermal envelope of a house to improve comfort and reduce energy use, we have to be sure that we are not compromising the indoor air quality of the home. This means identifying and mitigating or eliminating pollution sources before and after you make changes to the home. These sources can include materials and finishes in the home, exhaust gasses from combustion appliances, soil gasses such as radon, and moisture from a bathroom, kitchen, or unvented clothes dryer. Our first responsibility is to do no harm — this applies both to our clients and to our employees. Currently, there are many new products that are widely used but whose health effects are not well understood. Our in ability to have perfect information means the directive to do no harm can be difficult to obey. Each home is a little bit different, and in the face of a situation you’ve never encountered, it’s important to have a solid grasp of the fundamental concepts of building science when the hard and fast rules don’t apply . The home performance industry is gaining momentum, and has the potential to expand greatly as energy costs continue to rise. It is imperative that we remain vigilant about protecting the health and safety of our workers and our customers. It only takes a few news stories about a family that got sick after their home was tightened by a home performance contractor to scare off potential customers and taint the reputation of the entire industry. Good

  16. High Performance Builder Spotlight: Clifton View Homes II

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    Clifton View Homes builds superefficient homes that qualify for DOE’s Builders Challenge like this home on Whidbey Island that achieves a 57 on the HERS index.

  17. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR- 2014 BTO Peer Review

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Presenter: Ely Jacobsohn, U.S. Department of Energy The goal of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) is to help homeowners improve the efficiency and comfort of their homes using a comprehensive, whole-house approach, while also helping to protect the environment. HPwES provides homeowners with resources to identify trusted contractors to recommend and perform energy improvements so that homeowners can understand their home’s energy use. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support local program sponsors, such as utilities and state energy offices, that qualify contractors. As of April 2014, HPwES has upgraded more than 330,000 homes since 2002, with average homeowner savings of more than $500 annually after retrofit. The program is working to facilitate the achievement of scale in the home performance industry by demonstrating value and moving toward replicable delivery models that support expanded participation in the HPwES program.

  18. Evaluation of Model Results and Measured Performance of Net-Zero Energy Homes in Hawaii: Preprint

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    Norton, P.; Kiatreungwattana, K.; Kelly, K. J.

    2013-03-01

    The Kaupuni community consists of 19 affordable net-zero energy homes that were built within the Waianae Valley of Oahu, Hawaii in 2011. The project was developed for the native Hawaiian community led by the Department of Hawaiian Homelands. This paper presents a comparison of the modeled and measured energy performance of the homes. Over the first year of occupancy, the community as a whole performed within 1% of the net-zero energy goals. The data show a range of performance from house to house with the majority of the homes consistently near or exceeding net-zero, while a few fall short of the predicted net-zero energy performance. The impact of building floor plan, weather, and cooling set point on this comparison is discussed. The project demonstrates the value of using building energy simulations as a tool to assist the project to achieve energy performance goals. Lessons learned from the energy performance monitoring has had immediate benefits in providing feedback to the homeowners, and will be used to influence future energy efficient designs in Hawaii and other tropical climates.

  19. Campbell Creek Research Homes FY 2012 Annual Performance Report

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    Gehl, Anthony C; Munk, Jeffrey D; Jackson, Roderick K; Boudreaux, Philip R; Khowailed, Gannate A

    2013-01-01

    The Campbell Creek project is funded and managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Technology Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Power Delivery & and Utilization Office. Technical support is provided under contract by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Electric Power Research Institute.The project was designed to determine the relative energy efficiency of typical new home construction, energy efficiency retrofitting of existing homes, and high -performance new homes built from the ground up for energy efficiency. This project will compare three houses that represented the current construction practice as a base case (Builder House CC1); a modified house that could represent a major energy- efficient retrofit (Retrofit House CC2); and a house constructed from the ground up to be a high- performance home (High Performance House CC3). In order tTo enablehave a valid comparison, it was necessary to simulate occupancy in all three houses and heavily monitor the structural components and the energy usage by component. All three houses are two story, slab on grade, framed construction. CC1 and CC2 are approximately 2,400 square feet2. CC3 has a pantry option, that is primarily used as a mechanical equipment room, that adds approximately 100 square feet2. All three houses are all-electric (with the exception of a gas log fireplace that is not used during the testing), and use air-source heat pumps for heating and cooling. The three homes are located in Knoxville in the Campbell Creek Subdivision. CC1 and CC2 are next door to each other and CC3 is across the street and a couple of houses down. The energy data collected will be used to determine the benefits of retrofit packages and high -performance new home packages. There are over 300 channels of continuous energy performance and thermal comfort data collection in the houses (100 for each house). The data will also be used to evaluate the impact of energy -efficient upgrades ton the envelope, mechanical

  20. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: The Performance

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    House: A Cold Climate Challenge Home, Old Greenwich, Connecticut (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy The Performance House: A Cold Climate Challenge Home, Old Greenwich, Connecticut (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: The Performance House: A Cold Climate Challenge Home, Old Greenwich, Connecticut (Fact Sheet) The first Challenge Home built in New England features cool-roof shingles, HERS 20-42, and walls densely packed with blown fiberglass. The Performance

  1. Analysis of Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Measure Packages

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    Baker, J.; Yee, S.; Brand, L.

    2013-09-01

    Through the Chicagoland Single Family Housing Characterization and Retrofit Prioritization report, the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit research team characterized 15 housing types in the Chicagoland region based on assessor data, utility billing history, and available data from prior energy efficiency programs. Within these 15 groups, a subset showed the greatest opportunity for energy savings based on BEopt Version 1.1 modeling of potential energy efficiency package options and the percent of the housing stock represented by each group. In this project, collected field data from a whole-home program in Illinois are utilized to compare marketplace-installed measures to the energy saving optimal packages previously developed for the 15 housing types. Housing type, conditions, energy efficiency measures installed, and retrofit cost information were collected from 19 homes that participated in the Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in 2012, representing eight of the characterized housing groups. Two were selected for further case study analysis to provide an illustration of the differences between optimal and actually installed measures. Taken together, these homes are representative of 34.8% of the Chicagoland residential building stock. In one instance, actual installed measures closely matched optimal recommended measures.

  2. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Webinar (text version) | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy Webinar (text version) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Webinar (text version) This Better Buildings webinar took place on August 5, 2010. Webinar transcript (150.29 KB) More Documents & Publications May 21, 2011 - Getting Useful Real Time Feedback About Your Program Webinar (text version) February 13, 2013 Webinar: Preliminary Process and Market Evaluation - Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Webcast April 27, 2011 - How to Work with the Media Webinar (text version)

  3. From Energy Audits to Home Performance: 30 Years of Articles in Home Energy Magazine

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    Meier, Alan

    2014-08-11

    Home Energy Magazine has been publishing articles about residential energy efficiency for 30 years. Its goal has been to disseminate technically reliable and neutral information to the practitioners, that is, professionals in the business of home energy efficiency. The articles, editorials, letters, and advertisements are a kind of window on the evolution of energy conservation technologies, policies, and organizations. Initially, the focus was on audits and simple retrofits, such as weatherstripping and insulation. Instrumentation was sparse sometimes limited to a ruler to measure depth of attic insulation and a blower door was exotic. CFLs were heavy, awkward bulbs which might, or might not, fit in a fixture. Saving air conditioning energy was not a priority. Solar energy was only for the most adventurous. Thirty years on, the technologies and business have moved beyond just insulating attics to the larger challenge of delivering home performance and achieving zero net energy. This shift reflects the success in reducing space heating energy and the need to create a profitable industry by providing more services. The leading edge of the residential energy services market is becoming much more sophisticated, offering both efficiency and solar systems. The challenge is to continue providing relevant and reliable information in a transformed industry and a revolutionized media landscape.

  4. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: High-Performance...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    New Homes: High-Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: High-Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates The Alliance for Residential...

  5. High Performance Builder Spotlight: LifeStyle Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    LifeStyle Homes of Melbourne, Florida, is aiming for affordable net zero energy homes with help from Building America research partner Florida Solar Energy Center.

  6. Sustainable Energy Utility- D.C. Home Performance

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Personal Home Energy Coaches are available to help you review your home energy audit and provide guidance on what improvements will help you achieve the most energy savings.

  7. NREL Enables Efficient Data Exchange for Home Performance Companies (Fact Sheet), NREL Highlights in Research & Development

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    Merket, N.

    2014-01-01

    NREL supports standard data transfer protocol to streamline communication of home performance tracking systems and upgrade analysis software.

  8. Building America Top Innovations 2012: Affordable High Performance in Production Homes: Artistic Homes

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    none,

    2013-01-01

    This Building America Top Innovations profile describes Artistic Homes, a successful New Mexico production builder, who went from code-minimum to under HERS 50 standard on every home, with optional PV upgrades to HERS 35 or true net zero on every home plan offered.

  9. Affordable High Performance in Production Homes: Artistic Homes, Albuquerque, NM- Building America Top Innovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This Building America Innovations profile describes Artistic Homes, a successful New Mexico production builder, who went from code-minimum to under HERS 50 standard on every home, with optional PV upgrades to HERS 35 or true net zero on every home plan offered.

  10. Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Business Models Guide: Home Performance Contractor Business Model

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The home performance contractor model walks through the “one-stop-shop” model for home energy upgrades. It illustrates both the opportunities and barriers for starting as a home performance contractor company from the beginning, rather than expanding from an existing model, such as a remodeler.

  11. Building America Case Studies for New Homes: Performance and Costs of Ductless Heat Pumps in Marine Climate High-Performance Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Woods is a sustainable community built by Habitat for Humanity in 2013. This community comprises 30 homes that are high-performance and energy-efficient. With support from Tacoma Public Utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration, the BA-PIRC team is researching the energy performance of these homes and the ductless heat pumps they employ.

  12. DOE Tour of Zero: Chamberlain Court #75 by High Performance Homes |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Chamberlain Court #75 by High Performance Homes DOE Tour of Zero: Chamberlain Court #75 by High Performance Homes 1 of 26 High Performance Homes built this 6,869-square-foot home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. 2 of 26 The 6.25-kW solar electric system uses roof-integrated photovoltaic shingles for a low profile and contributes to reducing utility bills by nearly $4,000

  13. Health and Safety Guide for Home Performance Contractors (Technical...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    we are not compromising the indoor air quality of the home. This means identifying and mitigating or eliminating pollution sources before and after you make changes to the home. ...

  14. Missouri Gas Energy (MGE)- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) offers rebates to its residential customers towards the cost of an ENERGY STAR Home Energy Assessment and a portion of the installed efficiency improvements. Home...

  15. Building America Performance Analysis Procedures for Existing Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2006-05-01

    Building America is investigating the best ways to make existing homes more energy-efficient, based on lessons learned from research in new homes. America program is aiming for a 20%30% reduction in energy use in existing homes by 2020.

