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  1. 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....

  2. 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...

  3. 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. PDF icon The

  4. 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 ÂŤWhat are the best HVAC solutions for low-load, high performance homes?"

  5. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Performance of a

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

    Hot-Dry Climate Whole-House Retrofit, Stockton, California (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Performance of a Hot-Dry Climate Whole-House Retrofit, Stockton, California (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Performance of a Hot-Dry Climate Whole-House Retrofit, Stockton, California (Fact Sheet) The Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI) team conducted a deep retrofit project within Stockton's Large-Scale Retrofit Program that expanded on the

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

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

    Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates | Department of Energy 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 Building Innovation worked with Pacific Gas & Electric Company to implement various high-performance duct strategies, including ducts located fully within conditioned space, ducts in sealed attics, and a "high-performance attic" that adds insulation to the roof

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

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

    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 ...

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

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

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

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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 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]).

  16. 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

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

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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.

  18. 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. ...

  19. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Technology Solutions for New Manufactured Homes - Washington, Oregon, and Idaho | Department of Energy Technology Solutions for New Manufactured Homes - Washington, Oregon, and Idaho Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Technology Solutions for New Manufactured Homes - Washington, Oregon, and Idaho The goal of this project was to prototype and assess the performance of cost-effective high performance building assemblies and mechanical systems that are not

  20. Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing...

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

    Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Lifestyle Homes, Melbourne, Florida Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: ...

  1. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Controls Improve Performance of Combination Space- and Water-Heating Systems Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Advanced Controls Improve Performance ...

  2. 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.

  3. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Tindall Homes, Columbus...

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

    Building and Construction Solutions) to build 20 luxury homes in northern New Jersey ... testing showed a HERS score of 58. To build a higher-performance home, Tindall focused ...

  4. Home Energy Solutions for Existing Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The first step to participate in this program is to evaluate a home's energy use by using Energy Trust's online Home Energy Profile Tool or by calling 1-866-368-7878. Homeowners may also opt for a...

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

    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). 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.

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

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

    Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Meeting DOE Challenge Homes Program Certification Three production home builders-K. Hovnanian Homes, David Weekley Homes, and ...

  7. Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing...

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

    for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: ...

  8. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Southern Energy...

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

    Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Southern Energy Homes, First DOE Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Southern Energy ...

  9. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Evaluation of the Performance of Houses With and Without Supplemental Dehumidification in a Hot-Humid Climate, New...

  10. Building America Technlogy Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Improving the Field Performance of Natural Gas Furnaces, Chicago, Illinois (Fact Sheet) Building America Technlogy Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Improving the Field ...

  11. Technology Solutions for Existing Homes Overview: Quantifying...

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

    Benefits of Multifamily Retrofits Technology Solutions for Existing Homes Overview: ... Building America Webinar: Saving Energy in Multifamily Buildings Information Technology ...

  12. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications (Fact Sheet) In this project, researchers from the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings team worked with

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  14. Advanced Technical Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes | Department of

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

    Energy Technical Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes Advanced Technical Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes Lead Performer: U.S. Department of Energy - Washington, D.C. Project Term: Current Funding Type: Direct Funding Program Webpage: http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home PROJECT OBJECTIVE This project focuses on identifying, developing, and demonstrating technology packages that overcome market barriers to homes that provide cost-effective, optimized thermal comfort

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

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

    DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: High Performance Homes, Chamberlain Court 75, Gettysburg, PA DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Sunroc Builders, Bates Avenue, Lakeland, ...

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  17. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Artistic...

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

    Artistic Homes, Albuquerque, New Mexico Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Artistic Homes, Albuquerque, New Mexico Case study of Artistic Homes who worked with ...

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

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

    and Camberly Homes - Silver Spring, Maryland (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester Homes and Camberly Homes - Silver Spring, Maryland ...

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

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

    Quadrant Homes, Kent, Washington Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Quadrant Homes, Kent, Washington Case study of Quadrant Homes, who worked with Building ...

  20. 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.

  1. Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Rehabilitations...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Rehabilitations of USDA Multifamily Homes Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Rehabilitations of USDA Multifamily ...

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

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

    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 ...

  3. Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: BrightBuilt Home...

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

    Homes: Singer Village - A Cold Climate Zero Energy Ready Home, Derby, Connecticut Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: BrightBuilt Home, Modular Zero Energy DOE Zero ...

  4. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Meeting DOE Challenge

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

    Homes Program Certification | Department of Energy Meeting DOE Challenge Homes Program Certification Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Meeting DOE Challenge Homes Program Certification Three production home builders-K. Hovnanian Homes, David Weekley Homes, and Transformations, Inc.-partnered with Building America team Building Science Corporation to evaluate the certification of five test homes to the new DOE Challenge Home program performance standard (now DOE Zero

  5. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

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

    or other related services 48 Home Performance with ... delivery models that support expanded participation in ... HPwES Leverage of DOE Residential Ecosystem * Better ...

  6. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Air-to-Water Heat Pumps with Radiant Delivery in Low Load Homes (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Air-to-Water Heat Pumps with Radiant Delivery in Low Load Homes (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Air-to-Water Heat Pumps with Radiant Delivery in Low Load Homes (Fact Sheet) Researchers from Alliance for Residential Building Initiative worked with two test homes in hot-dry climates to evaluate the in-situ performance of air-to-water heat pump

  7. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Home: Retrofitting...

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

    Insight Homes, Seaford, Delaware Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Innovative Retrofit Foundation Insulation Strategies, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Insight...

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

    Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Insight Homes, Seaford, Delaware Case study of Insight Homes, who worked with the Building America research partner IBACOS to ...

  9. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Greenbelt...

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

    Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Pilot Retrofit Project - Greenbelt, Maryland Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Pilot Retrofit Project - ...

  10. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nexus EnergyHome...

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

    Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nexus EnergyHomes - Frederick, Maryland Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nexus EnergyHomes - Frederick, ...

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity Based on Illinois Home Performance Program Field Data: Homeowner Selected Upgrades vs. Cost-Optimized Solutions, Chicago, Illinois

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This case study presents information about a Building America study conducted by the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit team comparing measure packages installed during 800 Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® residential retrofits to those recommended as cost-optimal by Building Energy Optimization (BEopt) modeling software.

  12. Affordable High Performance in Production Homes: Artistic Homes,

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

    Albuquerque, NM - Building America Top Innovation | Department of Energy Affordable High Performance in Production Homes: Artistic Homes, Albuquerque, NM - Building America Top Innovation Affordable High Performance in Production Homes: Artistic Homes, Albuquerque, NM - Building America Top Innovation Photo of a home in New Mexico. Many builders remain resistant to adopting high-performance innovations based on misconceptions about high cost and design challenges. Thus, Building America

  13. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Source: Calcs-Plus) Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: ... be available in 2012 Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: ...

  14. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

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

    Retrofit of 1915 Home, Dayton, Washington Building America Efficient Solutions for ... Syracuse, New York Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: ...

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

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage Buildings, Inc. ...ww.buildingamerica.gov Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: ...

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

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Savannah Gardens Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Savannah Gardens The Savannah Housing Department is ...

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

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES OFFICE Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case ... Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity, Palm ...

  18. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes: Phase 2, Southeastern United States...

  19. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Columbia County...

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

    Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Passive Townhomes Technology Solutions for New Homes ... Townhomes More Documents & Publications Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: ...

  20. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes: Phase 2, Southeastern United States Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: ...

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

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

    Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida | Department of Energy Ravenwood Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Ravenwood Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida PNNL, Florida HERO, and Energy Smart Home Plans helped Ravenwood Homes achieve a HERS 15 with PV or HERS 65 without PV on a home in Florida with SEER 16 AC, concrete block and rigid foam walls,

  2. Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity Based on Illinois Home Performance Program Field Data: Homeowner Selected Upgrades vs. Cost-Optimized Solutions, Chicago, Illinois (Fact Sheet), Building America Case Study: Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes, Building Technologies Office (BTO)

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

    Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity Based on Illinois Home Performance Program Field Data: Homeowner Selected Upgrades vs. Cost-Optimized Solutions Chicago, Illinois PROJECT INFORMATION Construction: Retrofit Type: Single-family homes Building Component: Envelope Location: Chicago, IL Technical Support Partner: Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit, www.gastechnology.org/PARR Year Tested: 2013 Climate Zone: Zone 5 (cold) PROJECT HOUSING GROUPS The table below depicts the

  3. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Southern Energy Homes, First

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

    DOE Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home | Department of Energy Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Southern Energy Homes, First DOE Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Southern Energy Homes, First DOE Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home The country's first Zero Energy Ready manufactured home that is certified by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is up and running in Russellville, Alabama. PDF icon Southern Energy Homes, First DOE

  4. 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 - ...

  5. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Imagine...

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

    Imagine Homes, San Antonio, Texas Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Imagine Homes, San Antonio, Texas Case study of Imagine Homes, who worked with the Building ...

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

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

    Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes | Department of Energy Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes This project represents the third phase of a multi-year effort to develop and bring to market a High-Performance Manufactured Home. In this project, the Northwest Energy Efficient

  7. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Deep

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

    Energy Retrofit of 1910 House, Portland, Oregon | Department of Energy Deep Energy Retrofit of 1910 House, Portland, Oregon Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Deep Energy Retrofit of 1910 House, Portland, Oregon This case study lists project information, cost and energy efficiency performance data, energy efficiency measures and lessons learned for a 100-year-old home in Portland, Oregon, audited by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for a deep energy

  8. Building America Technology Solutions for Existing Homes: Initial and

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

    Long-Term Cladding Over Exterior Insulation | Department of Energy Existing Homes: Initial and Long-Term Cladding Over Exterior Insulation Building America Technology Solutions for Existing Homes: Initial and Long-Term Cladding Over Exterior Insulation This research conducted by Building Science Corporation evaluated the system mechanics and long-term performance of the use of wood furring strips attached through the insulation back to the structure to provide a convenient cladding

  9. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Project Overcoat: Airtightness Strategies and Impacts for 1 12-Story Homes, Minneapolis, Minnesota Exterior Rigid ...

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

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

    PDF icon Case Study: Heritage Buildings, Inc. and Energy Smart Home Plans - Leland, North Carolina More Documents & Publications Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes ...

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Homes: Cascade Apartments - Deep Energy Multifamily Retrofit (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade Apartments - Deep Energy Multifamily...

  12. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Schneider...

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

    PDF icon Schneider Homes, Inc.: Village at Miller Creek - Burien, WA More Documents & Publications Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tom Walsh & Co., Portland, ...

  13. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Application of ... Homes: Moisture Management of High-R Walls Building America Best ...

  14. Buildng America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: William...

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    More Documents & Publications Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building America Best Practices Series Volume 15: 40% ...

  15. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Exterior...

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    foam insulation, and a control house that follows Home ... Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Stand-off Furring in Deep Energy Retrofits Traditional air distribution system. ...

  16. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Applying...

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    Retrofits in Florida Homes - Central and South Florida (Fact Sheet) Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes: Case Study: Build San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas...

  17. Building America Technology Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy...

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    Building America Technology Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy Ready Home and the Challenge of Hot Water on Demand Production builders in the Stapleton community of Denver, ...

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

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    Cold Climates DOE Zero Energy Ready Home: Durable Energy Builders, Houston, Texas Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nelson Construction, Farmington, Connecticut

  19. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Applying...

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    Homes: Applying Best Practices to Florida Local Government Retrofit Programs - Central Florida (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: ...

  20. 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?

  1. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Indirect Solar...

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

    Indirect Solar Water Heating Systems in Single-Family Homes Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Indirect Solar Water Heating Systems in Single-Family Homes In 2011, ...

  2. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Treasure...

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    Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Treasure Homes, Sacramento, California Case study of Treasure Homes, who worked with SMUD, DOE, NREL, and ConSol to build ...

  3. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Delivery in Low Load Homes (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Air-to-Water Heat Pumps with Radiant Delivery in Low Load Homes (Fact ...

  4. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications (Fact Sheet)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In this project, researchers from the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings team worked with industry partners to develop hydronic system designs that would address performance issues and result in higher overall system efficiencies and improved response times.

  5. High Performance Builder Spotlight: Imagine Homes

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    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.

  6. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Imagine Homes, San

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

    Antonio, Texas | Department of Energy Imagine Homes, San Antonio, Texas Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Imagine Homes, San Antonio, Texas Case study of Imagine Homes, who worked with the Building America research partner IBACOS to build HERS-52 homes with spray foam-insulated attics and central fan-integrated supply ventilation. PDF icon Imagine Homes: Stillwater Ranch - San Antonio, TX More Documents & Publications Building America Whole-House Solutions for New

  7. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nexus EnergyHomes -

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    Frederick, Maryland | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nexus EnergyHomes - Frederick, Maryland Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nexus EnergyHomes - Frederick, Maryland This new duplex home successfully combines affordability with state-of-the-art efficiency and indoor environmental quality, achieving the highest rating possible under the National Green Building Standard PDF icon Nexus EnergyHomes - Frederick, Maryland More

  8. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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    Evaluation of the Performance of Houses With and Without Supplemental Dehumidification in a Hot-Humid Climate, New Orleans, Louisiana | Department of Energy the Performance of Houses With and Without Supplemental Dehumidification in a Hot-Humid Climate, New Orleans, Louisiana Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Evaluation of the Performance of Houses With and Without Supplemental Dehumidification in a Hot-Humid Climate, New Orleans, Louisiana In this project,

  9. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Hygrothermal Performance of a Double-Stud Cellulose Wall, Devens, Massachusetts | Department of Energy Hygrothermal Performance of a Double-Stud Cellulose Wall, Devens, Massachusetts Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Hygrothermal Performance of a Double-Stud Cellulose Wall, Devens, Massachusetts In this project, the Building America research team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings monitored a double-stud assembly in climate zone 5A to determine the

  10. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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    Performance of a Heat Pump Water Heater in the Hot-Humid Climate, Windermere, Florida (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Performance of a Heat Pump Water Heater in the Hot-Humid Climate, Windermere, Florida (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Performance of a Heat Pump Water Heater in the Hot-Humid Climate, Windermere, Florida (Fact Sheet) For a 6-month period, the Building America team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings monitored the

  11. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Advanced

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    Controls Improve Performance of Combination Space- and Water-Heating Systems | Department of Energy Controls Improve Performance of Combination Space- and Water-Heating Systems Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Advanced Controls Improve Performance of Combination Space- and Water-Heating Systems In this project, NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team demonstrated improved controls have the potential to reduce complexity of combination systems and boost

  12. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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    Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications, Ithaca, New York (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications, Ithaca, New York (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications, Ithaca, New York (Fact Sheet) In this project, researchers from Building America team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings worked with

  13. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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    Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes: Phase 2, Southeastern United States | Department of Energy Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes: Phase 2, Southeastern United States Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes: Phase 2, Southeastern United States In this project, the Building America Partnership for Improved Residential

  14. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

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    BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES OFFICE Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case ... Switching to an efficient heat pump with zonal controls was the best solution to save ...

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

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    For example, the BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES OFFICE Building America Efficient Solutions for New ...ww.buildingamerica.gov Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: ...

  16. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:Hydronic Systems Designing for Setback Operations Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing...

  17. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade...

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    Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade Apartments - Deep Energy Multifamily Retrofit (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing...

  18. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Combustion Safety Using Appliances for Indoor Air (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and...

  19. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Low-Load Space-Conditioning Needs Assessment, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Building America Technology Solutions for...

  20. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Multifamily Zero...

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    More Documents & Publications Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Passive Townhomes Building America Whole-House Solutions for New ...

  1. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade...

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    Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade Apartments - Deep Energy Multifamily Retrofit (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing ...

  2. Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Lifestyle Homes, Melbourne, Florida

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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 understand marketing campaign, and sometimes a little flair. This case study highlights LifeStyle Homes’ successful marketing approach for their SunSmart home package.

  3. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage

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    Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina | Department of Energy Heritage Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina PNNL worked with North Carolina Heritage Buildings and Energy Smart Home Plans to design zero-energy ready homes that score under HERS 60 for less than 2% added cost over code

  4. 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...

  5. The Performance House - A Cold Climate Challenge Home

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    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.

  6. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Quadrant Homes, Kent,

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

    Washington | Department of Energy Quadrant Homes, Kent, Washington Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Quadrant Homes, Kent, Washington Case study of Quadrant Homes, who worked with Building America partner WSU Energy Extension to design HERS-65 homes with ducts in conditioned space; 2x6 factory-built walls; and systems-engineered streamlined construction. PDF icon Quadrant Homes: Kentlake Highlands - Kent, WA More Documents & Publications Building America Whole-House

  7. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Treasure Homes,

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

    Sacramento, California | Department of Energy Treasure Homes, Sacramento, California Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Treasure Homes, Sacramento, California Case study of Treasure Homes, who worked with SMUD, DOE, NREL, and ConSol to build HERS-54 homes with high-efficiency HVAC, ducts buried in attic insulation, SmartVent cooling, and rooftop PV. PDF icon Treasure Homes: Fallen Leaf at Riverbend - Sacramento, CA More Documents & Publications Building America

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Urbane Homes,

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

    Louisville, Kentucky | Department of Energy Urbane Homes, Louisville, Kentucky Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Urbane Homes, Louisville, Kentucky Case study of Urbane Homes who worked with Building America research partner NAHBRC to build HERS-57 homes with rigid foam insulated slabs and foundation walls, advanced framed walls, high-efficiency heat pumps, and ducts in conditioned space. PDF icon Urbane Homes - Louisville, KY More Documents & Publications High

  9. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Greenbelt Homes,

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

    Inc. Pilot Retrofit Project - Greenbelt, Maryland | Department of Energy Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Pilot Retrofit Project - Greenbelt, Maryland Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Pilot Retrofit Project - Greenbelt, Maryland This multiyear pilot energy efficiency retrofit project was undertaken by Greenbelt Homes, Inc, (GHI) a 1,566 home cooperative of circa 1930 and 1940 homes, to serve as a basis for decision making for the rollout of a

  10. Building America Case Study: Performance of a Hot-Dry Climate Whole House Retrofit, Stockton, California (Fact Sheet), Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

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    Study Performance of a Hot-Dry Climate Whole-House Retrofit Stockton, California PROJECT INFORMATION Construction: Whole-house retrofit Type: Single-family, affordable Partners: Builder: Green Home Solutions, greenbygrupe.com Alliance for Residential Building Innovation, http://arbi.davisenergy.com Size: 2,152 ft 2 Date completed: 2011 Climate Zone(s): Hot-Dry PERFORMANCE DATA HERS Index: Pre-retrofit rating = 314; post-retrofit rating = 156 Projected annual energy cost savings: $837 Incremental

  11. 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...

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

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

  13. Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity Based on Illinois Home Performance Program Field Data: Homeowner Selected Upgrades vs. Cost-Optimized Solutions; Chicago, Illinois (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2014-07-01

    Expanding on previous research by PARR, this study compares measure packages installed during 800 Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (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.

  14. 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® (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 15 Chicagoland single family housing archetypes. In the present study, 800 IHP homes are first matched to one of these 15 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.

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  16. 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 ...

  17. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Air

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

    Leakage and Air Transfer Between Garage and Living Space | Department of Energy Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Air Leakage and Air Transfer Between Garage and Living Space Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Air Leakage and Air Transfer Between Garage and Living Space In this project, Building Science Corporation worked with production home builder K. Hovnanian to conduct testing at a single-family home in Waldorf, Maryland,

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

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    Through-Wall Air Transfer Fans, Pittburgh, Pennsylvania | Department of Energy Evluating Through-Wall Air Transfer Fans, Pittburgh, Pennsylvania Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Evluating Through-Wall Air Transfer Fans, Pittburgh, Pennsylvania In this project, Building America team IBACOS performed field testing in a new construction unoccupied test house in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to evaluate HVAC distribution systems during heating, cooling, and midseason conditions.

  19. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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    Application of Spray Foam Insulation Under Plywood and OSB Roof Sheathing (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Application of Spray Foam Insulation Under Plywood and OSB Roof Sheathing (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Application of Spray Foam Insulation Under Plywood and OSB Roof Sheathing (Fact Sheet) This case study describes Building Science Corporation's research into spray polyurethane foams in residential roofs, performing hygrothermal

  20. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Insulated

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    Siding Retrofit in a Cold Climate, New Paltz, New York | Department of Energy Insulated Siding Retrofit in a Cold Climate, New Paltz, New York Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Insulated Siding Retrofit in a Cold Climate, New Paltz, New York In this study, the U.S. Department of Energy's team Building America Partner-ship for Improved Residential Construction (BA-PIRC) worked with Kinsley Construction Company to evaluate the real-world performance of insulated

  1. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cladding

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    Attachment Over Mineral Fiber Insulation Board - Ontario, Canada | Department of Energy Cladding Attachment Over Mineral Fiber Insulation Board - Ontario, Canada Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cladding Attachment Over Mineral Fiber Insulation Board - Ontario, Canada This case study describes a high performance enclosure retrofit package that uses mineral fiber insulation board and describes retrofit assembly and details for wood frame roof and walls and for

  2. Existing Homes Retrofit Case Study: Green Home Solutions by Grupe, Lodi, California

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2009-09-01

    This is a Building America case study on a the first whole building energy efficiency retrofit project on an existing home conducted by Grupe's Green Home Solutions in Lodi, California.

  3. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Artistic Homes,

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

    Albuquerque, New Mexico | Department of Energy Artistic Homes, Albuquerque, New Mexico Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Artistic Homes, Albuquerque, New Mexico Case study of Artistic Homes who worked with Building America research partners Building Science Corporation and BIRA to design homes that achieve HERS <60 without PV or zero net energy with PV with ducts in dropped ceilings, R-50 attic insulation; HRVs with HEPA filters; and extensive air sealing. PDF icon

  4. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Savannah

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    Gardens | Department of Energy Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Savannah Gardens Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Savannah Gardens The Savannah Housing Department is leading sustainable and affordable housing development in Georgia. It partnered with Southface Energy Institute, a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Partnership for Home Innovation Building America research team, to seek cost-effective solutions for increasing the energy

  5. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Cloquet, Minnesota Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Durable Interior Foundation Insulation Retrofits for Cold Climates, Cloquet, Minnesota Thermal ...

  6. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

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    sealing and insulating exterior walls and attic and installing new, efficient appliances. ... Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Deep Energy Retrofit ...

  7. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

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    during its conversion to affordable and efficient housing for low-income families. ... Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity ...

  8. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Replacing Resistance Heating with Mini-Split Heat Pumps Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Replacing Resistance Heating with Mini-Split Heat Pumps In...

  9. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Retrofit Integrated Space and Water Heating-Field Assessment Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Retrofit Integrated Space and Water Heating-Field ...

  10. Building America Technology Solutions for Existing Homes: Initial...

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    Building America Technology Solutions for Existing Homes: Initial and Long-Term Cladding Over Exterior Insulation This research conducted by Building Science Corporation evaluated ...

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: National...

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    Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot, Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Fact Sheet) Building Science Corporation ...

  12. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Apartment Compartmentalization with an Aerosol-Based Sealing Process Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Apartment Compartmentalization with an...

  13. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Boiler Load Monitoring Controllers, Chicago, Illinois Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Advanced Boiler Load Monitoring Controllers, Chicago, Illinois ...

  14. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Measure Guideline: Guidance on Taped Insulating Sheathing Drainage Planes Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Measure Guideline: Guidance on Taped ...

  15. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Massachusetts Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Monitoring of ... when compared with high-R approaches using exterior insulating sheathing. ...

  16. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Board - Ontario, Canada Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cladding Attachment Over Mineral Fiber Insulation Board - Ontario, Canada This case study ...