  16. Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Business Models Guide: Home Performance Contractor Introduction

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The home performance contractor is a firm whose business is to deliver customized and complete home energy upgrade solutions directly to consumers. This is a relatively new contractor model; it addresses companies that provide services from the energy assessment stage of the home energy upgrade process through the installation and quality assurance stages.

  17. Using EnergyPlus to Perform Dehumidification Analysis on Building America Homes

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    Fang, Xia; Winkler, Jon; Christensen, Dane

    2011-03-01

    This study used EnergyPlus to investigate humidity issues on a typical mid-1990s reference home, a 2006 International Energy Conservation Code home, and a high-performance home in a hot-humid climate; the study confirmed that supplemental dehumidification should be provided to maintain space relative humidity below 60% in a hot-humid climate.

  18. Performance of the biose cascade-INEL manufactured solar home

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    Lau, A S; Liebelt, K H; Scofield, M P; Shinn, N R

    1980-01-01

    Two manufactured active solar homes using air collectors and rock storage were designed, bult and are being tested. The cooperative, DOE-funded project involves. Boise Cascade Corporation and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). The two primary goals of the project are to develop an active solar heating system that is cost-effective now, and to provide significant market penetration through the involvement of Boise Cascade, a major manufacturer of factory built houses. A brief discussion of the houses and solar systems is included, with more detailed discussion of the desktop-computer based data acquisition system and initial performance results. The 1979 cooling season data indicated a need for modifications to achieve adequate cooling system performance. Data from the heating season showed good agreement with calculations, especially the house heat loss coefficient. However, solar heating fractions were lower than predicted and an examination of the collector operating efficiency showed the collector losses to be approximately three times higher than predicted. Tests are underway to better understand the large collection losses. Comparison of the performance data and f-chart predictions shows significant differences, with predicted solar fractions being lower than actual. The solar domestic hot water preheating system performed reasonably well, with significant thermal losses noticed from the auxiliary hot water heater. Recommendations are made for the design of solar air-heating systems.

  19. Measured Performance of Occupied, Side-by-Side, South Texas Homes

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    Chasar, Dave; vonSchramm, Valerie

    2012-09-01

    The performance of three homes in San Antonio, Texas with identical floor plans and orientation were evaluated through a partnership between the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), CPS Energy, and Woodside Homes of South Texas. Measurements included whole house gas and electric use as well as heating, cooling, hot water, major appliances and indoor and outdoor conditions. One home built to builder standard practice served as the control, while the other homes demonstrated high performance features. Utility peak electric load comparisons of these dual-fuel homes provide an assessment of envelope and equipment improvements.

  20. Building America Performance Analysis Procedures for Existing Homes

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    Hendron, Robert

    2006-05-01

    This report provides a proposed set of guidelines for estimating the energy savings achieved by a package of retrofits or an extensive rehabilitation of an existing home.

  1. High Performance Builder Spotlight: KB Home GreenHouse

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    2011-01-01

    Located in the Lake Burden community in Windermere, FL, the KB Home GreenHouse is expected to produce as much energy as it consumes.

  2. Think Again! A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service Offerings (301)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call Series: Think Again! A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service Offerings (301), call slides and discussion summary.

  3. HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System- Building America Top Innovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    NREL’s Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer (known as HPXML) facilitates smooth communication between program tracking systems and energy upgrade analysis software.

  4. Energy Efficiency on Display: Using Demonstration Projects to Showcase Home Performance Opportunities (201)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call Series: Energy Efficiency on Display: Using Demonstration Projects to Showcase Home Performance Opportunities (201), call slides and discussion summary.

  5. Measured Performance of Occupied, Side-by-Side, South Texas Homes

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    Chasar, D.; vonSchramm, V.

    2012-09-01

    The performance of three homes in San Antonio, Texas with identical floor plans and orientation were evaluated through a partnership between the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), CPS Energy, and Woodside Homes of South Texas. Measurements included whole house gas and electric use as well as heating, cooling, hot water, major appliances and indoor and outdoor conditions. One home built to builder standard practice served as the control, while the other homes demonstrated high performance features. Utility peak electric load comparisons of these dual-fuel homes provide an assessment of envelope and equipment improvements. The control home used natural gas for space and water heating only, while the improved homes had gas heating and major appliances with the exception of a high efficiency heat pump in one home. Data collection began in July of 2009 and continued through April of 2011. Energy ratings for the homes yielded E-Scales (aka HERS indices) of 86 for the control home, 54 for one improved home and 37 for the other home which has a 2.4kW photovoltaic array.

  6. High Performance Builder Spotlight: Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes of Fresno, CA, has worked with Building America team member IBACOS to apply building science to production homes. Even without solar panels, the company’s Jordan model exceeds California’s building efficiency standard by 36%.

  7. Proven Performance of Seven Cold Climate Deep Retrofit Homes

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    Osser, R.; Neuhauser, K.; Ueno, K.

    2012-06-01

    Seven test homes located in Massachusetts are examined within this report. The retrofit strategies of each home are presented along with a comparison of the pre- and post-retrofit airtightness achieved by the group. Pre- and post-retrofit utility bills were collected; energy models were used to estimate pre-retrofit energy use when bills were unavailable.

  8. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR: Utility Bill Analysis on Homes Participating in Austin Energy's Program

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    Belzer, D.; Mosey, G.; Dagher, L.; Plympton, P.

    2008-01-01

    Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) is a jointly managed program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This program focuses on improving energy efficiency in existing homes via a whole-house approach to assessing and improving a home's energy performance, and helping to protect the environment. As a local sponsor for HPwES, Austin Energy's HPwES program offers a complete home energy assessment and a list of recommendations for efficiency improvements, along with cost estimates. The owner can choose to implement only one or the complete set of energy conservation measures. Austin Energy facilitates the process by providing economic incentives to the homeowner through its HPwES Loan program and its HPwES Rebate program. In 2005, the total number of participants in both programs was approximately 1,400. Both programs are only available for improvements made by a participating HPwES contractor. The individual household billing data - encompassing more than 7,000 households - provided by Austin Energy provides a rich data set to estimate the impacts of its HPwES program. The length of the billing histories is sufficient to develop PRISM-type models of electricity use based on several years of monthly bills before and after the installation of the conservation measures. Individual household savings were estimated from a restricted version of a PRISM-type regression model where the reference temperature to define cooling (or heating degree days) was estimated along with other parameters. Because the statistical quality of the regression models varies across individual households, three separate samples were used to measure the aggregate results. The samples were distinguished on the basis of the statistical significance of the estimated (normalized) cooling consumption. A normalized measure of cooling consumption was based on average temperatures observed over the most recent nine-year period ending in 2006. This

  9. Indoor Air Quality in 24 California Residences Designed as High-Performance Homes

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    Less, Brennan; Mullen, Nasim; Singer, Brett; Walker, Iain

    2015-07-01

    Today’s high performance green homes are reaching previously unheard of levels of airtightness and are using new materials, technologies and strategies, whose impacts on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) cannot be fully anticipated from prior studies. This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California.

  10. DOE ZERH Webinar: High-Performance Home Sales Training, Part II |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Webinar: High-Performance Home Sales Training, Part II DOE ZERH Webinar: High-Performance Home Sales Training, Part II Watch the video or view the presentation slides below Sales ... Businesses cannot succeed if the value of their products or services is not effectively conveyed to consumers. The housing industry has certainly figured out how to engage consumer interest in highly visible amenities like larger homes, granite counters, and luxurious master bedroom suites.

  11. DOE ZERH Webinar: High-Performance Home Sales Training, Part I | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    of Energy High-Performance Home Sales Training, Part I DOE ZERH Webinar: High-Performance Home Sales Training, Part I Watch the video or view the presentation slides below Sales ... Businesses cannot succeed if the value of their products or services is not effectively conveyed to consumers. The housing industry has certainly figured out how to engage consumer interest in highly visible amenities like larger homes, granite counters, and luxurious master bedroom suites. However, the skills

  12. Kansas City Power & Light- Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) offers rebates to residential customers of KCP&L's Greater Missouri Operations towards the cost of an ENERGY STAR Home Energy Assessment and a portion...

  13. Kansas City Power & Light- Home Performance Rebate with ENERGY STAR

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) offers rebates to residential customers towards the cost of an ENERGY STAR Home Energy Assessment and a portion of the installed efficiency improvements....

  14. Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Business Models Guide: Home Performance Contractor Business Model Conclusion

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The summary details important observations on home performance contractors and those observations’ impact on potential expansion into the residential energy efficiency market. Understanding these impacts can help home performance contractors, program administrators, and other actors create and/or sustain a business that promotes energy efficiency.

  15. Performance Assessment Assistance Activities in the DOE Complex - 12325

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    Seitz, Roger R.; Phifer, Mark A.; Letourneau, Martin J.

    2012-07-01

    The United States Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) has established a Performance Assessment Community of Practice (PA CoP) to foster the sharing of information among performance assessment (PA) and risk assessment practitioners, regulators and oversight personnel. The general intent is to contribute to continuous improvement in the consistency, technical adequacy and quality of implementation of PAs and risk assessments around the DOE Complex. The PA CoP activities have involved commercial disposal facilities and international participants to provide a global perspective. The PA CoP has also sponsored annual technical exchanges as a means to foster improved communication and to share lessons learned from on-going modelling activities. The PA CoP encourages activities to provide programmatic and technical assistance in the form of sharing experience and lessons learned with practitioners during the development of PAs and risk assessments. This assistance complements DOE-EM reviews through the Low-Level Waste Disposal Facility Federal Review Group (LFRG) that are conducted after modelling efforts are completed. Such up-front assistance is providing additional value in terms of improving consistency and sharing of information. There has been a substantial increase in the amount of assistance being provided. The assistance has been well received by practitioners and regulators that have been involved. The paper highlights assistance and sharing of information that has been conducted in the last two years to support activities underway in support of proposed disposal facilities at Paducah, Portsmouth, and the Idaho National Laboratory and tank closure at Hanford. DOE-EM established the PA CoP to help improve the consistency and quality of implementation of modelling activities around the DOE Complex. The PA CoP has sponsored annual technical exchanges as a means to foster improved communication and to share lessons learned from ongoing

  16. Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Business Models Guide: Home Performance Contractor Market

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The energy efficiency market was $38.3 billion in 2009, of which $8.1 billion was spent on home energy assessments. There are several large home performance contractor firms, but the majority of firms in the industry are small startups and businesses that have transitioned into the home improvement market from a competing type of business (e.g., remodelers, HVAC contractors). Home performance contractors typically serve as a single point of contact to provide a wide range of improvements for homeowners, from energy assessments to quality assurance.