  17. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

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    Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, ...

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

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    Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm ...

  19. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Multifamily...

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    Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Multifamily Individual Heating and Ventilation Systems The conversion of an older Massachusetts building into ...

  20. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Applying...

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    Retrofit Programs - Central Florida (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Applying Best Practices to Florida Local Government Retrofit ...

  1. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Insulated Siding Retrofit in a Cold Climate, New Paltz, New York Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Insulated Siding Retrofit in a Cold Climate, New ...

  2. Building America Technology Solutions for Existing Homes: Retrofit...

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    Member in Insulated Mass Masonry Walls Building America Technology Solutions for Existing Homes: Retrofit Measures for Embedded Wood Member in Insulated Mass Masonry Walls In ...

  3. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Inverted...

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    Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Evluating Through-Wall Air Transfer Fans, Pittburgh, Pennsylvania Vol. 9: Building America Best Practices Series - Builders ...

  4. Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes Webinar...

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

    Below is the text version of the webinar, Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes, presented in June 2014. Lindsay Parker: ... the Department of Energy Zero...

  5. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Transformations...

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    Transformations, Inc. Net Zero Energy Communities (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Transformations, Inc. Net Zero Energy Communities (Fact Sheet)...

  6. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    Boiler Control Replacement for Hydronically Heated Multifamily Buildings, Cambridge, Massachusetts Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Boiler Control ...

  7. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Predicting Envelope Leakage in Attached Dwellings (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Predicting Envelope Leakage in Attached Dwellings ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Building America Case Study: High Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates; Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-08-01

    ?Ducts in conditioned space (DCS) represent a high priority measure for moving the next generation of new homes to the Zero Net Energy performance level. Various strategies exist for incorporating ducts within the conditioned thermal envelope. To support this activity, in 2013 the Pacific Gas & Electric Company initiated a project with Davis Energy Group (lead for the Building America team, Alliance for Residential Building Innovation) to solicit builder involvement in California to participate in field demonstrations of various DCS strategies. Builders were given incentives and design support in exchange for providing site access for construction observation, diagnostic testing, and builder survey feedback. Information from the project was designed to feed into California's 2016 Title 24 process, but also to serve as an initial mechanism to engage builders in more high performance construction strategies. This Building America project complemented information collected in the California project with BEopt simulations of DCS performance in hot/dry climate regions.

  10. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Selecting

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

    Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes | Department of Energy Selecting Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Selecting Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes In multifamily buildings, particularly in the Northeast, exhaust ventilation strategies are the norm as a means of meeting both local exhaust and whole-unit mechanical ventilation rates. The issue of where the fresh air is coming from is gaining significance as

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Pilot

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

    Demonstration of Phased Retrofits in Florida Homes - Central and South Florida (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Pilot Demonstration of Phased Retrofits in Florida Homes - Central and South Florida (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Pilot Demonstration of Phased Retrofits in Florida Homes - Central and South Florida (Fact Sheet) In this pilot project, the Florida Solar Energy Center and Florida Power and Light are collaborating to retrofit a large

  12. Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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-understand marketing campaign, and sometimes a little flair. This case study highlights the successful marketing approach of Tommy Williams Homes, which devotes resources to advertising, targeted social media outlets and blogs, realtor education seminars, and groundbreaking and open house celebrations. As a result, in one community, 2013 property sales records show that TWH outsells the only other builder in the development at a higher price, with fewer days on the market.

  13. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat

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

    for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida | Department of Energy Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida PNNL and Florida Solar Energy Center worked with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County to upgrade an empty 1996 home with a 14.5 SEER AC, heat pump water heater, CFLs,

  14. Solutions for Combustion Safety in Existing Homes | Department of Energy

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

    Solutions for Combustion Safety in Existing Homes Solutions for Combustion Safety in Existing Homes It is often challenging for residential contractors to conduct appropriate combustion safety test procedures in existing homes and use effective actions to address any failures. Commonly used testing methods can be complicated to follow and may be overly conservative, producing false positive results without addressing the fundamental need for inspection of the venting system itself. Additionally,

  15. Building America Technology Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy Ready Home

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

    and the Challenge of Hot Water on Demand | Department of Energy Homes: Zero Energy Ready Home and the Challenge of Hot Water on Demand Building America Technology Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy Ready Home and the Challenge of Hot Water on Demand Production builders in the Stapleton community of Denver, Colorado, now build 2,300-ft2 or larger homes that earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® through the Certified Homes Program, Version 3. These builders are

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

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    The homes are being metered by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) as part of BA efforts to collect data that characterize the performance of the homes and verify that the solar ...

  17. Webinar: Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes

    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,...

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

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

    More Documents & Publications DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Palo Duro Homes, Via del Cielo, Santa Fe, NM DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Palo Duro Homes, ...

  19. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Winchester Homes and Camberly Homes- Silver Spring, Maryland (Fact Sheet)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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 systems—that could be applicable on a...

  20. 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...

  1. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- 10 Years of Continued Growth! |

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

    Department of Energy 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, HPwES successes, and information on how to become a HPwES sponsor. PDF icon Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Presentation More Documents & Publications Home Performance with Energy Star Home Performance with ENERGY STAR - 2014 BTO Peer Review Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®

  2. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy...

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

    Zero Energy Ready Home Multifamily Project: Mutual Housing at Spring Lake Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy Ready Home Multifamily Project: Mutual ...

  3. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tommy Williams...

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

    Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida Case study of Tommy Williams Homes who partnered with Building America to build ...

  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. 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...

  6. 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: ...

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

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

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

  8. 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 ...

  9. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Pulte Homes and

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

    Communities of Del Webb, Las Vegas, Nevada | Department of Energy Pulte Homes and Communities of Del Webb, Las Vegas, Nevada Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Pulte Homes and Communities of Del Webb, Las Vegas, Nevada Case study of Pulte Homes-Las Vegas Division who teamed with Building America team Building Science Corporation to design HERS-54 homes with high-efficiency HVAC with ducts in conditioned space, jump ducts, and a fresh air intake; advanced framed walls;

  10. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- Webinar Slides | Department of Energy

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

    STAR -- Webinar Slides Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- Webinar Slides "Existing Homes Efficiency - If You Want BetterBuildings - Go with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR," webinar slides from the U.S. Department of Energy. PDF icon Webinar slides More Documents & Publications Home Performance with ENERGY STAR -- 10 Years of Continued Growth! Home Performance with ENERGY STAR - 2014 BTO Peer Review BetterBuildings: Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Testing Ductless Heat

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

    Pumps in High-Performance Affordable Housing, The Woods at Golden Given, Tacoma,Washington | Department of Energy Testing Ductless Heat Pumps in High-Performance Affordable Housing, The Woods at Golden Given, Tacoma,Washington Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Testing Ductless Heat Pumps in High-Performance Affordable Housing, The Woods at Golden Given, Tacoma,Washington The Woods is a 30-home, high- performance, energy efficient sustainable community built by Habitat for

  12. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

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

    This case study lists project information, cost and energy efficiency performance data, energy efficiency measures and lessons learned for a 100-year-old home in Portland, Oregon, ...

  13. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Building science research supports installing exterior (soil side) foundation insulation as the optimal method to enhance the hygrothermal performance of new homes. With exterior ...

  14. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    In this project, Building Science Corporation evaluated the humidity control performance of new high ... addition to HVAC system, and homes without any supplemental dehumidification. ...

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

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

    the energy performance of these homes and the ductless heat pumps (DHP) they employ. ... measures that focus on the DHPhybrid heating system and heat recovery ...

  16. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: High Performance Homes, Chamberlain

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

    Court #75, Gettysburg, PA | Department of Energy High Performance Homes, Chamberlain Court #75, Gettysburg, PA DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: High Performance Homes, Chamberlain Court #75, Gettysburg, PA DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: High Performance Homes, Chamberlain Court #75, Gettysburg, PA 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

  17. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Moisture Management of High-R Walls This project by Building Science Corporation focuses on how eight high-R walls ...

  18. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Low-Load Space-Conditioning Needs Assessment, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Low-Load Space-Conditioning Needs ...

  19. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Long-Term Monitoring of Mini-Split Ductless Heat Pumps in the Northeast, Devens and ... Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Long-Term Monitoring of ...

  20. Technology Solutions for New Manufactured Homes, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Manufactured Home Builders (Fact Sheet), Building America Case Study: Whole-House Solutions for New Homes, Building Technologies Office (BTO)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    DOE Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home | Department of Energy Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Southern Energy Homes, First DOE Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Southern Energy Homes, First DOE Zero Energy Ready Manufactured Home The country's first Zero Energy Ready manufactured home that is certified by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is up and running in Russellville, Alabama. PDF icon Southern Energy Homes, First DOE Zero Energy

  1. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cost

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

    Analysis of Roof-Only Air Sealing and Insulation Strategies on 1-1/2 Story Homes in Cold Climates, Minneapolis, MN | Department of Energy Cost Analysis of Roof-Only Air Sealing and Insulation Strategies on 1-1/2 Story Homes in Cold Climates, Minneapolis, MN Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cost Analysis of Roof-Only Air Sealing and Insulation Strategies on 1-1/2 Story Homes in Cold Climates, Minneapolis, MN This case study describes the External Thermal and

  2. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: New

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    Insights for Improving the Designs of Flexible Duct Junction Boxes (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: New Insights for Improving the Designs of Flexible Duct Junction Boxes (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: New Insights for Improving the Designs of Flexible Duct Junction Boxes (Fact Sheet) IBACOS explored the relationships between pressure and physical configurations of flexible

  3. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade

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

    Apartments - Deep Energy Multifamily Retrofit (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade Apartments - Deep Energy Multifamily Retrofit (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Cascade Apartments - Deep Energy Multifamily Retrofit (Fact Sheet) This project implemented energy retrofit improvements in the Cascade multifamily community, which resulted in annual energy cost savings of 22%, improved comfort

  4. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Passive

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

    Room-to-Room Air Transfer, Fresno, California (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Passive Room-to-Room Air Transfer, Fresno, California (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Passive Room-to-Room Air Transfer, Fresno, California (Fact Sheet) In this project, IBACOS, a U.S. Department of Energy Building America team, assessed a strategy for providing conditioned air to bedrooms when the bedroom doors

  5. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part II Webinar (Text Version)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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.

  6. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy...

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

    Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy Ready Home Multifamily Project: Mutual Housing at Spring Lake Building America Whole-House Solutions for New...

  7. 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.

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Hood River Passive

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

    House - Hood River, Oregon (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Hood River Passive House - Hood River, Oregon (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Hood River Passive House - Hood River, Oregon (Fact Sheet) The Hood River Passive Project incorporates high R-Value assemblies, extremely tight construction, high performance doors and windows, solar thermal DHW, heat recovery ventilation, moveable external shutters

  9. 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.

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

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

    "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 ...

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

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

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

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

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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...

  13. Market Transformation in Connecticut: Integrating Home Performance Into Existing Trades

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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 contractor involvement.

  14. 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...

  15. 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.