  17. Building America Top Innovations Hall of Fame Profile … High-Performance Home Cost Performance Trade-Offs Production Builders

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    field projects with production builders have demonstrated that high-performance homes experience significant cost trade-offs that offset other cost increases. This proved transformational, gaining builder traction with related market-based programs like ENERGY STAR for Homes and DOE Challenge Home. "Break points" or cost trade-offs that are identified during the engineering analysis of the residential construction process can yield two types of business savings: 1) reductions in costs

  18. Superior Energy Performance (SEP): AMO Technical Assistance Overview

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Superior Energy Performance (SEP): AMO Technical Assistance Overview Paul Scheihing This presentation does not contain any proprietary, confidential, or otherwise restricted information. Better Plants and Superior Energy Performance DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office has two complementary programs: * Better Plants - Corporations set a goal, establish baseline, track energy use, and report data - Corporations report to DOE on an annual basis on a portfolio of facilities. * Superior Energy

  19. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: High Performance Homes, Chamberlain Court #75, Gettysburg, PA

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of a DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award winning production home in the cold climate that got a HERS 37 without PV, or HERS 23 with PV, with R-24 SIP walls, Basement with R-10 under slab, and R-15 unfaced batt on walls, sealed attic with R-49 ocsf under roof deck; ground source heat pump COP 4.4.

  20. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study 2013: Preferred Builders, Old Greenwhich, CT, Custom, The Performance House

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    invites home builders across the country to meet the extraordinary levels of excellence and quality specified in DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program (formerly known as Challenge Home). Every DOE Zero Energy Ready Home starts with ENERGY STAR for Homes Version 3 for an energy-efficient home built on a solid foundation of building science research. Advanced technologies are designed in to give you superior construction, durability, and comfort; healthy indoor air; high-performance HVAC, lighting,

  1. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2011-11-01

    Tommy Williams Homes worked with PNNL, Florida HERO, Energy Smart Home Plans, and Florida Solar Energy Center to design and test two zero energy homes. Energy use was 30% lower in one home and 60% lower in the other.

  2. PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT ASSISTANCE ACTIVITIES IN THE DOE COMPLEX

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Seitz, R.

    2012-01-23

    The United States Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) has established a Performance Assessment Community of Practice (PA CoP) to foster the sharing of information among performance assessment (PA) and risk assessment practitioners, regulators and oversight personnel. The general intent is to contribute to continuous improvement in the consistency, technical adequacy and quality of implementation of PAs and risk assessments around the DOE Complex. The PA CoP activities have involved commercial disposal facilities and international participants to provide a global perspective. The PA CoP has also sponsored annual technical exchanges as a means to foster improved communication and to share lessons learned from on-going modelling activities. The PA CoP encourages activities to provide programmatic and technical assistance in the form of sharing experience and lessons learned with practitioners during the development of PAs and risk assessments. This assistance complements DOE-EM reviews through the Low-Level Waste Disposal Facility Federal Review Group (LFRG) that are conducted after modelling efforts are completed. Such up-front assistance is providing additional value in terms of improving consistency and sharing of information. There has been a substantial increase in the amount of assistance being provided. The assistance has been well received by practitioners and regulators that have been involved. The paper highlights assistance and sharing of information that has been conducted in the last two years to support activities underway in support of proposed disposal facilities at Paducah, Portsmouth, and the Idaho National Laboratory and tank closure at Hanford.

  3. Comfort in High-Performance Homes in a Hot-Humid Climate

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    Poerschke, A.; Beach, R.

    2016-01-01

    IBACOS monitored 37 homes during the late summer and early fall of 2014 in a hot and humid climate to better understand indoor comfort conditions. These homes were constructed in the last several years by four home builders that offered a comfort and performance guarantee for the homes. The homes were located in one of four cities: Tampa, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Houston, Texas; and San Antonio, Texas. Temperature and humidity data were collected from the thermostat and each room of the house using small, battery-powered data loggers. To understand system runtime and its impact on comfort, supply air temperature also was measured on a 1-minute interval. Overall, the group of homes only exceeded a room-to-room temperature difference of 6 degrees Fahrenheit for 5% of the time.

  4. Home

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    NNSA Nevada Field Office on Facebook NNSA Nevada Field Office on Twitter *** The next NSSAB Full Board meeting is September 21, 2016 *** About the NSSAB The Nevada Site Specific Advisory Board is a part of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, a stakeholder board that provides the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management and designees with independent advice, information, and recommendations on issues affecting the EM program at various sites. Among those issues are

  5. Measured Cooling Performance and Potential for Buried Duct Condensation in a 1991 Central Florida Retrofit Home

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    Chasar, Dave; Withers, Charles R.

    2013-02-01

    FSEC conducted energy performance monitoring of two existing residences in Central Florida that were undergoing various retrofits. These homes were occupied by FSEC researchers and were fully instrumented to provide detailed energy, temperature, and humidity measurements. The data provided feedback about the performance of two levels of retrofit in two types of homes in a hot-humid climate. This report covers a moderate-level retrofit and includes two years of pre-retrofit data to characterize the impact of improvements. The other home is a 'deep energy retrofit' (detailed in a separate report) that has performed at near zero energy with a photovoltaic (PV) system and extensive envelope improvements.

  6. Preliminary Performance Evaluation of a Near Zero Energy Home in Callaway, Florida

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    Martin, Eric; Parker, Danny; Sherwin, John; Colon, Carlos

    2009-02-20

    This case study reports on a near zero energy home in Callaway, FL. This paper briefly reviews the design and then focuses on the first four months of energy performance during the second half of 2008.

  7. Building America Top Innovations 2013 Profile – HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2013-09-01

    This Top Innovation profile describes the Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer (known as HPXML), developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which facilitates smooth communication between program tracking systems and energy upgrade analysis software,

  8. Building America Research Teams: BSC and CARB—20 Years of Advancing High Performance Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In this article, we continue our series of profiles on the Building America research teams—multidisciplinary industry partnerships who work to make high performance homes a reality for all Americans.

  9. What are the Best HVAC Solutions for Low-Load, High Performance Homes?"

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This presentation was given at the Summer 2012 DOE Building America meeting on July 26, 2012, and addressed the question What are the best HVAC solutions for low-load, high performance homes?"

  10. Electrically-Assisted Turbocharger Development for Performance and Emissions

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Bailey, Milton

    2000-08-20

    Turbocharger transient lag inherently imposes a tradeoff between a robust engine response to transient load shifts and exhaust emissions. By itself, a well matched turbocharger for an engine has limited flexibility in improving this transient response. Electrically-assisted turbocharging has been seen as an attractive option to improve response and lower transient emissions. This paper presents the results of a multi-year joint CRADA between DDC and ORNL. Virtual lab diesel simulation models characterized the performance improvement potential of an electrically assisted turbocharger technology. Operating requirements to reduce transient duration between load shift time by up to 50% were determined. A turbomachine has been conceptualized with an integrated motor-generator, providing transient burst boost plus energy recovery capability. Numerous electric motor designs were considered, and a prototype motor was developed, fabricated, and is undergoing tests. Power controls have been designed and fabricated.

  11. Building America Energy Renovations. A Business Case for Home Performance Contracting

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    Baechler, Michael C.; Antonopoulos, C. A.; Sevigny, M.; Gilbride, T. L.; Hefty, M. G.

    2012-10-01

    This research report gives an overview of the needs and opportunities that exist in the U.S. home performance contracting industry. The report discusses industry trends, market drivers, different business models, and points of entry for existing and new businesses hoping to enter the home performance contracting industry. Case studies of eight companies who successfully entered the industry are provided, including business metrics, start-up costs, and marketing approaches.

  12. Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes

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    Hewes, Tom; Peeks, Brady

    2015-09-15

    ?This project represents the third phase of a multi-year effort to develop and bring to market a High Performance Manufactured Home (HPMH). The scope of this project involved building four HPMH prototypes, resulting in what is expected to be a 30% savings relative to the Building America Benchmark. (The actual % savings varies depending on choice of heating equipment and climate zone). The HPMH home is intended to make significant progress toward performing as zero-net-energy ready. Previous phases of this project created a HPMH specification and prototyped individual measures from the package to obtain engineering approvals and develop preliminary factory construction processes. This report describes the project team's work during 2014 to build prototype homes to the HPMH specifications and to monitor the homes for energy performance and durability during 2014. Monitoring is expected to continue into 2016.

  13. Indoor air quality in 24 California residences designed as high-performance homes

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    Less, Brennan; Mullen, Nasim; Singer, Brett; Walker, Iain

    2015-01-01

    Today’s high performance green homes are reaching previously unheard of levels of airtightness and are using new materials, technologies and strategies, whose impacts on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) cannot be fully anticipated from prior studies. This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California. Although the mechanically vented homes were six times as airtight as non-mechanically ventilated homes (medians of 1.1 and 6.1 ACH50, n=11 and n=8, respectively), their use of mechanical ventilation systems and possibly window operation meant their median air exchange rates were almost the same (0.30 versus 0.32 hr-1, n=8 and n=8, respectively). Pollutant levels were also similar in vented and unvented homes. In addition, these similarities were achieved despite numerous observed faults in complex mechanical ventilation systems. More rigorous commissioning is still recommended. Cooking exhaust systems were used inconsistently and several suffered from design flaws. Failure to follow best practices led to IAQ problems in some cases. Ambient nitrogen dioxide standards were exceeded or nearly so in four homes that either used gas ranges with standing pilots, or in Passive House-style homes that used gas cooking burners without venting range hoods. Homes without active particle filtration had particle count concentrations approximately double those in homes with enhanced filtration. The majority of homes reported using low-emitting materials; consistent with this, formaldehyde levels were approximately half those in conventional, new CA homes built before 2008. Emissions of ultrafine particles (with diameters <100 nm) were dramatically lower on induction electric cooktops, compared with either gas or resistance electric models. These results indicate that high performance homes can achieve

  14. Measurement-Based Evaluation of Installed Filtration System Performance in Single-Family Homes

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    Chan, Wanyu Rengie; Singer, Brett C.

    2014-04-03

    This guide discusses important study design issues to consider when conducting an on-site evaluation of filtration system performance. The two most important dichotomies to consider in developing a study protocol are (1) whether systems are being evaluated in occupied or unoccupied homes and (2) whether different systems are being compared in the same homes or if the comparison is between systems installed in different homes. This document provides perspective and recommendations about a suite of implementation issues including the choice of particle measurement devices, selection of sampling locations, ways to control and/or monitor factors and processes that can impact particle concentrations, and data analysis approaches.