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

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

    STAR® Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® 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 OBJECTIVE The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES) program provides supplies information to consumers and the home energy improvement industry to produce quality energy-efficient upgrades that result in safer, healthier, and more durable homes. The U.S. Department of

  17. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat

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

    for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida | Department of Energy Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida PNNL and Calcs Plus helped the South Sarasota County Florida Habitat for Humanity retrofit a 1978 single-story home by stripping old drywall, air sealing concrete block walls, and installing rigid insulation, furring strips, and new

  18. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes: Case Study: Build

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

    San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas | Department of Energy Homes: Case Study: Build San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes: Case Study: Build San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas PNNL, FSEC, and CalcsPlus provided technical assistance to Build San Antonio Green on three deep energy retrofits. For this gut rehab they replaced the old roof with a steeper roof and replaced drywall while adding insulation, new HVAC, sealed ducts, transfer

  19. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes Case

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

    Study: Field Testing an Unvented Roof with Fibrous Insulation and Tiles | Department of Energy Homes Case Study: Field Testing an Unvented Roof with Fibrous Insulation and Tiles Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes Case Study: Field Testing an Unvented Roof with Fibrous Insulation and Tiles This case study by the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America research team Building Science Corporation is a test implementation of an unvented tile roof assembly in a

  20. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Calculating Design Heating Loads for Superinsulated Buildings | Department of Energy Calculating Design Heating Loads for Superinsulated Buildings Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Calculating Design Heating Loads for Superinsulated Buildings During the winter of 2013-2014, the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings monitored the energy use of three homes in the EcoVillage community in climate zone 6 to evaluate the accuracy of two different mechanical

  1. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Replacement, Variable-Speed Motors for Furnaces, Syracuse, New York, (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Replacement, Variable-Speed Motors for Furnaces, Syracuse, New York, (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Replacement, Variable-Speed Motors for Furnaces, Syracuse, New York, (Fact Sheet) In this project, the CARB team tested the Concept 3 replacement motors for residential furnaces in eight homes in and near Syracuse, New York, to test how these

  2. Building America Technology Solutions for Existing Homes: Retrofit Measures

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

    for Embedded Wood Member in Insulated Mass Masonry Walls | Department of Energy Existing Homes: Retrofit Measures for Embedded Wood Member in Insulated Mass Masonry Walls Building America Technology Solutions for Existing Homes: Retrofit Measures for Embedded Wood Member in Insulated Mass Masonry Walls In this project, the Building Science Corporation team studied a historic brick building in Lawrence, Massachusetts, which is being renovated into 10 condominium units and adding insulation to

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

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

    Department of Energy 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 have

  4. 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

  5. HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System - Building

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

    America Top Innovation | Department of Energy HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System - Building America Top Innovation HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System - Building America Top Innovation hpxml.png In the world of home energy analysis, a variety of software tools are available for compiling and evaluating home energy audit data. This means home performance companies need to be fluent in several reporting platforms that span multiple utility

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

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

    HERS 65 without PV on a home in Florida with SEER 16 AC, concrete block and rigid foam walls, high-performance windows, solar water heating, and 5.98 kW PV. PDF icon Case Study: ...

  7. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:Hydronic

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

    Systems Designing for Setback Operations | Department of Energy Existing Homes:Hydronic Systems Designing for Setback Operations Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:Hydronic Systems Designing for Setback Operations This guide, developed by Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, provides step-by-step instructions for heating contractors and hydronic designers for selecting the proper control settings to maximize system performance and improve response time

  8. 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 Home High-Performance Home Sales Training Part 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:

  9. 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, ...

  10. 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. ...

  11. Performance Improvements for Factory-Built Homes | Department...

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

    Performance Improvements for Factory-Built Homes Performance Improvements for Factory-Built Homes December 22, 2015 - 3:02pm Addthis Highly efficient Building America test house in ...

  12. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Moisture

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

    Management of High-R Walls | Department of Energy Management of High-R Walls Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Moisture Management of High-R Walls This project by Building Science Corporation focuses on how eight high-R walls handle the three main sources of moisture-construction moisture, air leakage condensation, and bulk water leaks. PDF icon Moisture Management of High-R Walls More Documents & Publications Building America Technology Solutions for New

  13. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Replacing

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

    Resistance Heating with Mini-Split Heat Pumps | Department of Energy Replacing Resistance Heating with Mini-Split Heat Pumps Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Replacing Resistance Heating with Mini-Split Heat Pumps In this project, the Advanced Residential Integrated Solutions team investigated the suitability of mini-split heat pumps for multifamily retrofits. PDF icon Replacing Resistance Heating with Mini-Split Heat Pumps More Documents & Publications

  14. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Innovative Retrofit Foundation Insulation Strategies, Minneapolis, Minnesota | Department of Energy Innovative Retrofit Foundation Insulation Strategies, Minneapolis, Minnesota Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Innovative Retrofit Foundation Insulation Strategies, Minneapolis, Minnesota In this project, the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership evaluated a retrofit insulation strategy for foundations that is designed for use with open-core concrete block

  15. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Field

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

    Testing of Compartmentalization Methods for Multifamily Construction | Department of Energy Field Testing of Compartmentalization Methods for Multifamily Construction Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Field Testing of Compartmentalization Methods for Multifamily Construction Fire-resistance rated (or area separation) wall assemblies present a great difficulty in air sealing/compartmentalization, particularly in townhouse construction. To address this

  16. 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. PDF icon Call Slides and Discussion Summary 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 Incentives:

  17. 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

  18. Home Performance with Energy Star | Department of Energy

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

    Energy Star Home Performance with Energy Star Residential Buildings Integration Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review PDF icon resbldgs05_jacobsohn_040313.pdf 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

  19. Building America Technlogy Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Improving the Field Performance of Natural Gas Furnaces, Chicago, Illinois (Fact Sheet)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In this project, the PARR research team examined the impact that common installation practices and age-induced equipment degradation may have on the installed performance of natural gas furnaces, as measured by steady-state efficiency and AFUE.

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

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

    Contracting | Department of Energy Energy Renovations: A Business Case for Home Performance Contracting Building America Energy Renovations: A Business Case for Home Performance Contracting 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

  1. Building America Case Study: High Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates (Fact Sheet), Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates PROJECT INFORMATION Project Name: High-Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates Partners: Alliance for Residential Building Innovation, arbi.davisenergy.com Pacific Gas and Electric Company, pge.com Building Component: Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning Application: New; single- and/or multifamily Year Tested: 2013-2014 Climate Zones: Hot-dry and mixed-dry PERFORMANCE DATA In early stages of HPD implementation, costs averaged about $1-$2/ft 2 of conditioned floor

  2. Building America Case Study: Evaluation of the Performance of Houses With and Without Supplemental Dehumidification in a Hot-Humid Climate, New Orleans, Louisiana (Fact Sheet), Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    the Performance of Houses With and Without Supplemental Dehumidification in a Hot-Humid Climate New Orleans, Louisiana PROJECT INFORMATION Project Name: New Orleans Dehumidification Study Location: New Orleans, LA Partners: Project Home Again Building Science Corporation, buildingscience.com National Renewable Energy Laboratory, nrel.gov Mountain Energy Partnership Building Component: Supplemental dehumidification Application: New; single- and multifamily homes Year Tested: 2012-2013 Applicable

  3. Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications, Ithaca, New York (Fact Sheet), Building America Case Study: Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Building Technologies Office (BTO)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications Ithaca, New York PROJECT INFORMATION Project Name: Condensing Boiler Optimization Location: Ithaca, NY Partners: Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, www.ithacanhs.org; Appropriate Designs, www.hydronicpros.com; HTP, www.htproducts.com; Peerless, www.peerlessboilers.com; Grundfos, us.grundfos.com; Bell & Gossett, www.bell-gossett.com; Emerson Swan, www.emersonswan.com. Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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,...

  8. 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...

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

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

    the world of home energy analysis, a variety of software ... This means home performance companies need to be fluent in ... an extensible mark-up language (XML) protocol that can ...

  10. 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. ...

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

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

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

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: EcoVillage...

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

    Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: EcoVillage: A Net Zero Energy Ready Community, Ithaca, New York Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: EcoVillage: A Net Zero...

  15. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Evaluation of Ventilation Strategies in New Construction Multifamily Buildings, New York, New York (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Ventilation Strategies in New Construction Multifamily Buildings, New York, New York (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Evaluation of Ventilation Strategies in New Construction Multifamily Buildings, New York, New York (Fact Sheet) This research effort, conducted by the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,

  16. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Foundation Heat Exchanger, Oak Ridge, Tennessee | Department of Energy Foundation Heat Exchanger, Oak Ridge, Tennessee Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Foundation Heat Exchanger, Oak Ridge, Tennessee The foundation heat exchanger, developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a new concept for a cost-effective horizontal ground heat exchanger that can be connected to water-to-water or water-to-air heat pump systems for space conditioning as well as domestic

  17. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Predicting Envelope Leakage in Attached Dwellings (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Predicting Envelope Leakage in Attached Dwellings (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Predicting Envelope Leakage in Attached Dwellings (Fact Sheet) In an attempt to create a simplified tool for predicting leakage to the outside, the CARB team analyzed blower door test results from 236 attached dwelling units in 17 apartment complexes to investigate the correlation

  18. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: A

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

    Homeowner's Guide to Window Air Conditioner Installation for Efficiency and Comfort (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy A Homeowner's Guide to Window Air Conditioner Installation for Efficiency and Comfort (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: A Homeowner's Guide to Window Air Conditioner Installation for Efficiency and Comfort (Fact Sheet) This step-by-step guide developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory describes proper installation of

  19. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Apartment

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

    Compartmentalization with an Aerosol-Based Sealing Process | Department of Energy Apartment Compartmentalization with an Aerosol-Based Sealing Process Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Apartment Compartmentalization with an Aerosol-Based Sealing Process In this study, the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings team demonstrated the automated air sealing and compartmentalization of buildings through the use of an aerosolized sealant developed by the

  20. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Capillary

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

    Break Beneath a Slab: Polyethylene Sheeting over Aggregate, Southwestern Pennsylvania (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Capillary Break Beneath a Slab: Polyethylene Sheeting over Aggregate, Southwestern Pennsylvania (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Capillary Break Beneath a Slab: Polyethylene Sheeting over Aggregate, Southwestern Pennsylvania (Fact Sheet) In this project, Building America team IBACOS worked with a builder of single- and

  1. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cladding

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

    Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Cladding Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cladding Attachment Over Thick Exterior Insulating Sheathing (Fact Sheet) In this project, researchers from Building Science Corporation investigated issues to better understand the mechanics behind the addition of insulation to the exterior of buildings to increase

  2. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cold

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

    Climate Foundation Wall Hygrothermal Research Facility (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Cold Climate Foundation Wall Hygrothermal Research Facility (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Cold Climate Foundation Wall Hygrothermal Research Facility (Fact Sheet) This case study describes the University of Minnesota's Cloquet Residential Research Facility (CRRF) in northern Minnesota, which features more than 2,500 ft2 of below-grade space for building

  3. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Moisture

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

    Durability of Vapor Permeable Insulating Sheathing (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Durability of Vapor Permeable Insulating Sheathing (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Moisture Durability of Vapor Permeable Insulating Sheathing (Fact Sheet) In this project, Building America team Building Science Corporation researched some of the ramifications of using exterior, vapor permeable insulation on retrofit walls with vapor permeable cavity

  4. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Retrofit

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

    Integrated Space and Water Heating-Field Assessment | Department of Energy Retrofit Integrated Space and Water Heating-Field Assessment Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Retrofit Integrated Space and Water Heating-Field Assessment In this project, the NorthernSTAR team analyzed combined (combi) condensing water heaters or boilers and hydronic air coils to provide high efficiency domestic hot water and forced air space heating. PDF icon Retrofit Integrated

  5. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Steam

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

    System Balancing and Tuning for Multifamily Residential Buildings, Chicago, Illinois (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Steam System Balancing and Tuning for Multifamily Residential Buildings, Chicago, Illinois (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Steam System Balancing and Tuning for Multifamily Residential Buildings, Chicago, Illinois (Fact Sheet) The Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR), a U.S. Department of Energy Building

  6. Technology Solutions for New Manufactured Homes: Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Manufactured Home Builders (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Exterior Insulation Pre- and Post-Retrofit, Syracuse, New York

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    IBACOS, in collaboration with GreenHomes America, Inc., was contracted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to research exterior wall insulation solutions for enclosure upgrades. This case study describes the deep energy retrofit of three test homes in the Syracuse, New York area and represent these enclosure strategies: rigid foam insulation; spray foam insulation, and a control house that follows Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) guidelines.

  9. Cost-Optimized Attic Insulation Solution for Factory-Built Homes- Building America Top Innovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This 2014 Top Innovation describes a dense-pack solution to increasing attic insulation R-value for manufactured homes.