  15. Home Performance with Energy Star. Which Measures Get You 30% Savings?

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Performance With Energy Star, Which Measures Get You 30% Savings? Christine Liaukus, R.A. Building America Retrofit Alliance Context A Building America goal for existing homes is to reduce source energy use by 30% Savings from HPwES range from 10% to 30%+ HPwES is the largest existing market rate Home EE program in the US Research Questions 1 1 * Can Building America formulate a prescriptive package based on HPwES to reliably achieve 30% source energy savings in existing homes? 2 2 * What

  16. EERE Success Story-Performance Improvements for Factory-Built Homes |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Improvements for Factory-Built Homes EERE Success Story-Performance Improvements for Factory-Built Homes December 22, 2015 - 3:02pm Addthis Highly efficient Building America test house in Russellville, AL. Photo Courtesy: Levy Partnership Highly efficient Building America test house in Russellville, AL. Photo Courtesy: Levy Partnership The ARIES Collaborative, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America research team, recently developed and evaluated methods to

  17. Building America Energy Renovations: A Business Case for Home Performance Contracting

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This research report gives an overview of the needs and opportunities that exist in the U.S. home performance contracting industry. The report discusses industry trends, market drivers, different business models, and points of entry for existing and new businesses hoping to enter the home performanc contracting industry. Case studies of eight companies who successfully entered the industry are provided, including business metrics, start-up costs, and marketing approaches.

  18. High Performance Home Building Guide for Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

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    Lindsey Marburger

    2010-10-01

    This guide covers basic principles of high performance Habitat construction, steps to achieving high performance Habitat construction, resources to help improve building practices, materials, etc., and affiliate profiles and recommendations.

  19. Performance House: A Cold Climate Challenge Home, Old Greenwich, Connecticut (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2013-11-01

    By working with builder partners on test homes, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program can vet whole-house building strategies and avoid potential unintended consequences of implementing untested solution packages on a production scale. To support this research, Building America team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) partnered with Preferred Builders Inc. on a high-performance test home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The philosophy and science behind the 2,700 ft2 "Performance House" was based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, and adaptable to the needs of homeowners. The technologies and strategies used in the "Performance House" were best practices rather than cutting edge, with a focus on simplicity in construction, maintenance, and operation. Achieving 30% source energy savings compared with a home built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code in the cold climate zone requires that nearly all components and systems be optimized. Careful planning and design are critical. The end result was a DOE Challenge Home that achieved a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score of 20 (43 without photovoltaics [PV]).

  20. New Hampshire Electric Co-Op- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The Energy Assistance Program is designed to help NHEC's income-qualified members manage energy use with the goal of lowering total energy costs. Qualified members living in an apartment or house,...

  1. Webinar: High Performance Enclosure Strategies: Part I. Existing Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The webinar will focus on specific Building America projects that have studied technical solutions to retrofit building enclosures to improve energy and durability performance. Presenters will...

  2. Measured Whole-House Performance of TaC Studios Test Home

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Butler, T.; Curtis, O.; Stephenson, R.

    2013-12-01

    As part of the NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership, Southface partnered with TaC Studios, an Atlanta-based architecture firm specializing in residential and light commercial design, on the construction of a new test home in Atlanta, GA, in the mixed humid climate. This home serves as a residence and home office for the firm's owners, as well as a demonstration of their design approach to potential and current clients. Southface believes the home demonstrates current best practices for the mixed-humid climate, including a building envelope featuring advanced air sealing details and low density spray foam insulation, glazing that exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements, and a high performance heating and cooling system. Construction quality and execution was a high priority for TaC Studios and was ensured by a third party review process. Post-construction testing showed that the project met stated goals for envelope performance, an air infiltration rate of 2.15 ACH50. The homeowners wished to further validate whole house energy savings through the project's involvement with Building America and this long-term monitoring effort. As a Building America test home, this home was evaluated to detail whole house energy use, end use loads, and the efficiency and operation of the ground source heat pump and associated systems. Given that the home includes many non-typical end use loads including a home office, pool, landscape water feature, and other luxury features not accounted for in Building America modeling tools, these end uses were separately monitored to determine their impact on overall energy consumption.

  3. Demonstration of the Performance of Highly Insulating (R-5) Windows in a Matched Pair of Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Widder, Sarah H.; Parker, Graham B.

    2013-12-05

    Improving the insulation and solar heat gain characteristics of a homes windows has the potential to significantly improve the homes overall thermal performance by reducing heat loss (in the winter), and cooling loss and solar heat gain (in the summer) through the windows. A high-quality installation will also minimize or reduce air leakage through the building envelope, decreasing infiltration and thus contributing to reduced heat transmission through building envelope. These improvements all contribute to decreasing overall annual home energy use. In addition to improvements in energy efficiency, highly insulating windows can have important impacts on occupant comfort by minimizing or eliminating the cold draft many homeowners experience at or near window surfaces that are at a noticeably cooler than the room air temperature. Energy efficiency measures, such as highly insulating windows, also have the potential to decrease peak energy use in a home, which can lead to measurable peak load decreases for a utility service territory if implemented on a large scale. High-performance windows now feature triple-pane glass, double low-e coatings, and vinyl insulated frames to achieve U-factors as low as 0.2 , as compared to double-pane clear glass windows with a U-factor of 0.67, which are common in existing homes across the United States. The highly insulating windows (as they will be referred to in this document) are now available from several manufacturers and show promise to yield considerable energy savings and thermal comfort improvements in homes.

  4. NREL: Technology Deployment - Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Improves Quality of Energy Efficiency Upgrades Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals Improves Quality of Energy Efficiency Upgrades News Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals: Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades Now Available Via Online Tool Publications Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals Project Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals Fact Sheet Sponsors U.S. DOE Weatherization Assistance Program Key Partners Building Performance Institute

  5. Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program: High Performance Manufactured Home Prototyping and Construction Development

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Hewes, T.; Peeks, B.

    2013-11-01

    The Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and Northwest Energy Works (NEW), the current Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program (NEEM) administrator, have been collaborating to conduct research on new specifications that would improve on the energy requirements of a NEEM home. In its role as administrator, NEW administers the technical specs, performs research and engineering analysis, implements ongoing construction quality management procedures, and maintains a central database with home tracking. This project prototyped and assessed the performances of cost-effective high performance building assemblies and mechanical systems that are not commonly deployed in the manufacturing setting. The package of measures is able to reduce energy used for space conditioning, water heating and lighting by 50 percent over typical manufactured homes produced in the northwest.

  6. Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Hewes, Tom; Peeks, Brady

    2015-09-01

    This project represents the third phase of a multi-year effort to develop and bring to market a High Performance Manufactured Home (HPMH), which is intended to make significant progress toward performing as zero-net-energy ready. The scope of this project involved building four HPMH prototypes, resulting in what is expected to be a 30% savings relative to the Building America Benchmark. (The actual percent savings varies depending on choice of heating equipment and climate zone). Previous phases of this project created a HPMH specification and prototyped individual measures from the package to obtain engineering approvals and develop preliminary factory construction processes. This report describes the project team's work during 2014 to build prototype homes to the HPMH specifications and to monitor the homes for energy performance and durability during 2014. Monitoring is expected to continue into 2016.

  7. Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program: High Performance Manufactured Home Prototyping and Construction Development

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Hewes, Tom; Peeks, Brady

    2013-11-01

    The Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), and Northwest Energy Works (NEW), the current Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program (NEEM) administrator, have been collaborating to conduct research on new specifications that would improve on the energy requirements of a NEEM home. In its role as administrator, NEW administers the technical specs, performs research and engineering analysis, implements ongoing construction quality management procedures, and maintains a central database with home tracking. This project prototyped and assessed the performances of cost-effective high performance building assemblies and mechanical systems that are not commonly deployed in the manufacturing setting. The package of measures is able to reduce energy used for space conditioning, water heating and lighting by 50% over typical manufactured homes produced in the northwest.

  8. Building America Case Study: Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes; Whole-House Solutions for New Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-05-01

    ?This project represents the third phase of a multi-year effort to develop and bring to market a High Performance Manufactured Home (HPMH). The scope of this project involved building four HPMH prototypes, resulting in what is expected to be a 30% savings relative to the Building America Benchmark. (The actual % savings varies depending on choice of heating equipment and climate zone). The HPMH home is intended to make significant progress toward performing as zero-net-energy ready. Previous phases of this project created a HPMH specification and prototyped individual measures from the package to obtain engineering approvals and develop preliminary factory construction processes. This report describes the project team's work during 2014 to build prototype homes to the HPMH specifications and to monitor the homes for energy performance and durability during 2014. Monitoring is expected to continue into 2016.
    home is intended to make significant progress toward performing as zero-net-energy ready. Previous phases of this project created a HPMH specification and prototyped individual measures from the package to obtain engineering approvals and develop preliminary factory construction processes. This report describes the project team's work during 2014 to build prototype homes to the HPMH specifications and to monitor the homes for energy performance and durability during 2014. Monitoring is expected to continue into 2016.

  9. Building America System Research Results. Innovations for High Performance Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2006-05-01

    This report provides a summary of key lessons learned from the first 10 years of the Building America program and also included a summary of the future challenges that must be met to reach the program’s long term performance goals.

  10. Measured Whole-House Performance of TaC Studios Test Home

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Butler, T.; Curtis, O.; Stephenson, R.

    2013-12-01

    As part of the NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership, Southface partnered with TaC Studios, an Atlanta-based architecture firm specializing in residential and light commercial design, on the construction of a new test home in Atlanta, GA in the mixed humid climate. This home serves as a residence and home office for the firm's owners, as well as a demonstration of their design approach topotential and current clients. Southface believes the home demonstrates current best practices for the mixed-humid climate, including a building envelope featuring advanced air sealing details and low density spray foam insulation, glazing that exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements, and a high performance heating and cooling system. Construction quality and execution was a high priority for TaCStudios and was ensured by a third party review process. Post-construction testing showed that the project met stated goals for envelope performance, an air infiltration rate of 2.15 ACH50. The homeowners wished to further validate whole house energy savings through the project's involvement with Building America and this long-term monitoring effort. As a Building America test home, this homewas evaluated to detail whole house energy use, end use loads, and the efficiency and operation of the ground source heat pump and associated systems. Given that the home includes many non-typical end use loads including a home office, pool, landscape water feature, and other luxury features not accounted for in Building America modeling tools, these end uses were separately monitored todetermine their impact on overall energy consumption.

  11. BigHorn Home Improvement Center Energy Performance: Preprint

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Deru, M.; Pless, S.; Torcellini, P.

    2006-04-01

    This is one of the nation's first commercial building projects to integrate extensive high-performance design into a retail space. The extensive use of natural light, combined with energy-efficient electrical lighting design, provides good illumination and excellent energy savings. The reduced lighting loads, management of solar gains, and cool climate allow natural ventilation to meet the cooling loads. A hydronic radiant floor system, gas-fired radiant heaters, and a transpired solar collector deliver heat. An 8.9-kW roof-integrated photovoltaic (PV) system offsets a portion of the electricity.

  12. Energy Savings Performance Contract Project Assistance for Agencies

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    vide ESPC assistance, project facilitation and development, and life of contract support. ... energy cost savings sufficient to pay for the project over the term of the contract. ...

  13. Participant Assisted Data Collection Methods in the California Healthy Homes Indoor Air Quality Study of 2011-13

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    Mullen, Nasim A.; Li, Jina; Singer, Brett C.