  10. 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.

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

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    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

  12. 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.

  13. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing ... high performance, cost-effective alternative envelope designs that will meet stringent energy code requirements. ...

  14. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Replacing Resistance Heating with Mini-Split Heat Pumps Building America Technology Solutions for New ... Building America Webinar: High Performance Space Conditioning ...

  15. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Sealing Using Injected Spray Sealant Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing ... More Documents & Publications Building America Webinar: High Performance Space ...

  16. High Performance Builder Spotlight: Clifton View Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-01-01

    Clifton View Homes’s remodel of a 1962 rambler, on Whidbey Island in Washington State, cut energy costs by two-thirds.

  17. Business Solutions Case Study: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-06-01

    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-understand marketing campaign, and sometimes a little flair. This case study highlights the successful marketing approach of Tommy Williams Homes, which devotes resources to advertising, targeted social media outlets and blogs, realtor education seminars, and groundbreaking and open house celebrations. As a result, in one community, 2013 property sales records show that TWH outsells the only other builder in the development at a higher price, with fewer days on the market.

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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.

  1. 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...

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

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

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

  3. Home Performance Training and Mentoring: Lessons and Resources

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Business Solutions Case Study: Marketing Zero Energy Homes: LifeStyle Homes, Melbourne, Florida

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-06-01

    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 understand marketing campaign and sometimes a little flair. This case study highlights LifeStyle Homes’ successful marketing approach for their SunSmart home package, which has helped to boost sales for the company. SunSmart marketing includes a modified logo, weekly blog, social media, traditional advertising, website, and sales staff training. Marketing focuses on quality, durability, healthy indoor air, and energy efficiency with an emphasis on the surety of third-party verification and the scientific approach to developing the SunSmart package. With the introduction of SunSmart, LifeStyle began an early recovery, nearly doubling sales in 2010; SunSmart sales now exceed 300 homes, including more than 20 zero energy homes. Completed homes in 2014 far outpaced the national (19%) and southern census region (27%) recovery rates for the same period. As technology improves and evolves, this builder will continue to collaborate with Building America.

  6. DOE ZERH Webinar: Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes

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

    (Text Version) | Department of Energy Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes (Text Version) DOE ZERH Webinar: Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes (Text Version) Below is the text version of the webinar, Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes, presented in June 2014. Watch the presentation. Lindsay Parker: ... the Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home technical training webinar series. We're really excited that you can join us

  7. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Winchester Homes and Camberly Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2014-02-01

    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 systems—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, 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.

  8. Raising the Bar within the Weatherization and Home Performance Industry |

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

    Department of Energy Raising the Bar within the Weatherization and Home Performance Industry Raising the Bar within the Weatherization and Home Performance Industry Addthis Description The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created in 1976 to assist low-income families who lacked resources to invest in energy efficiency. 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

  9. Building America Roadmap to High Performance Homes | Department of Energy

    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 Update meeting on April 29-30, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. PDF icon ba_roadmap_highperformance_werling.pdf More Documents & Publications Update on U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program Goals Update on U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program Goals Collective Impact for Zero Net Energy Homes

  10. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Ravenwood Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2012-10-01

    PNNL, Florida HERO, and Energy Smart Home Plans helped Ravenwood Homes achieve a HERS 15 with PV or HERS 65 without PV on a home in Florida with SEER 16 AC, concrete block and rigid foam walls, high-performance windows, solar water heating, and 5.98 kW PV.

  11. 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...

  12. Home Performance with Energy Star (Existing Residential)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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...

  13. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Community...

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

    To that end, IBACOS analyzed pre-retrofit daily utility data to sort homes by energy consumption, allowing for better targeting of homes for physical audits. Following ASHRAE ...

  14. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    In this project, Building Science Corporation worked with production home builder K. Hovnanian to conduct testing at a single-family home in Waldorf, Maryland, constructed in ...

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

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

    Case study of Urbane Homes who worked with Building America research partner NAHBRC to build HERS-57 homes with rigid foam insulated slabs and foundation walls, advanced framed ...

  16. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Retrofit of 1915 Home, Dayton, Washington

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This case study lists project information, cost and energy efficiency performance data, energy efficiency measures and lessons learned for a 1915 home in eastern Washington audited by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for an energy retrofit. The asbestos covered diesel boiler was left in place in the basement and a new SEER 16, HSPF 9.4 ductless heat pump with four inside heads was added to cut energy costs over $2,000/year.

  17. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Singer Village - A

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

    Cold Climate Zero Energy Ready Home, Derby, Connecticut | Department of Energy Singer Village - A Cold Climate Zero Energy Ready Home, Derby, Connecticut Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Singer Village - A Cold Climate Zero Energy Ready Home, Derby, Connecticut After progressively incorporating ENERGY STAR for Homes Versions 1, 2, and 3 into its standard practices over the years, builder Brookside Development was seeking to build an even more sustainable product that

  18. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Home: Retrofitting a

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

    1960s Split-Level Cold-Climate Home | Department of Energy Whole-House Solutions for Existing Home: Retrofitting a 1960s Split-Level Cold-Climate Home Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Home: Retrofitting a 1960s Split-Level Cold-Climate Home The U.S. Department of Energy Building America team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) partnered with Preferred Builders and the owners of a 1960s split-level home in Westport, Connecticut, to evaluate and implement a

  19. Existing Whole-House Case Study: Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity Based on Illinois Home Performance Program Field Data: Homeowner Selected Upgrades vs. Cost-Optimized Solutions, Chicago, Illinois

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2014-07-01

    Expanding on previous research by PARR, this study compares measure packages installed during 800 Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (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 15 Chicagoland single family housing archetypes, called housing groups. In the present study, 800 IHP homes are first matched to one of these 15 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.

  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. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: 56th...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: 56th and Walnut: A Philly Gut Rehab Development In this project, CPM partnered with the Consortium for Advanced Residential...

  2. Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes Webinar (Text Version)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Below is the text version of the webinar, Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes, presented in June 2014.

  3. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: A Production...

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

    A Production Builder's Passive House, Denver, Colorado (Midtown Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: A Production Builder's Passive House, Denver, Colorado ...

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  7. Building America Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Compact...

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

    With U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program support, Home Innovation Research Labs partnered with K. Hovnanian Homes to demonstrate a new buried-duct design that is ...

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Singer...

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

    partnered with Brookside Development to design and construct the first zero energy ready home in a development of seven new homes on the old Singer Estate in Derby, Connecticut. ...

  9. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Imagine...

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

    Case study of Imagine Homes, who worked with the Building America research partner IBACOS to build HERS-52 homes with spray foam-insulated attics and central fan-integrated supply ...

  10. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    monitored the energy use of three homes in the EcoVillage community in climate zone 6 to evaluate the accuracy of two different mechanical system sizing methods for low-load homes. ...

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tindall...

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

    Case study of Tindall Homes who worked with Building America research team IBACOS to build 20 HERS-58 homes with R-49 mixed attic insulation, poly-iso foam in advanced framed ...

  12. 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

  13. 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...

  14. Track B — Critical Guidance for Peak Performance Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    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; Implementation Program Case Studies; Field Testing from Start to Finish; and Humidity Control and Analysis.

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

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

    Department of Energy Webinar: 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 team BA-PIRC webinar on September 30, 2011 providing informationprovide information about how to achieve energy savings from solar water heating, electric dedicated heat pump water heating, and gas tankless systems. PDF icon es_hot_water_systems.pdf More Documents & Publications

  16. 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. PDF icon Home Performance with ENERGY STAR 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

  17. 2016 Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) National Home Performance Conference

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Energy ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings August 21, 2016 9:00AM EDT to August 26, 2016 5 and Trade Show | Department of Energy

    Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show 2016 Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show April 4, 2016 9:00AM EDT to April 7, 2016 12

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

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

    Vancouver, Washington | Department of Energy New Traditions, Vancouver, Washington Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: New Traditions, Vancouver, Washington Case study of New Tradition Homes who worked with Building America partner WSU Energy Extension to design HERS-65 homes with ducts in conditioned space, site grading and drain piping, and high-efficiency HVAC. PDF icon New Tradition Homes: Landover Commons - Vancouver, WA More Documents & Publications Low-Cost

  19. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Meeting DOE Challenge Home Program Certification - Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Devens, MA

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-01-01

    In this project, three production home builders—K. Hovnanian Homes, David Weekley Homes, and Transformations, Inc.—partnered with Building America team Building Science Corporation to evaluate the certification of five test homes to the new DOE Challenge Home program performance standard (now DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program). The builders identified key benefits and barriers that impacted the certification of the test homes, and the likelihood of whether DOE Challenge Home certification would be pursued in future homes

  20. Building America Case Studies for New Homes: Performance and Costs of

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

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

  1. Future Home Tech: 8 Energy-Saving Solutions on the Horizon | Department of

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

    Energy Future Home Tech: 8 Energy-Saving Solutions on the Horizon Future Home Tech: 8 Energy-Saving Solutions on the Horizon December 18, 2015 - 12:37pm Addthis Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Dr. Kathleen Hogan explains how efficiency standards and advances in technology are helping consumers save energy and previews the energy-saving home technologies of tomorrow. | Video by Jeremy Kahn, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Paul Lester Paul Lester Digital

  2. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Insight Homes, Seaford, Delaware

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of Insight Homes, who worked with the Building America research partner IBACOS to design HERS-49 homes with high-efficiency HVAC, ducts in insulated crawl spaces, raised heel trusses, dehumidifiers, and central manifold plumbing.

  3. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: David Weekely Homes, Houston, Texas

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of David Weekley Homes, who worked with Building America research partner Building Science Corporation to design HERS-59 homes with advanced framed walls, airtight drywall, and rigid foam wall sheathing.

  4. Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: BrightBuilt Home, Modular Zero Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    When done well, modular home production can provide lower costs and excellent quality control (QC)—compared to conventional home building methods— while still allowing a great deal of customization...

  5. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: S & A Homes...

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

    Case study of S&A Homes who worked with Building America research partner IBACOS to design urban infill HERS-51 homes with compact duct layout in conditioned space, foam insulated ...

  6. 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 features into most or all their homes in the future. As these seven builders have demonstrated, affordable, high-performance homes are possible, but require attention to detail and flexibility in design to accommodate specific regional geographic or market-driven constraints that can increase cost. With better information regarding how energy-efficiency trade-offs or design choices affect overall home performance, builders can make informed decisions regarding home design and construction to minimize cost without sacrificing performance and energy savings.

  7. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Imagine Homes, San Antonio...

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

    Building America research team IBACOS to build more than 300 high-performance homes that ... its homes to both the federal ENERGY STAR program and the Build San Antonio Green program. ...

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Affordable...

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

    Infill Housing with Hybrid Insulation Approach The City of Wyandotte started a construction program to engage local builders in constructing energy-efficient homes in ...

  9. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) investigated the strategy of using buried andor encapsulated ducts to reduce duct thermal losses in existing homes. ...

  10. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    in eight homes in and near Syracuse, New York, to test how these brushless, permanent magnet motors can use much less electricity than their permanent split capacitor predecessors. ...

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nelson...

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

    PDF icon Nelson Construction: Hamilton Way - Farmington, CT More Documents & Publications DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Transformations Inc., Custom House, Devens, MA ...

  12. Buildng America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: William...

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

    HERS-65 homes with energy-efficient heat pumps and programmable thermostats with humidity controls, foam-filled concrete block walls, draining house wrap, and airsealed kneewalls. ...

  13. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    This case study describes research to assess the moisture and cooling load impacts of airtightness and mechanical ventilation in two identical laboratory homes in the hot-humid ...

  14. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Grupe,...

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

    SmartVent night ventilation cooling; and FreshVent continuous ventilation. ... Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems; Volume 6 Building America Best ...