    2013-08-01

    From November 2011 to March 2013, air quality was measured over 6-day periods in 324 residences across California using a mail-out strategy. All interactions with study participants, from recruitment, to data collection, to communication of results, were conducted with remote communication methods including conventional mail, electronic mail, telephone and text messaging. Potential participants were reached primarily by sharing study information with community groups and organizations that directed interested individuals to complete an online screening survey. Pollutant concentrations were measured with sampling equipment that was mailed to participants' homes with deployment instructions. Residence and household characteristics and activity data were collected via two phone surveys and an activity log. A comparison of responses to survey questions completed online versus over the phone indicated that a substantial fraction of participants (roughly 20%) required a researcher's assistance to respond to basic questions about appliance characteristics. Using the printed instructions and telephone assistance from researchers, roughly 90% of participants successfully deployed and returned sampling materials accurately and on schedule. The mail-out strategy employed in this study was found to be a cost-effective means for collecting residential air quality data.

  14. Assistance

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    General Questions from RACEE Phase 2 Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) Webinar on Technical Assistance Q1: What is meant by non-responsive? A1: Applications that are outside the scope of the Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) are considered non-responsive. For example, an application from an entity that is ineligible to apply, or in a topic area outside the scope of the NOTA topic area. Non-responsive applications will not be reviewed or considered. Q2: Does the Tech Assistance in Phase 2

  15. Analysis of Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR(R) Measure Packages

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    Baker, J.; Yee, S.; Brand, L.

    2013-09-01

    Through the Chicagoland Single Family Housing Characterization and Retrofit Prioritization report, the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit characterized 15 housing types in the Chicagoland region based on assessor data, utility billing history, and available data from prior energy efficiency programs. Within these 15 groups, a subset showed the greatest opportunity for energy savings based on BEopt Version 1.1 modeling of potential energy efficiency package options and the percent of the housing stock represented by each group. In this project, collected field data from a whole-home program in Illinois are utilized to compare marketplace-installed measures to the energy saving optimal packages previously developed for the 15 housing types. Housing type, conditions, energy efficiency measures installed, and retrofit cost information were collected from 19 homes that participated in the Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in 2012, representing eight of the characterized housing groups. Two were selected for further case study analysis to provide an illustration of the differences between optimal and actually installed measures. Taken together, these homes are representative of 34.8% of the Chicagoland residential building stock. In one instance, actual installed measures closely matched optimal recommended measures.

  16. Expert Meeting: Recommended Approaches to Humidity Control in High Performance Homes

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    Rudd, A.

    2013-07-01

    The topic of this Building America expert meeting was 'Recommended Approaches to Humidity Control in High Performance Homes,' which was held on October 16, 2012, in Westford, MA, and brought together experts in the field of residential humidity control to address modeling issues for dehumidification. The presentations and discussions centered on computer simulation and field experience with these systems, with the goal of developing foundational information to support the development of a Building America Measure Guideline on this topic.

  17. Building America Expert Meeting: Recommended Approaches to Humidity Control in High Performance Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The topic of this Building America expert meeting was Recommended Approaches to Humidity Control in High Performance Homes,Ž which was held on October 16, 2012, in Westford, MA, and brought together experts in the field of residential humidity control to address modeling issues for dehumidification. The presentations and discussions centered on computer simulation and field experience with these systems, with the goal of developing foundational information to support the development of a Building America Measure Guideline on this topic.

  18. WPN 05-7: Weatherization Assistant [National Energy Audit (Neat) and Manufactured Home Energy Audit (MHEA)] Software Upgrade Availability

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    To provide states with instructions for obtaining the Weatherization Assistance Program's 2005 upgraded audit software package.

  19. Campbell Creek Research Homes: FY2013 Annual Performance Report OCT.1, 2012 SEP. 30, 2013

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    Jackson, Roderick K; Boudreaux, Philip R; Munk, Jeffrey D; Gehl, Anthony C; Lyne, Christopher T; Odukomaiya, Wale O

    2014-05-01

    1.INTRODUCTION AND PROJECT OVERVIEW The Campbell Creek project is funded and managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Technology Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Power Delivery and Utilization Office. Technical support is provided under contract by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). The project was designed to determine the relative energy efficiency of typical new home construction, of retrofitting of existing homes, and of high-performance new homes built from the ground up for energy efficiency. This project was designed to compare three houses that represent current construction practices: a base case (Builder House CC1); a modified house that could represent a major energy-efficient retrofit (Retrofit House CC2); and a house constructed from the ground up to be a high-performance home (High Performance House CC3). To enable a valid comparison, it was necessary to simulate occupancy in all three houses and extensively monitor the structural components and the energy usage by component. In October 2013, the base case was also modified by replacing the builder-grade heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system with a high-efficiency variable-speed unit. All three houses are two-story, slab-on-grade, framed construction. CC1 and CC2 are approximately 2,400 ft2. CC3 has a pantry option, used primarily as a mechanical equipment room, that adds approximately 100 ft2. All three houses are all-electric (with the exception of a gas log fireplace that is not used during the testing) and use air-source heat pumps for heating and cooling. The three homes are located in Knoxville in the Campbell Creek Subdivision. CC1 and CC2 are next door to each other with a south-facing orientation; CC3 has a north-facing orientation and is located across the street and a couple of houses down. The energy data collected will be used to determine the benefits of retrofit packages and high-performance new home

  20. Using EnergyPlus to Perform Dehumidification Analysis on Building America Homes: Preprint

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Using EnergyPlus to Perform Dehumidification Analysis on Building America Homes Preprint Xia Fang, Jon Winkler, and Dane Christensen National Renewable Energy Laboratory To be published in the HVAC&R Journal June 2011 Journal Article NREL/JA-5500-49899 March 2011 NOTICE The submitted manuscript has been offered by an employee of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance), a contractor of the US Government under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308. Accordingly, the US Government and

  1. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes - Pacific Northwest

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    2015-05-01

    This project represents the third phase of a multi-year effort to develop and bring to market a High Performance Manufactured Home (HPMH). In this project, the Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program worked with Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction and Bonneville Power Administration to help four factory homebuilders build prototype zero energy ready manufactured homes, resulting in what is expected to be a 30% savings relative to the Building America Benchmark. (The actual % savings varies depending on choice of heating equipment and climate zone). Previous phases of this project created a HPMH specification and prototyped individual measures from the package to obtain engineering approvals and develop preliminary factory construction processes. This case study describes the project team's work during 2014 to build prototype homes to the HPMH specifications and to monitor the homes for energy performance and durability. Monitoring is expected to continue into 2016.

  2. Hodges residence: performance of a direct gain passive solar home in Iowa

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    Hodges, L.

    1980-01-01

    Results are presented for the performance of the Hodges residence, a 2200-square-foot earth-sheltered direct gain passive solar home in Ames, Iowa, during the 1979-80 heating season, its first occupied season. No night insulation was used on its 500 square feet of double-pane glass. Total auxiliary heat required was 43 GJ (41 MBtu) gross and 26 GJ (25 MBtu) net, amounting, respectively, to 60 and 36 kJ/C/sup 0/-day-m/sup 2/ (2.9 and 1.8 Btu/F/sup 0/-day-ft/sup 2/). The heating season was unusually cloudy and included the cloudiest January in the 21 years of Ames insolation measurements. Results are also presented for the performance of the hollowcore floor which serves as the main storage mass and for the comfort range in the house.

  3. Hodges residence: performance of a direct gain passive solar home in Iowa

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Hodges, L.

    1980-01-01

    Results are presented for the performance of the Hodges Residence, a 2200-square-foot earth-sheltered direct gain passive solar home in Ames, Iowa, during the 1979-80 heating season, its first occupied season. No night insulation was used on its 500 square feet of double-pane glass. Total auxiliary heat required was 43 GJ (41 MBTU) gross and 26 GJ (25 MBTU) net, amounting, respectively, to 60 and 36 kJ/C/sup 0/-day-m/sup 2/ (2.9 and 1.8 BTU/F/sup 0/-day-ft/sup 2/). The heating season was unusually cloudy and included the cloudiest January in the 21 years of Ames insolation measurements. Results are also presented for the performance of the hollow-core floor which serves as the main storage mass and for the comfort range in the house.

  4. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: The Performance...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Home, Old Greenwich, Connecticut (Fact Sheet) The first Challenge Home built in New England features cool-roof shingles, HERS 20-42, and walls densely packed with blown fiberglass. ...

  5. Builders Challenge High Performance Builder Spotlight - Palm Harbor Homes - Bimini II, Plant City, FL

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2008-05-01

    Building America/Builders Challenge fact sheet on Palm Harbor Homes, an energy-efficient home builder in hot-humid climate using solar hot water, spray foam insulation, and SEER14 HVAC.

  6. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: The Performance House: A Cold Climate Challenge Home, Old Greenwich, Connecticut

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2013-11-01

    By working with builder partners on test homes, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energys Building America program can vet whole-house building strategies and avoid potential unintended consequences of implementing untested solution packages on a production scale. To support this research, Building America team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) partnered with Preferred Builders Inc. on a high-performance test home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The philosophy and science behind the 2,700 ft2 Performance House was based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, and adaptable to the needs of homeowners. The technologies and strategies used in the Performance House were best practices rather than cutting edge, with a focus on simplicity in construction, maintenance, and operation. Achieving 30% source energy savings compared with a home built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code in the cold climate zone requires that nearly all components and systems be optimized. Careful planning and design are critical. The end result was a DOE Challenge Home that achieved a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score of 20 (43 without photovoltaics [PV]).

  7. Builders Challenge High Performance Builder Spotlight: Tim O'Brien Homes, Waukesha, Wisconsin

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2009-12-22

    This Building America Builders Challenge home features efficiency upgrades of geothermal heat pump, PV, solar hot water, and added insulation.

  8. Builders Challenge High Performance Builder Spotlight - NextGen Home, Las Vegas, Nevada

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    None

    2009-01-01

    Building America Builders Challenge fact sheet on the NextGen demo home built in Las Vegas. The home has a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index score of 44 with R-40 spray foam attic insulation, R-40 insulated concrete walls, and a 4kW DC solar laminate

  9. Homes Weatherized by State March 2010 | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    March 2010 Homes Weatherized by State March 2010 Weatherization Assistance Program Homes Weatherized By State through 03312010 PDF icon HomesWeatherizedbyStateQ12010.pdf ...