  15. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    (Fact Sheet) This project describes a Habitat for Humanity builder's efforts to ... Ready Home Case Study: Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity, Edgewater, Florida DOE Zero ...

  16. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Sheet) Ducts in Conditioned Space - Building America Top Innovation Building America Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity, Edgewater, Florida

  17. Building America Business Solutions for New Homes: Marketing...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    approach of Tommy Williams Homes, which devotes resources to advertising, targeted social media outlets and blogs, realtor education seminars, and groundbreaking and open...

  18. (Electric and Gas) Home Energy Solutions Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Energize Connecticut, funded by Connecticut's public benefits charge, provides home energy efficiency rebate programs to customers of Connecticut Light and Power Company, United Illuminating...

  19. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Sheeting over Aggregate, Southwestern Pennsylvania (Fact Sheet) In this project, Building America team IBACOS worked with a builder of single- and multifamily homes in...

  20. Building America Webinar: Solutions for Combustion Safety in Existing Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    It is often challenging for residential contractors to conduct appropriate combustion safety test procedures in existing homes and use effective actions to address any failures. Commonly used...

  1. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Islip...

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

    PDF icon Islip Housing Authority Energy Efficiency Turnover Protocols - Islip, NY More Documents & Publications Building America Case Studies for Existing Homes: Philadelphia ...

  2. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: New Town Builders'

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

    Power of Zero Energy Center | Department of Energy New Town Builders' Power of Zero Energy Center Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: New Town Builders' Power of Zero Energy Center New Town Builders, a builder of energy efficient homes in Denver, Colorado, offers a zero energy option for all the homes it builds. To attract a wide range of potential home buyers to its energy efficient homes, New Town Builders created a "Power of Zero Energy Center" linked to its

  3. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Schneider Homes, Inc.

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2013-02-01

    Schneider Homes cut energy use by 50% over the 2004 IECC on 28 homes built near Seattle in 2008. Schneider packed the walls with R-23 of blown fiberglass and blanketed the ceiling with R-38 of blown cellulose. Ducts went into conditioned space through open-web floor trusses between floors and air handlers went into an air sealed garage closet.

  4. Building America Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Compact Buried Ducts

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

    in a Hot-Humid Climate House | Department of Energy Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Compact Buried Ducts in a Hot-Humid Climate House Building America Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Compact Buried Ducts in a Hot-Humid Climate House With U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program support, Home Innovation Research Labs partnered with K. Hovnanian Homes to demonstrate a new buried-duct design that is durable, energy efficient, and cost-effective in a hot-humid climate. PDF icon

  5. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: HVAC Design Strategy

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

    for a Hot-Humid Production Builder | Department of Energy HVAC Design Strategy for a Hot-Humid Production Builder Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: HVAC Design Strategy for a Hot-Humid Production Builder In this project, BSC worked with the builder to develop a cost-effective design for moving the HVAC system into conditioned space and increase the energy performance of future production houses in anticipation of 2015 IECC codes. PDF icon HVAC Design Strategy for a

  6. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Lancaster County Career and Technology Center Green Home 3- Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This case study describes a unique vocational program at Lancaster County Career Technology Center in Mount Joy, PA, where high school students are gaining hands-on construction experience in building high performance homes with help from Building America team, Home Innovation Research Labs. This collaboration resulted in the Green Home 3, the third in a series of high performance homes for Apprentice Green.

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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]).

  8. Building America Case Study: Multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home Analysis, Elmsford, New York (Fact Sheet), Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home Analysis Elmsford, New York PROJECT INFORMATION Project Name: Avalon Green III Location: Elmsford, NY Partners: AvalonBay Communities avaloncommunities.com Advanced Residential Integrated Solutions Collaborative (ARIES) Building Components: Whole building Application: New construction, multifamily Year Tested: 2015 Applicable Climate Zone: 4 PERFORMANCE DATA Cost of energy-efficiency measure (including labor): $1,000-$1,300 per unit Projected source energy

  9. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: S & A Homes, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of S&A Homes who worked with Building America research partner IBACOS to design urban infill HERS-51 homes with compact duct layout in conditioned space, foam insulated precast concrete foundations, high-efficiency HVAC, and tankless water heaters.

  10. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Schneider Homes, Burien, Washington

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of Schneider Homes who worked with Building America research partner WSU Extension Energy Office to design HERS 65 homes with high-efficiency furnaces in an air- sealed garage closet with ducts in conditioned space, 80% CFL lighting, ENERGY STAR appliances, air-tight drywall, and air sealing of attic hatches.

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tindall Homes, Columbus, New Jersey

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of Tindall Homes who worked with Building America research team IBACOS to build 20 HERS-58 homes with R-49 mixed attic insulation, poly-iso foam in advanced framed walls, precast concrete basement walls with rigid foam, tight airsealing, and HRVs

  12. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tommy Williams Homes, Gainesville, Florida

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of Tommy Williams Homes who partnered with Building America to build HERS-58 homes with foam gaskets at sill and top plates, fresh air intakes, SEER 16/HSPF 9.5 heat pumps, and tight air sealing of 2.7 ACH50.

  13. Buildng America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: William Ryan Homes, Tampa, Florida

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Case study of William Ryan Homes, who worked with Building America research partner CARB to design HERS-65 homes with energy-efficient heat pumps and programmable thermostats with humidity controls, foam-filled concrete block walls, draining house wrap, and airsealed kneewalls.

  14. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    This case study describes the construction of a new test home in Atlanta, GA, that demonstrates current best practices for the mixed-humid climate, including a building envelope ...

  15. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Treasure Homes, Sacramento...

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

    ... Treasure Homes met all of its objectives at the Fallen Leaf development: to design and build a project that would be cost effective; and would use technology that was reliable, ...

  16. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Passive...

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

    Builders can use this information to discuss space conditioning options for low-load ... A "Plug-n-Play" Air Delivery System for Low-Load Homes and Evaluation of a Residential ...

  17. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Quadrant Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2013-02-01

    Quadrant moved ducts and high efficiency furnace inside conditioned space on nearly all 300 customizable house plans. The builder uses dry, true factory-assembled walls, extensive air sealing, and just in time delivery for pre-sold homes.

  18. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Artistic Homes, Albuquerque...

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

    ... R (Photo top left) Artistic Homes, a New Mexico production builder, completed this true ... heater Solar (optional) * Roof-mounted photovoltaic power system (4.2 to 7.0 kWh) * Solar ...

  19. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Traditional air distribution system. Graphic courtesy of IBACOS, Inc. A "Plug-n-Play" Air Delivery System for Low-Load Homes and Evaluation of a Residential Thermal Comfort Rating ...

  20. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Pilot...

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

    Power and Light are collaborating to retrofit a large number of homes using a phased ... of a Hot-Dry Climate Whole-House Retrofit, Stockton, California (Fact Sheet) ...

  1. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

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

    PNNL and Florida Solar Energy Center worked with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County to upgrade an empty 1996 home with a 14.5 SEER AC, heat pump water heater, CFLs, more ...

  2. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Inverted Attic

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

    Bulkhead for HVAC Ductwork | Department of Energy Inverted Attic Bulkhead for HVAC Ductwork Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Inverted Attic Bulkhead for HVAC Ductwork This occupied test home received a modified truss system to accommodate ductwork within an inverted insulated bulkhead along the attic floor, which saves energy by placing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) ductwork within the home's thermal boundary. PDF icon Inverted Attic Bulkhead for

  3. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Columbia County Habitat for Humanity Passive Townhomes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Columbia County (New York) Habitat for Humanity (Columbia County Habitat) affiliate has been experimenting with high-performance building since 2012, starting with ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes....

  4. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Green Coast...

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

    Orleans, Louisiana High Performance Builder Spotlight: Green Coast Enterprises - New Orleans, Louisiana DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Preferred Builders, Old Greenwich, ...

  5. Health and Safety Guide for Home Performance Contractors

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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 reputations take time to build, but can be quickly damaged.

  6. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Building America Technologies Solutions Case Study: Ventilation System Effectiveness and Tested Indoor Air Quality Impacts Building America Technology Solutions Case Study: ...

  7. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: HVAC Design...

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

    HVAC Design Strategy for a Hot-Humid Production Builder Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: HVAC Design Strategy for a Hot-Humid Production Builder In this ...

  8. Cost-Optimized Attic Insulation Solution for Factory-Built Homes...

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

    attic insulation R-value than is typically installed in manufactured homes. The simplicity of this dense-pack solution to increasing attic insulation R-value promises real hope ...

  9. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home Analysis

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    AvalonBay Communities, which is a large multifamily developer, was developing a three-building complex in Elmsford, New York. The buildings were planned to be certified to the ENERGY STAR® Homes...

  10. Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Rehabilitations of USDA Multifamily Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Rea Ventures Group, LLC, partnered with Southface Energy Institute (Southface), a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Partnership for Home Innovation Building America research team, to...

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Nexus EnergyHomes- Frederick, Maryland

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This new duplex home successfully combines affordability with state-of-the-art efficiency and indoor environmental quality, achieving the highest rating possible under the National Green Building Standard

  12. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Pulte Homes...

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

    to design HERS-54 homes with high-efficiency HVAC with ducts in conditioned space, jump ducts, and a fresh air intake; advanced framed walls; low-e windows; and PV roof tiles. ...

  13. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Challenges of

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

    Achieving 2012 IECC Air Sealing Requirements in Multifamily Dwellings, Upstate New York | Department of Energy Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Challenges of Achieving 2012 IECC Air Sealing Requirements in Multifamily Dwellings, Upstate New York Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Challenges of Achieving 2012 IECC Air Sealing Requirements in Multifamily Dwellings, Upstate New York In this project, the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings team sought to create a

  14. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Transformations, Inc.

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

    Net Zero Energy Communities (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Transformations, Inc. Net Zero Energy Communities (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Transformations, Inc. Net Zero Energy Communities (Fact Sheet) In 2009, Transformations, Inc. partnered with the Building Science Corporation team to build new net zero energy houses in three developments in Massachusetts that achieve a 45% reduction in energy

  15. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Stand-off

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

    Furring in Deep Energy Retrofits | Department of Energy Stand-off Furring in Deep Energy Retrofits Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Stand-off Furring in Deep Energy Retrofits This research project, conducted by IBACOS and GreenHomes America, investigated cost-effective deep energy retrofit (DER) solutions for improving the building shell exterior while achieving a cost-reduction goal, including reduced labor costs to reach a 50/50 split between material and

  16. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Applying Best

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    Practices to Florida Local Government Retrofit Programs - Central Florida (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Applying Best Practices to Florida Local Government Retrofit Programs - Central Florida (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Applying Best Practices to Florida Local Government Retrofit Programs - Central Florida (Fact Sheet) In this project, researchers from Building America Partnership for

  17. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Home: Fort Devens: Cold

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    Climate Market-Rate Townhomes | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Home: Fort Devens: Cold Climate Market-Rate Townhomes Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Home: Fort Devens: Cold Climate Market-Rate Townhomes Twelve townhomes constructed at a decommissioned army base incorporated efficiency upgrades to achieve a HERS Index score of 41 before adding renewables. PDF icon Fort Devens: Cold Climate Market-Rate Townhomes Targeting HERS Index of 40 -

  18. 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...

  19. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home: Building America Solution Center...

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

    Building America Solution Center, presented in April 2014. Lindsay Parker: We're really excited that you can join us today for the session on the Building America Solution Center....

  20. 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 equipment, or demand -response options. Each retrofit will be evaluated incrementally, by both short -term measurements and computer modeling, using a calibrated model. This report is intended to document the comprehensive testing, data analysis, research, and findings within the January 2011 through October 2012 timeframe at the Campbell Creek research houses. The following sections will provide an in-depth assessment of the technology progression in each of the three research houses. A detailed assessment and evaluation of the energy performance of technologies tested will also be provided. Finally, lessons learned and concluding remarks will be highlighted.

  1. Technology Solutions Case Study: Air-To-Water Heat Pumps with Radiant Delivery in Low Load Homes, Tucson, Arizona and Chico, California

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    2013-11-01

    Space conditioning represents nearly 50% of average residential household energy consumption, highlighting the need to identify alternative cost-effective, energy-efficient cooling and heating strategies. As homes are better built, there is an increasing need for strategies that are particularly well suited for high performance, low load homes. ARBI researchers worked with two test homes in hot-dry climates to evaluate the in-situ performance of air-to-water heat pump (AWHP) systems, an energy efficient space conditioning solution designed to cost-effectively provide comfort in homes with efficient, safe, and durable operation. Both systems were fully instrumented and have been monitored over one year to capture complete performance data over the cooling and heating seasons. Results are used to quantify energy savings, cost-effectiveness, and system performance using different operating modes and strategies. This strategy is most effective in tight, insulated homes with high levels of thermal mass (i.e. exposed slab floors).

  2. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    this project, the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team studied the effectiveness of the External Thermal Moisture Management System (ETMMS) as a solution for improving ...

  3. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Research Facility (CRRF) in northern Minnesota, which features more than 2,500 ft2 of ... Retrofits for Cold Climates, Cloquet, Minnesota Building America Technology Solutions ...

  4. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Building America Technology Solutions Case Study: Field Testing an Unvented Roof with ... to Share With Homeowners Unvented, Conditioned Attics - Building America Top Innovation

  5. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Evaluation...

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    Cost-Optimized Solutions, Chicago, Illinois This case study presents information about a ... More Documents & Publications Building Energy Optimization Analysis Method (BEopt) - ...

  6. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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    (DER) solutions for improving the building shell exterior while achieving a cost-reduction goal, including reduced labor costs to reach a 5050 split between material and labor. ...

  7. 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.

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: CDC Realty Inc.,

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

    Tucson, Arizona | Department of Energy CDC Realty Inc., Tucson, Arizona Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: CDC Realty Inc., Tucson, Arizona Case study of CDC Realty Inc. who worked with Building America research partner Building Science Corporation to design HERS-54 homes with ducts in insulated attics, solar water heating, tight air sealing, and rigid foam exterior sheathing. PDF icon CDC Realty Inc.: Centennial Terrace - Tucson, AZ More Documents & Publications

  9. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Grupe, Rocklin,

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

    California | Department of Energy Grupe, Rocklin, California Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Grupe, Rocklin, California Case Study of Grupe who worked with Building America research partner Davis Energy Group to design HERS-54 homes that included PV roof tiles, SmartVent night ventilation cooling; and FreshVent continuous ventilation. PDF icon Grupe: Carsten Crossings - Rocklin, CA More Documents & Publications Outside Air Ventilation Controller - Building America

  10. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Low-Cost Evaluation

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    of Energy Savings at the Community Scale, Fresno, California | Department of Energy Low-Cost Evaluation of Energy Savings at the Community Scale, Fresno, California Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Low-Cost Evaluation of Energy Savings at the Community Scale, Fresno, California In this project, U.S. Department of Energy Building America research team IBACOS partnered with builder Wathen Castanos Hybrid Homes to develop a simple and low-cost methodology by which

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Rural Development,

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

    Inc., Greenfield, Massachusetts | Department of Energy Rural Development, Inc., Greenfield, Massachusetts Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Rural Development, Inc., Greenfield, Massachusetts Case study of Rural Development Inc. who worked with Building America research partner CARB to design affordable HERS-8 homes (60 w/o PV), with double-stud walls heavy insulation, low-load sealed-combustion gas space heaters, triple-pane windows, solar water heating, and PV. PDF icon

  12. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tom Walsh & Co.,

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

    Portland, Oregon | Department of Energy Tom Walsh & Co., Portland, Oregon Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tom Walsh & Co., Portland, Oregon Case study of Tom Walsh & Co., who worked with Building America research partner BIRA to design HERS 59 homes with ducts in conditioned space in dropped ceiling soffits, extensive air sealing, and extensve site water management. PDF icon Tom Walsh & Co.: New Columbia - Portland, Oregon More Documents &

  13. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New and Existing Homes:

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

    Evaluating Energy Savings in All-Electric Public Housing in the Pacific Northwest (Fact sheet) | Department of Energy and Existing Homes: Evaluating Energy Savings in All-Electric Public Housing in the Pacific Northwest (Fact sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Evaluating Energy Savings in All-Electric Public Housing in the Pacific Northwest (Fact sheet) This project analyzes the cost effectiveness of energy-saving measures installed by a large public

  14. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Community-Scale

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

    Energy Modeling - Southeastern United States | Department of Energy Community-Scale Energy Modeling - Southeastern United States Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Community-Scale Energy Modeling - Southeastern United States Community-scale energy modeling and testing are useful for determining energy conservation measures that will effectively reduce energy use. To that end, IBACOS analyzed pre-retrofit daily utility data to sort homes by energy consumption,

  15. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: National Grid

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

    Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot, Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot, Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot, Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Fact Sheet) Building Science Corporation developed a package of high-efficiency measures for retrofit of 42 homes sponsored by National Grid, resulting in energy use of

  16. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing HomesBay Ridge Gardens

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

    - Mixed Humid Affordable Multifamily Housing Deep Energy Retrofit, Annapolis, Maryland (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy HomesBay Ridge Gardens - Mixed Humid Affordable Multifamily Housing Deep Energy Retrofit, Annapolis, Maryland (Fact Sheet) Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing HomesBay Ridge Gardens - Mixed Humid Affordable Multifamily Housing Deep Energy Retrofit, Annapolis, Maryland (Fact Sheet) Approximately 43% energy savings are achieved in a 1970s multifamily

  17. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Affordable Cold

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

    Climate Infill Housing with Hybrid Insulation Approach | Department of Energy Affordable Cold Climate Infill Housing with Hybrid Insulation Approach Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Affordable Cold Climate Infill Housing with Hybrid Insulation Approach The City of Wyandotte started a construction program to engage local builders in constructing energy-efficient homes in existing neighborhoods for less than $100/ft2. PDF icon Affordable Cold Climate Infill Housing with

  18. 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.

  19. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for

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

    Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida | Department of Energy Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida PNNL and FSEC helped Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County build three <60 HERS prototype homes, 30% better than their typical homes at a cost of only $1,500 more. PDF icon Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach

  20. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    to prototype and assess the performance of cost-effective high performance building assemblies and mechanical systems that are not commonly deployed in the manufacturing setting. ...

  1. High Performance Builder Spotlight: LifeStyle Homes

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    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: 56th and Walnut:

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

    A Philly Gut Rehab Development | Department of Energy Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: 56th and Walnut: A Philly Gut Rehab Development Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: 56th and Walnut: A Philly Gut Rehab Development In this project, CPM partnered with the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings team to renovate 32 units in 11 three-story, historic, brick masonry urban buildings. PDF icon 56th and Walnut: A Philly Gut Rehab Development

  4. Technology Solutions Case Study: High-Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates

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    () | SciTech Connect : Technology Solutions Case Study: High-Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Technology Solutions Case Study: High-Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates Ducts in conditioned space (DCS) represent a high priority measure for moving the next generation of new homes to the Zero Net Energy performance level. Various strategies exist for incorporating ducts within the conditioned thermal envelope. To support this activity, in 2013

  5. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Optimizing Hydronic System Performance in Residential Applications, Ithaca, New York (Fact ... barriers and result in higher overall system efficiencies and improved response times. ...

  6. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Conway...

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

    empty school building into 12 high performance apartments with low energy costs. The advanced features included an excellent thermal envelope of closed-cell spray foam and...

  7. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    The study found that the HPWH performed 144% more efficiently than a traditional electric resistance water heater, saving approximately 64% on water heating annually. The ...

  8. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    for heating contractors and hydronic designers for selecting the proper control settings to maximize system performance and improve response time when using a thermostat setback. ...

  9. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    This research effort, conducted by the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, included several weeks of building pressure monitoring to validate system performance of four ...

  10. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes...

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

    Performance of a Double-Stud Cellulose Wall, Devens, Massachusetts In this project, the Building America research team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings monitored a...

  11. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Technology Solutions for New Manufactured Homes, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

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    BA-PIRC

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Building America Case Study: Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Pilot Retrofit Project, Greenbelt, Maryland (Fact Sheet), Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Pilot Retrofit Project Greenbelt, Maryland PROJECT INFORMATION Construction: Existing homes Builder: Greenbelt Homes, Inc., ghi.coop Type: Single-family, configured primarily in sets of 2, 4, or 6 attached homes Pilot Retrofit Project: Envelope upgrade study based on 7 4-unit buildings Size: 800-1,200 ft 2 Price Range: About $70,000-$300,000 Study Period: 2010-2014 Climate Zone: Mixed-humid (IECC climate zone 4A) PERFORMANCE DATA Average per Pilot Home, Normalized Season

  15. 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. ...

  16. 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...

  17. Building America Case study: Advanced Controls Improve Performance of Combination Space and Water Heating Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Fact Sheet), Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Controls Improve Performance of Combination Space- and Water-Heating Systems Minneapolis, Minnesota PROJECT INFORMATION Combined Space and Water Heating: Next Steps to Improved Performance Location: Minneapolis, MN Partners: University of Minnesota and The Energy Conservatory Center for Energy and Environment, mncee.org NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership Building Component: Space conditioning and water heating Application: New and retrofit; single-family Year Tested: 2011-2014 Applicable

  18. 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.

  19. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: John Wesley Miller,

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

    Tucson, Arizona | Department of Energy John Wesley Miller, Tucson, Arizona Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: John Wesley Miller, Tucson, Arizona Case study of John Wesley Miller Companies, who worked with the NAHBRC to build two net-zero energy homes with foam-sheathed masonry walls, low-E windows 2.9 ACH50 air sealing, transfer grilles, ducts in insulated attic, PV, and solar water heating. PDF icon John Wesley Miller Companies: Armory Park Del Sol - Tucson, AZ More

  20. Home Page

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

    Score » Home Energy Score 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

  1. Technology Solutions Case Study: Selecting Ventilation Systems for Existing Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2014-12-01

    In multifamily buildings, particularly in the Northeast, exhaust ventilation strategies are the norm as a means of meeting both local exhaust and whole-unit mechanical ventilation rates. The issue of where the "fresh" air is coming from is gaining significance as air-tightness standards for enclosures become more stringent, and the normal leakage paths through the building envelope disappear. Researchers from the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) found that the majority of high performance, new construction, multifamily housing in the Northeast use one of four general strategies for ventilation: continuous exhaust only with no designated supply or make-up air source, continuous exhaust with ducted make-up air to apartments, continuous exhaust with supply through a make-up air device integral to the unit HVAC, and continuous exhaust with supply through a passive inlet device, such as a trickle vent. Insufficient information is available to designers on how these various systems are best applied. In this project, the CARB team evaluated the four different strategies for providing make-up air to multifamily residential buildings and developed guidelines to help contractors and building owners choose the best ventilation systems.

  2. A High-Performance Recycling Solution for PolystyreneAchieved...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    A High-Performance Recycling Solution for PolystyreneAchieved by the Synthesis of ... Citation Details In-Document Search Title: A High-Performance Recycling Solution for ...

  3. 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.

  4. Performance of a Heat Pump Water Heater in the Hot-Humid Climate, Windermere, Florida (Fact Sheet), Building America Case Study: Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Building Technologies Office (BTO)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Performance of a Heat Pump Water Heater in the Hot-Humid Climate Windermere, Florida Over recent years, heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) have become more read- ily available and more widely adopted in the marketplace. A key feature of an HPWH unit is that it is a hybrid system. When conditions are favorable, the unit will operate in heat pump mode (using a vapor compression system that extracts heat from the surrounding air) to effciently provide domestic hot water (DHW). Homeowners need not

  5. 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.