  10. Austin's Home Performance with Energy Star Program: Making a Compelling Offer to a Financial Institution Partner

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    Zimring, Mark

    2011-03-18

    Launched in 2006, over 8,700 residential energy upgrades have been completed through Austin Energy's Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program. The program's lending partner, Velocity Credit Union (VCU) has originated almost 1,800 loans, totaling approximately $12.5 million. Residential energy efficiency loans are typically small, and expensive to originate and service relative to larger financing products. National lenders have been hesitant to deliver attractive loan products to this small, but growing, residential market. In response, energy efficiency programs have found ways to partner with local and regional banks, credit unions, community development finance institutions (CDFIs) and co-ops to deliver energy efficiency financing to homeowners. VCU's experience with the Austin Energy HPwES program highlights the potential benefits of energy efficiency programs to a lending partner.

  11. Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call: Combining Solar and Home Performance Services, Call Slides and Discussion Summary, December 11, 2014Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call: Combining Solar and Home Performance Services, Call Slides and Discussion Summary, December 11, 2014

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Combining Solar and Home Performance Services December 11th, 2014 Call Slides and Discussion Summary Agenda  Introductory Polls  Residential Network and Peer Exchange Call Overview  Polls on Solar and Home Performance Topics  Featured Speakers  Ria Langheim, Center for Sustainable Energy  Tim Harvey, Austin Energy  Discussion  What are the benefits of pursuing solar and home performance goals simultaneously? Disadvantages?  What are some examples of solar and home

  12. Performance Verification of Production-Scalable Energy-Efficient Solutions: Winchester/Camberley Homes Mixed-Humid Climate

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    Mallay, D.; Wiehagen, J.

    2014-07-01

    Winchester/Camberley Homes collaborated with the Building America team Partnership for Home Innovation to develop a new set of high performance home designs that could be applicable on a production scale. The new home designs are to be constructed in the mixed humid climate zone and could eventually apply to all of the builder's home designs to meet or exceed future energy codes or performance-based programs. However, the builder recognized that the combination of new wall framing designs and materials, higher levels of insulation in the wall cavity, and more detailed air sealing to achieve lower infiltration rates changes the moisture characteristics of the wall system. In order to ensure long term durability and repeatable successful implementation with few call-backs, the project team demonstrated through measured data that the wall system functions as a dynamic system, responding to changing interior and outdoor environmental conditions within recognized limits of the materials that make up the wall system. A similar investigation was made with respect to the complete redesign of the HVAC systems to significantly improve efficiency while maintaining indoor comfort. Recognizing the need to demonstrate the benefits of these efficiency features, the builder offered a new house model to serve as a test case to develop framing designs, evaluate material selections and installation requirements, changes to work scopes and contractor learning curves, as well as to compare theoretical performance characteristics with measured results.

  13. Assistance

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Department of Energy (DOE) assurance systems are designed to meet the needs and unique risks of each DOE site or activity, include methods to perform rigorous self-assessments, conduct feedback...

  14. Optimization of Ventilation Energy Demands and Indoor Air Quality in High-Performance Homes

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    Hun, Diana E; Jackson, Mark C; Shrestha, Som S

    2014-01-01

    High-performance homes require that ventilation energy demands and indoor air quality (IAQ) be simultaneously optimized. We attempted to bridge these two areas by conducting tests in a research house located in Oak Ridge, TN, that was 20 months old, energy-efficient (i.e., expected to consume 50% less energy than a house built per the 2006 IRC), tightly-built (i.e., natural ventilation rate ~0.02 h-1), unoccupied, and unfurnished. We identified air pollutants of concern in the test home that could generally serve as indicators of IAQ, and conduced field experiments and computer simulations to determine the effectiveness and energy required by various techniques that lessened the concentration of these contaminants. Formaldehyde was selected as the main pollutant of concern among the contaminants that were sampled in the initial survey because it was the only compound that showed concentrations that were greater than the recommended exposure levels. Field data indicate that concentrations were higher during the summer primarily because emissions from sources rise with increases in temperature. Furthermore, supply ventilation and gas-phase filtration were effective means to reduce formaldehyde concentrations; however, exhaust ventilation had minimal influence on this pollutant. Results from simulations suggest that formaldehyde concentrations obtained while ventilating per ASHRAE 62.2-2010 could be decreased by about 20% from May through September through three strategies: 1) increasing ASHRAE supply ventilation by a factor of two, 2) reducing the thermostat setpoint from 76 to 74 F, or 3) running a gas-phase filtration system while decreasing supply ventilation per ASHRAE by half. In the mixed-humid climate of Oak Ridge, these strategies caused increases in electricity cost of ~$5 to ~$15/month depending on outdoor conditions.

  15. Building America Top Innovations 2012: Community Scale High Performance with Solar - Pulte Homes

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    none,

    2013-01-01

    This Building America Top Innovations profile describes Pulte Homes of Tucson’s work with Building America to apply a suite of energy-efficiency measures integrated with passive solar design and solar water heating that reduced energy use more than 50% for a community of more than 1,000 homes.

  16. Reaching for Peak Performance in Existing Homes A Cold Climate Study With Synergy Construction

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    Gates, C.; Osser, R.

    2011-12-01

    Two test homes located in Millbury and Somerville, MA, are examined with the goal of providing case studies that could be applied to other similar New England homes. The retrofit process for the enclosure and mechanical systems are examined in detail and the decision-making process is discussed.

  17. Community-Scale High-Performance with Solar: Pulte Homes, Tucson, AZ- Building America Top Innovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This Building America Innovations profile describes Pulte Homes of Tucson’s work with Building America to apply a suite of energy-efficiency measures integrated with passive solar design and solar water heating that reduced energy use more than 50% for a community of more than 1,000 homes.

  18. Reaching for Peak Performance in Existing Homes -- A Cold Climate Study With Synergy Construction

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    Gates, C.; Osser, R.

    2011-12-01

    Two test homes located in Millbury and Somerville, MA are examined with the goal of providing case studies that could be applied to other similar New England homes. The retrofit process for the enclosure and mechanical systems are examined in detail and the decision-making process is discussed.

  19. Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 6: High-Performance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems

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    Baechler, Michael C.; Gilbride, Theresa L.; Ruiz, Kathleen A.; Steward, Heidi E.; Love, Pat M.

    2007-06-04

    This guide is was written by PNNL for the US Department of Energy's Building America program to provide information for residential production builders interested in building near zero energy homes. The guide provides indepth descriptions of various roof-top photovoltaic power generating systems for homes. The guide also provides extensive information on various designs of solar thermal water heating systems for homes. The guide also provides construction company owners and managers with an understanding of how solar technologies can be added to their homes in a way that is cost effective, practical, and marketable. Twelve case studies provide examples of production builders across the United States who are building energy-efficient homes with photovoltaic or solar water heating systems.

  20. Performance Verification of Production-Scalable Energy-Efficient Solutions: Winchester/Camberley Homes Mixed-Humid Climate

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    Mallay, D.; Wiehagen, J.

    2014-07-01

    Winchester/Camberley Homes with the Building America program and its NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership collaborated to develop a new set of high performance home designs that could be applicable on a production scale. The new home designs are to be constructed in the mixed humid climate zone four and could eventually apply to all of the builder's home designs to meet or exceed future energy codes or performance-based programs. However, the builder recognized that the combination of new wall framing designs and materials, higher levels of insulation in the wall cavity, and more detailed air sealing to achieve lower infiltration rates changes the moisture characteristics of the wall system. In order to ensure long term durability and repeatable successful implementation with few call-backs, this report demonstrates through measured data that the wall system functions as a dynamic system, responding to changing interior and outdoor environmental conditions within recognized limits of the materials that make up the wall system. A similar investigation was made with respect to the complete redesign of the heating, cooling, air distribution, and ventilation systems intended to optimize the equipment size and configuration to significantly improve efficiency while maintaining indoor comfort. Recognizing the need to demonstrate the benefits of these efficiency features, the builder offered a new house model to serve as a test case to develop framing designs, evaluate material selections and installation requirements, changes to work scopes and contractor learning curves, as well as to compare theoretical performance characteristics with measured results.

  1. Global Home Filesystem

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Global Home Global Home Filesystem Overview Global home directories (or "global homes") provide a convenient means for a user to have access to dotfiles, source files, input files, configuration files, etc., regardless of the platform the user is logged in to. Quotas, Performance, and Usage Default global home quotas are 40 GB and 1,000,000 inodes. Quota increases in global homes are approved only in extremely unusual circumstances; users are encouraged to use the various scratch,

  2. High Performance Homes That Use 50% Less Energy Than the DOE Building America Benchmark Building

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    Christian, J.

    2011-01-01

    This document describes lessons learned from designing, building, and monitoring five affordable, energy-efficient test houses in a single development in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service area. This work was done through a collaboration of Habitat for Humanity Loudon County, the US Department of Energy (DOE), TVA, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).The houses were designed by a team led by ORNL and were constructed by Habitat's volunteers in Lenoir City, Tennessee. ZEH5, a two-story house and the last of the five test houses to be built, provided an excellent model for conducting research on affordable high-performance houses. The impressively low energy bills for this house have generated considerable interest from builders and homeowners around the country who wanted a similar home design that could be adapted to different climates. Because a design developed without the project constraints of ZEH5 would have more appeal for the mass market, plans for two houses were developed from ZEH5: a one-story design (ZEH6) and a two-story design (ZEH7). This report focuses on ZEH6, identical to ZEH5 except that the geothermal heat pump is replaced with a SEER 16 air source unit (like that used in ZEH4). The report also contains plans for the ZEH6 house. ZEH5 and ZEH6 both use 50% less energy than the DOE Building America protocol for energyefficient buildings. ZEH5 is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2632 ft2 house with a home energy rating system (HERS) index of 43, which qualifies it for federal energy-efficiency incentives (a HERS rating of 0 is a zero-energy house, and a conventional new house would have a HERS rating of 100). This report is intended to help builders and homeowners build similar high-performance houses. Detailed specifications for the envelope and the equipment used in ZEH5 are compared with the Building America Benchmark building, and detailed drawings, specifications, and lessons learned in the construction and analysis of data gleaned from 94

  3. Community-Scale High-Performance with Solar: Pulte Homes, Tucson...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    a suite of energy-efficiency measures integrated with passive solar design and solar water heating that reduced energy use more than 50% for a community of more than 1,000 homes. ...

  4. HIA 2015 DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: High Performance...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    It's the way we want to build. DOE offers the credentials and a good name to back it up. Every home I build will be DOE Zero Energy Ready labeled." The production builder expects ...

  5. Evaluation of Early Performance Results for Massachusetts Homes in the National Grid Pilot Deep Energy Retrofit Program

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    Gates, C.; Neuhauser, K.

    2013-11-01

    This research project evaluates post-retrofit performance measurements, energy use data and construction costs for 13 projects that participated in the National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot program. The projects implemented a package of measures defined by performance targets for building enclosure components and building enclosure air tightness. Nearly all of the homes reached a post-retrofit air tightness result of 1.5 ACH 50. Homes that used the chainsaw retrofit technique along with roof insulation, and wall insulation applied to the exterior had the best air tightness results and the lowest heating and cooling source energy use. Analysis of measure costs and project objectives yielded a categorization of costs relative to energy performance objectives. On average about 1/2 of the energy-related measure costs correspond primarily to energy-related objectives, and 20% of energy-related measure costs relate primarily to non-energy objectives.

  6. Evaluation of Early Performance Results for Massachusetts Homes in the National Grid Pilot Deep Energy Retrofit Program

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Neuhauser, K.; Gates, C.

    2013-11-01

    This research project evaluates post-retrofit performance measurements, energy use data and construction costs for 13 projects that participated in the National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot program. The projects implemented a package of measures defined by performance targets for building enclosure components and building enclosure air tightness. Nearly all of the homes reached a post-retrofit air tightness result of 1.5 ACH 50. Homes that used the chainsaw retrofit technique along with roof insulation, and wall insulation applied to the exterior had the best air tightness results and the lowest heating and cooling source energy use. Analysis of measure costs and project objectives yielded a categorization of costs relative to energy performance objectives. On average about ½ of the energy-related measure costs correspond primarily to energy-related objectives, and 20% of energy-related measure costs relate primarily to non-energy objectives.

  7. Energy Department Updates Home Energy Scoring Tool for Advancing Residential Energy Performance

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    As part of the Energy Department's commitment to helping families across the U.S. save money by saving energy, the Department announced today its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Department's Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

  8. Preminary Performance Evaluation of a Near Zero Energy Home in Gainesville, Florida

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    Parker, Danny; Sherwin, John; Hoak, David; Chandra, Subrao; Martin, Eric

    2009-02-20

    This case study is a summary on a near zero energy home that was built in Gainesville, FL as a result of collaboration between the Florida Solar Enegery Center and the Florida H.E.R.O., an innovative developer and builder.

  9. DOE ZERH Case Study: High Performance Homes, Chamberlain Court #75, Gettysburg, PA

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2015-09-01

    Case study of a DOE 2015 Housing Innovation Award winning production home in the cold climate that got a HERS 37 without PV, or HERS 23 with PV, with R-24 SIP walls, Basement with R-10 under slab, and R-15 unfaced batt on walls, sealed attic with R-49 ocsf under roof deck; ground source heat pump COP 4.4.

  10. Measure Guideline: Selecting Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes

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    Aldrich, R.

    2014-02-01

    This document addresses adding -or improving - mechanical ventilation systems to existing homes. The purpose of ventilation is to remove contaminants from homes, and this report discusses where, when, and how much ventilation is appropriate in a home, including some discussion of relevant codes and standards. Advantages, disadvantages, and approximate costs of various system types are presented along with general guidelines for implementing the systems in homes. CARB intends for this document to be useful to decision makers and contractors implementing ventilation systems in homes. Choosing the "best" system is not always straightforward; selecting a system involves balancing performance, efficiency, cost, required maintenance, and several other factors. It is the intent of this document to assist contractors in making more informed decisions when selecting systems. Ventilation is an integral part of a high-performance home. With more air-sealed envelopes, a mechanical means of removing contaminants is critical for indoor environmental quality and building durability.

  11. Enhancing the Performance of Assisted Execution Runtime Systems through Hardware/Software Techniques

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    Kestor, Gokcen; Gioiosa, Roberto; Unsal, Osman; Cristal, Adrian; Valero, Mateo

    2012-06-01

    To meet the expected performance, future exascale systems will require programmers to increase the level of parallelism of their applications. Novel programming models simplify parallel programming at the cost of increasing runtime overheard. Assisted execution models have the potential of reducing this overhead but they generally also reduce processor utilization. We propose an integrated hardware/software solution that automatically partition hardware resources between application and auxiliary threads. Each system level performs well-defined tasks efficiently: 1) the runtime system is enriched with a mechanism that automatically detects computing power requirements of running threads and drives the hardware actuators; 2) the hardware enforces dynamic resource partitioning; 3) the operating system provides an efficient interface between the runtime system and the hardware resource allocation mechanism. As a test case, we apply this adaptive approach to STM2, an software transactional memory system that implements the assisted execution model. We evaluate the proposed adaptive solution on an IBMPOWER7 system using Eigenbench and STAMP benchmark suite. Results show that our approach performs equal or better than the original STM2 and achieves up to 65% and 86% performance improvement for Eigenbench and STAMP applications, respectively.

  12. Critical Question #4: What are the Best Off-the-Shelf HVAC Solutions for Low-Load, High-Performance Homes and Apartments?

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    What is currently in the market? What are the limitations of these systems? What are the desired specifications for these systems? What are the realistic space conditioning loads of these high-performance homes and apartments?

  13. New Homes Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Most incentives are based on a home's Energy Performance Score (EPS), a measurement tool that assesses a home's energy consumption, estimated utility costs and carbon impact. The EPS allows...

  14. Monitored performance of new, low-energy homes: updated results from the BECA-A data base

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    Busch, J.F.; Meier, A.K.

    1986-03-01

    We compiled and analyzed energy consumption data, construction details, and operating characteristics for over three hundred new, low-energy homes. Over two thirds of the buildings incorporated solar features. A sequence of standardization procedures were developed to compare the energy performance of the buildings. The procedures adjusted the reported heating energy consumption for variations in the climate, floor area, internal gains, and reported indoor temperature. Two indicators of thermal performance were developed, the balance temperature and a k-value, which roughly corresponds to the overall UA of the building but also includes the ability of the house to exploit solar gains and thermal mass. The buildings in the data base have an average balance temperature of 12/sup 0/C and a k-value of 114 W//sup 0/C. Earth-sheltered buildings perform best, but only slightly better than passive solar and superinsulated buildings.

  15. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester Homes and

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Camberley Homes | Department of Energy Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester Homes and Camberley Homes Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester Homes and Camberley Homes In this project, Winchester/Camberley Homes worked with Partnership for Home Innovation team to develop and test a new set of high performance homes designs and techniques that could be applied on a production scale, including advanced framing and materials and innovative work scopes. The

  16. Home Energy Score Report | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Report Home Energy Score Report The Home Energy Score is similar to a vehicle's miles-per-gallon rating. The Home Energy Score allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency. The process starts with a Home Energy Score Assessor collecting energy information during a brief home walk-through. Using the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Lawrence Berkeley

  17. Zero Energy Ready Home | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Residential Buildings Zero Energy Ready Home Zero Energy Ready Home A DOE Zero Energy Ready Home is a high performance home which is so energy efficient, that a renewable energy ...

  18. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    for Home Innovation team to develop and test a new set of high performance homes ... The test home compared theoretical performance characteristics with measured results. ...

  19. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Northwest...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    High-Performance Test Homes Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes This project ...

  20. NREL: Technology Deployment - Electric Utility Assistance and...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Integration Newsletter Printable Version Technology Deployment Home Project Development Project Technical Assistance Disaster Resilience Federal Agencies International ...

  1. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida | Department of Energy Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida Tommy Williams Homes worked with PNNL, Florida HERO, Energy Smart Home Plans, and Florida Solar Energy Center to design and test two zero energy homes.

  2. Affordable High-Performance Homes: The 2002 NREL Denver Habitat for Humanity House, A Cold-Climate Case Study

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2005-04-01

    Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the U.S. are taking the lead on an integrated systems-design approach to building homes that are more efficient, more comfortable, more affordable, and more durable than homes built with standard practices.

  3. Cost, Design, and Performance of Solar Hot Water in Cold-Climate Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2006-05-03

    This paper examines long-term performance of two solar hot water heating systems in the northern climate zone.

  4. Performance analysis of solar-assisted chemical heat-pump dryer

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    Fadhel, M.I.; Sopian, K.; Daud, W.R.W.

    2010-11-15

    A solar-assisted chemical heat-pump dryer has been designed, fabricated and tested. The performance of the system has been studied under the meteorological conditions of Malaysia. The system consists of four main components: solar collector (evacuated tubes type), storage tank, solid-gas chemical heat pump unit and dryer chamber. A solid-gas chemical heat pump unit consists of reactor, condenser and evaporator. The reaction used in this study (CaCl2-NH{sub 3}). A simulation has been developed, and the predicted results are compared with those obtained from experiments. The maximum efficiency for evacuated tubes solar collector of 80% has been predicted against the maximum experiment of 74%. The maximum values of solar fraction from the simulation and experiment are 0.795 and 0.713, respectively, whereas the coefficient of performance of chemical heat pump (COP{sup h}) maximum values 2.2 and 2 are obtained from simulation and experiments, respectively. The results show that any reduction of energy at condenser as a result of the decrease in solar radiation will decrease the coefficient of performance of chemical heat pump as well as decrease the efficiency of drying. (author)

  5. Weatherization assistance for low-income households: An evaluation of local program performance

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    Schweitzer, M.; Rayner, S.; Wolfe, A.K.; Mason, T.W.; Ragins, B.R.; Cartor, R.A.

    1987-08-01

    The US Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds local agencies to provide weatherization services to low-income households. This report describes the most salient features of this program, examines relationships between organization and program outcomes, and presents recommendations for the program's further development. Data were collected by written surveys administered to local weatherization agencies, a telephone survey of 38 states and eight DOE support offices, and site visits to selected local agencies. Locally controlled factors found to be significantly related to program performance include the amount of the weatherization director's time spent on program administration, the use of established client selection criteria, the frequency of evaluation of local goal attainment, and the type of weatherization crews used. Factors controlled at the state or federal levels that influence program performance include delays in state reimbursements of local agency expenditures and local flexibility in the choice of weatherization measures. Data-gathering difficulties experienced during this project indicate a need for possible improvements in goal-setting and record-keeping procedures.

  6. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester Homes and

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Camberly Homes - Silver Spring, Maryland (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester Homes and Camberly Homes - Silver Spring, Maryland (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester Homes and Camberly Homes - Silver Spring, Maryland (Fact Sheet) The Partnership for Home Innovation team worked with the builder to develop a new set of high performance home designs-including advanced wall and HVAC

  7. Baltimore County- Property Tax Credit for High Performance Buildings and Homes

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    The state of Maryland permits local governments (Md Code: Property Tax § 9-242) to offer property tax credits for high performance buildings if they choose to do so. Baltimore County exercised this...

  8. 200,000 homes weatherized under the Recovery Act

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Today Vice President Biden announced that the Weatherization Assistance Program has weatherized 200,000 homes under the Recovery Act.

  9. WPN 93-5: Recommended Installation Standards for Mobile Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    To provide technical assistance to the states on recommended installation techniques for weatherization materials installed on mobile homes.

  10. Home Energy Score

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Lead Performers: U.S. Department of Energy – Washington, D.C. Partners: http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/home-energy-score-partners

  11. Evaluation of a High-Performance Solar Home in Loveland, Colorado

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    Hendron, R.; Eastment, M.; Hancock, E.; Barker, G.; Reeves, P.

    2006-01-01

    Building America (BA) partner McStain Neighborhoods built the Discovery House in Loveland, Colorado, with an extensive package of energy-efficient features, including a high-performance envelope, efficient mechanical systems, a solar water heater integrated with the space-heating system, a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV), and ENERGY STAR? appliances. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Building Science Consortium (BSC) conducted short-term field-testing and building energy simulations to evaluate the performance of the house. These evaluations are utilized by BA to improve future prototype designs and to identify critical research needs. The Discovery House building envelope and ducts were very tight under normal operating conditions. The HRV provided fresh air at a rate of about 75 cfm (35 l/s), consistent with the recommendations of ASHRAE Standard 62.2. The solar hot water system is expected to meet the bulk of the domestic hot water (DHW) load (>83%), but only about 12% of the space-heating load. DOE-2.2 simulations predict whole-house source energy savings of 54% compared to the BA Benchmark [1]. The largest contributors to energy savings beyond McStain's standard practice are the solar water heater, HRV, improved air distribution, high-efficiency boiler, and compact fluorescent lighting package.

  12. Evaluation of a High-Performance Solar Home in Loveland, Colorado: Preprint

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    Hendron, R.; Eastment, M.; Hancock, E.; Barker, G.; Reeves, P.

    2006-08-01

    Building America (BA) partner McStain Neighborhoods built the Discovery House in Loveland, Colorado, with an extensive package of energy-efficient features, including a high-performance envelope, efficient mechanical systems, a solar water heater integrated with the space-heating system, a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV), and ENERGY STAR appliances. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Building Science Consortium (BSC) conducted short-term field-testing and building energy simulations to evaluate the performance of the house. These evaluations are utilized by BA to improve future prototype designs and to identify critical research needs. The Discovery House building envelope and ducts were very tight under normal operating conditions. The HRV provided fresh air at a rate of about 35 l/s (75 cfm), consistent with the recommendations of ASHRAE Standard 62.2. The solar hot water system is expected to meet the bulk of the domestic hot water (DHW) load (>83%), but only about 12% of the space-heating load. DOE-2.2 simulations predict whole-house source energy savings of 54% compared to the BA Benchmark. The largest contributors to energy savings beyond McStain's standard practice are the solar water heater, HRV, improved air distribution, high-efficiency boiler, and compact fluorescent lighting package.

  13. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    More Documents & Publications Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida ...

  14. The Future is Here - Smart Home Technology | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    The Future is Here - Smart Home Technology, call ... A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service Offerings (301) Einstein and Energy Efficiency: Making Homes ...

  15. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Coral, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building ...

  16. Rocky Mountain Power - New Homes Program | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Type Rebate Program Rebate Amount New Construction Whole Home Options Home Performance ENERGY STAR Version 3 Certified Home: 500 (Single Family); 200 (Multifamily) ENERGY STAR...

  17. Building America Case Study: Selecting Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2014-12-01

    This document addresses adding -or improving - mechanical ventilation systems to existing homes. The purpose of ventilation is to remove contaminants from homes, and this report discusses where, when, and how much ventilation is appropriate in a home, including some discussion of relevant codes and standards. Advantages, disadvantages, and approximate costs of various system types are presented along with general guidelines for implementing the systems in homes. CARB intends for this document to be useful to decision makers and contractors implementing ventilation systems in homes. Choosing the "best" system is not always straightforward; selecting a system involves balancing performance, efficiency, cost, required maintenance, and several other factors. It is the intent of this document to assist contractors in making more informed decisions when selecting systems. Ventilation is an integral part of a high-performance home. With more air-sealed envelopes, a mechanical means of removing contaminants is critical for indoor environmental quality and building durability.

  18. Manufactured Home Energy Audit (MHEA)Users Manual (Version 7)

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    Gettings, M.B.

    2003-01-27

    each of these measures is evaluated separately in order to devise a package of measures that will result in high energy and dollar savings. MHEA stands apart from other building energy analysis tools in many ways. Calculations incorporated into the computer code specifically address manufactured home heating and cooling load trends. The retrofit measures evaluated by MHEA are all applicable to manufactured homes. Help messages describe common manufactured home weatherization practices as well as provide hints on how to install retrofit measures. These and other features help make MHEA easy to use when evaluating energy consumption and the effects of weatherization retrofit measures for manufactured homes. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory originally developed MHEA for the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program. Conversion to a Windows-based program with additional modifications has been performed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Many energy consumption and economic calculations resemble those found in the Computerized Instrumented Residential Audit written by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Energy Audit written by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The calculations are similar in structure but have been altered to more accurately represent a manufactured home's unique energy use characteristics. Most importantly, MHEA helps meet the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program goals to increase client comfort and use federal dollars wisely.

  19. CAES Home

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    CAES Home Home About Us Contact Information Our CAES Building FAQs Affiliated Centers Research Core Capabilities Laboratories and Equipment Technology Transfer Visualization CAVE...

  20. CAES Home

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    View all events >> x CAES Home Home About Us Contact Information Our CAES Building FAQs Affiliated Centers Research Core Capabilities Laboratories and Equipment Technology Transfer...

  1. CAES Home

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    User ID: Password: Log In Forgot your password? CAES Home Home About Us Contact Information Our CAES Building FAQs Affiliated Centers Research Core Capabilities Laboratories and...

  2. Pilot Implementation of a Field Study Design to Evaluate the Impact of Source Control Measures on Indoor Air Quality in High Performance Homes

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    Widder, Sarah H.; Chamness, Michele A.; Petersen, Joseph M.; Singer, Brett C.; Maddalena, Randy L.; Destaillats, Hugo

    2014-10-20

    To improve the indoor air quality in new, high performance homes, a variety of standards and rating programs have been introduced to identify building materials that are designed to have lower emission rates of key contaminants of concern and a number of building materials are being introduced that are certified to these standards. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home program requires certification under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indoor airPLUS (IaP) label, which requires the use of PS1 or PS2 certified plywood and OSB; low-formaldehyde emitting wood products; low- or no-VOC paints and coatings as certified by Green Seal Standard GS-11, GreenGuard, SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Standard, MPI Green Performance Standard, or another third party rating program; and Green Label-certified carpet and carpet cushions. However, little is known regarding the efficacy of the IAP requirements in measurably reducing contaminant exposures in homes. The goal of this project is to develop a robust experimental approach and collect preliminary data to support the evaluation of indoor air quality (IAQ) measures linked to IAP-approved low-emitting materials and finishes in new residential homes. To this end, the research team of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) developed a detailed experimental plan to measure IAQ constituents and other parameters, over time, in new homes constructed with materials compliant with IAP’s low-emitting material and ventilation requirements (i.e., section 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, and 7.2) and similar homes constructed to the state building code with conventional materials. The IAQ in IAP and conventional homes of similar age, location, and construction style is quantified as the differences in the speciated VOC and aldehyde concentrations, normalized to dilution rates. The experimental plan consists of methods to evaluate the difference between low

  3. Research Toward Zero Energy Homes

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    Robert Hammon

    2010-12-31

    This final report was compiled from the detailed annual reports that were submitted for efforts in 2008 and 2009, and from individual task reports from 2010. Reports, case studies, and presentations derived from this work are available through the Building America website. The BIRA team is led by ConSol, a leading provider of energy solutions for builders since 1983. In partnership with over fifty builders, developers, architects, manufactures, researchers, utilities, and agencies, research work was performed in California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii and five (5) climate regions (Hot-Dry, Marine, Hot-Humid, Cold, and Hot/Mixed Dry). In addition to research work, the team provided technical assistance to our partners whose interests span the entire building process. During the three year budget period, the BIRA team performed analyses of several emerging technologies, prototype homes, and high performance communities through detailed computer simulations and extensive field monitoring to meet the required climate joule milestone targets.

  4. High-Performance with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier Homes Rancho Cordoba, CA- Building America Top Innovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This Building America Innovations profile describes Building America solar home research that has demonstrated the ability to reduce peak demand by 75%. Numerous field studies have monitored power production and system effectiveness.

  5. LEDSGP/DIA-Toolkit/Request Assistance | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Impacts Assessment Toolkit Home Tools Request Assistance Remote Expert Assistance on LEDS The Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership provides timely,...

  6. NREL: Computational Science Home Page

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    high-performance computing, computational science, applied mathematics, scientific data management, visualization, and informatics. NREL is home to the largest high performance...

  7. Measure Guideline: Selecting Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes

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    Aldrich, R.

    2014-02-01

    This report, developed by Building America research team CARB, addresses adding or improving mechanical ventilation systems to existing homes. The goal of this report is to assist decision makers and contractors in making informed decisions when selecting ventilation systems for homes. With more air-sealed envelopes, a mechanical means of removing contaminants is critical for indoor environmental quality and building durability. The purpose of ventilation is to remove contaminants from homes, and this report discusses where, when, and how much ventilation is appropriate in a home, including examination of relevant codes and standards. Choosing the "best" system is not always straightforward; selecting a system involves balancing performance, efficiency, cost, required maintenance, and several other factors.

  8. Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Homes: Lifestyle Homes, Melbourne, Florida | Department of Energy Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Lifestyle Homes, Melbourne, Florida Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Lifestyle Homes, Melbourne, Florida Building America research has shown that high performance homes can potentially give builders an edge in the marketplace and can boost sales. But it doesn't happen automatically. It requires a tailored, easy to

  9. Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida | Department of Energy Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building America research has shown that high-performance homes can potentially give builders an edge in the marketplace and can boost sales, but it doesn't happen

  10. Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity Based on Illinois Home Performance Program Field Data: Homeowner Selected Upgrades Versus Cost-Optimized Solutions

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    Yee, S.; Milby, M.; Baker, J.

    2014-06-01

    Expanding on previous research by PARR, this study compares measure packages installed during 800 Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR(R) (IHP) residential retrofits to those recommended as cost-optimal by Building Energy Optimization (BEopt) modeling software. In previous research, cost-optimal measure packages were identified for fifteen Chicagoland single family housing archetypes, called housing groups. In the present study, 800 IHP homes are first matched to one of these fifteen housing groups, and then the average measures being installed in each housing group are modeled using BEopt to estimate energy savings. For most housing groups, the differences between recommended and installed measure packages is substantial. By comparing actual IHP retrofit measures to BEopt-recommended cost-optimal measures, missed savings opportunities are identified in some housing groups; also, valuable information is obtained regarding housing groups where IHP achieves greater savings than BEopt-modeled, cost-optimal recommendations. Additionally, a measure-level sensitivity analysis conducted for one housing group reveals which measures may be contributing the most to gas and electric savings. Overall, the study finds not only that for some housing groups, the average IHP retrofit results in more energy savings than would result from cost-optimal, BEopt recommended measure packages, but also that linking home categorization to standardized retrofit measure packages provides an opportunity to streamline the process for single family home energy retrofits and maximize both energy savings and cost-effectiveness.