  6. High-Performance with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier Homes

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

    Rancho Cordoba, CA - Building America Top Innovation | Department of Energy with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier Homes Rancho Cordoba, CA - Building America Top Innovation High-Performance with Solar Electric Reduced Peak Demand: Premier Homes Rancho Cordoba, CA - Building America Top Innovation Photo of homes in Premier Gardens. As the housing market continues to evolve toward zero net-energy ready homes, Building America research has provided essential guidance for integrating

  7. 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.

  8. Think Again! A Fresh Look at Home Performance Business Models and Service

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

    Offerings (301) | Department of Energy 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) 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. PDF icon Call Slides and Discussion Summary More Documents & Publications The

  9. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR - 2014 BTO Peer Review | Department of

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

    Energy STAR - 2014 BTO Peer Review Home Performance with ENERGY STAR - 2014 BTO Peer Review 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

  10. 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.

  11. High Performance Builder Spotlight: KB Home GreenHouse

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  12. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Lancaster County Career and Technology Center Green Home 3 - Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2014-12-01

    This case study describes a unique vocational program at Lancaster County Career Technology Center in Mount Joy, PA, where high school students are gaining hands-on construction experience in building high performance homes with help from Building America team, Home Innovation Research Labs. This collaboration resulted in the Green Home 3, the third in a series of high performance homes for Apprentice Green. As one of LCCTC’s key educational strategies for gaining practical experience, students are involved in building real houses that incorporate state-of-the-art energy efficiency and green technologies. With two homes already completed, the Green Home 3 achieved a 44% whole-house energy savings over the Building America New Construction B10 Benchmark, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (formerly Challenge Home) certification, and National Green Building Standard Gold-level certification.

  13. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Devoted Builders,

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

    LLC, Pasco, Washington | Department of Energy Devoted Builders, LLC, Pasco, Washington Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Devoted Builders, LLC, Pasco, Washington Case study of Devoted Builders who worked with Building America research partner WSU Extension Energy Office to design HERS-54 duplexes with ICF walls, high-efficiency mini-split heat pumps, ERVs, and a spray-foam plus blown cellulose covered ceiling deck. PDF icon Devoted Builders, LLC. - Pasco, WA More

  14. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Shaw Construction,

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

    Aspen, Colorado | Department of Energy Shaw Construction, Aspen, Colorado Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Shaw Construction, Aspen, Colorado Case study of Shaw Construction who worked with Building America research partner Building Science Corporation to design affordable HERS-54 townhouses with central solar radiator space heating, PV, R-28 closed-cell spray foam under slab and R-26 in advanced framed walls, and rigid polyiso on inside of basement walls. PDF icon Shaw

  15. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Impact of

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

    Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid Climate, Cocoa, Florida (Fact Sheet) | Department of Energy Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid Climate, Cocoa, Florida (Fact Sheet) Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid

  16. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Low-Load

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

    Space-Conditioning Needs Assessment, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic | Department of Energy Low-Load Space-Conditioning Needs Assessment, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Low-Load Space-Conditioning Needs Assessment, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic In this project, the research team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings compiled and analyzed the data from 941 multifamily buildings in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions to outline

  17. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Evaluation of a

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

    Multifamily Retrofit | Department of Energy a Multifamily Retrofit Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Evaluation of a Multifamily Retrofit A 37-unit apartment complex underwent multiple energy retrofit measures, including attic and wall insulation, low-e windows, and energy-efficient appliances, to comply with the Boulder SmartRegs Ordinance. PDF icon Evaluation of a Multifamily Retrofit in Climate Zone 5 - Boulder, Colorado More Documents & Publications Building

  18. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Impact of

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

    Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid Climate | Department of Energy Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid Climate Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid Climate This project investigates the impact of air

  19. 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.

  20. Technology Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Indirect Solar Water Heating Systems in Single-Family Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In 2011, Rural Development, Inc. (RDI) completed the construction of Wisdom Way Solar Village (WWSV), which is a development of 20 very efficient homes in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The homes...

  1. Proven Performance of Seven Cold Climate Deep Retrofit Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  2. Energy Performance Techniques and Technologies: Preserving Historic Homes – Volume 13

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

    2011-02-01

    Following Building America-sponsored research, this guide focuses on planning energy-efficient improvements for historic houses while preserving the home’s historic features, being aware of and adhering to regulations related to historic designations, and addressing health and safety issues.

  3. 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%.

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

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

    by adding HVAC, water heater and window upgrades to the ducting, attic and floor insulation, domestic hot water insulation, envelope sealing, lighting and ventilation upgrades. ...

  5. NREL Delivers In-Home HVAC Efficiency Testing Solutions (Fact Sheet), Building America: Technical Highlight, Building Technologies Program (BTP)

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

    Delivers In-Home HVAC Efficiency Testing Solutions Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have recently developed two simple in-home efficiency test methods that can be used by technicians, researchers, or interested homeowners to verify the correct opera- tion and energy efficiency of a home's air conditioning and heating equipment. An efficiency validation method for mini-split heat pumps (MSHPs)-highly efficient refrigerant-based air conditioning and heating systems

  6. 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 study provided a statistically rigorous approach to incorporating the variability of expected savings across the households in the sample together with the uncertainty inherent in the regression models used to estimate those savings. While the impact of the regression errors was found to be relatively small in these particular samples, this approach may be useful in future studies using individual household billing data. The median percentage savings for the largest sample of 6,000 households in the analysis was 32%, while the mean savings was 28%. Because the number of households in the sample is very large, the standard error associated with the mean percentage savings are very small, less than 1%. A conservative statement of the average savings is that is falls in the range of 25% to 30% with a high level of certainty. This preliminary analysis provides robust estimates of average program savings, but offers no insight into how savings may vary by type of conservation measure or whether savings vary by the amount of cooling electricity used prior to undertaking the measure. Follow-up researchers may want to analyze the impacts of specific ECMs. Households that use electricity for heating might also be separately analyzed. In potential future work several methodological improvements could also be explored. As mentioned in Section 2, there was no formal attempt to clean the data set of outliers and other abnormal patterns of billing data prior to the statistical analysis. The restriction of a constant reference temperature might also be relaxed. This approach may provide evidence as to whether any 'take-back' efforts are present, whereby thermostat settings are lowered during the summer months after the measures are undertaken (reflected in lower reference temperatures in the post-ECM period). A more extended analysis may also justify the investment in and use of the PRISM software package, which may provide more diagnostic measures with respect to the reference temperature. PRISM also appears to contain some built-in capability to detect outliers and other an

  7. Promoting High-Performance Homes to Portland Real Estate Pros | Department

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

    of Energy Promoting High-Performance Homes to Portland Real Estate Pros Promoting High-Performance Homes to Portland Real Estate Pros Photo of a woman laughing, looking at the camera. Two Portland, Oregon-based Better Buildings Residential Network members-the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Clean Energy Works (CEW)-are supporting Earth Advantage's Value It Green Home Tour. On September 9, 2014, more than 300 real estate professionals learned about the latest

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  9. Building America Case Study: Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes Phase 2, Southeastern United States (Fact Sheet), Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes: Phase 2 Southeastern United States PROJECT INFORMATION Project Name: Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes: Phase 2 Location: Central and north Florida Partners: Florida Power & Light, fpl.com Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction, ba-pirc.org Building Component: Attic-floor cavity intersections Application: Retrofit, single-family Years Tested:

  10. 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...

  11. 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....

  12. 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.

  13. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Home: Fort Devens: Cold Climate Market-Rate Townhomes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Fort Devens: Cold Climate Market-Rate Townhomes Targeting HERS Index of 40, Harvard, Massachusetts (Fact Sheet), Building America Case Study: Efficient Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Building Technologies Office (BTO)

  14. Building America Case Study: Retrofitting a 1960s Split-Level, Cold-Climate Home, Westport, Connecticut; Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-08-01

    ??National programs such as Home Performance with ENERGY STAR(R) and numerous other utility air sealing programs have brought awareness to homeowners of the benefits of energy efficiency retrofits. Yet, these programs tend to focus on the low-hanging fruit: air-sealing the thermal envelope and ductwork where accessible, switch to efficient lighting, and low-flow fixtures. At the other end of the spectrum, deep-energy retrofit programs are also being encouraged by various utilities across the country. While deep energy retrofits typically seek 50% energy savings, they are often quite costly and most applicable to gut-rehab projects. A significant potential for lowering energy usage in existing homes lies between the low hanging fruit and deep energy retrofit approaches - retrofits that save approximately 30% in energy over the existing conditions. A key is to be non-intrusive with the efficiency measures so the retrofit projects can be accomplished in occupied homes. This cold climate retrofit project involved the design and optimization of a home in Connecticut that sought to improve energy savings by at least 30% (excluding solar PV) over the existing home's performance. This report documents the successful implementation of a cost-effective solution package that achieved performance greater than 30% over the pre-retrofit - what worked, what did not, and what improvements could be made. Confirmation of successfully achieving 30% source energy savings over the pre-existing conditions was confirmed through energy modeling and comparison of the utility bills pre- and post- retrofit.

  15. 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.

  16. Existing Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Pilot Retrofit Project

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-06-01

    In the fall of 2010, a multiyear pilot energy efficiency retrofit project was undertaken by Greenbelt Homes, Inc., (GHI) a 1,566 home cooperative of circa 1930 and 1940 homes in Greenbelt, Maryland. GHI established this pilot project to serve as a basis for decision making for the rollout of a community-wide upgrade program that will incorporate energy efficiency improvements to the building envelope and mechanical equipment. With the community upgrade fully funded by the cooperative through their membership without outside subsidies, this project presents a unique opportunity to evaluate and prioritize the wide range of benefits of high-performance retrofits based on member experience with and acceptance of the retrofit measures implemented during the pilot project. Addressing the complex interactions between benefits, trade-offs, construction methods, project management implications, realistic upfront costs, financing, and other considerations, serves as a case study for energy retrofit projects that include high-performance technologies based on the long-term value to the homeowner. The pilot project focused on identifying the added costs and energy-savings benefits of improvements. Phase 1—baseline evaluation for a representative set of 28 homes sited in seven buildings; Phase 2—installation of the building envelope improvements and continued monitoring of the energy consumption for the heating season; Phase 3—energy simulations supporting recommendations for HVAC and water heating upgrades.

  17. Building America Case Study: Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Greenbelt Homes, Inc. Pilot Retrofit Program; Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-06-01

    In the fall of 2010, a multiyear pilot energy efficiency retrofit project was undertaken by Greenbelt Homes, Inc, (GHI) a 1,566 home cooperative of circa 1930 and 1940 homes in Greenbelt, Maryland. GHI established this pilot project to serve as a basis for decision making for the rollout of a decade-long community-wide upgrade program that will incorporate energy efficiency improvements to the building envelope and mechanical equipment. With the community upgrade fully funded by the cooperative through their membership without outside subsidies, this project presents a unique opportunity to evaluate and prioritize the wide-range of benefits of high-performance retrofits based on member experience with and acceptance of the retrofit measures implemented during the pilot project. Addressing the complex interactions between benefits, trade-offs, construction methods, project management implications, realistic upfront costs, financing, and other considerations, serves as a case study for energy retrofit projects to include high-performance technologies based on the long-term value to the homeowner. The pilot project focused on identifying the added costs and energy savings benefits of improvements. Phase 1: baseline evaluation for a representative set of 28 homes sited in seven buildings; Phase 2: installation of the building envelope improvements and continued monitoring of the energy consumption for the heating season and energy simulations supporting recommendations for HVAC and water heating upgrades to be implemented in Phase 3.

  18. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Zero Energy Ready Home Multifamily Project: Mutual Housing at Spring Lake

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The 62-until Spring Lake project developed by Mutual Housing California is the first multifamily project nationwide to be certified under DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program.

  19. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes: Group Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit for 30% Energy Savings (Fact Sheet)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This project studies the specification, implementation, and energy savings from an energy efficiency retrofit in a group home, with an energy savings goal of 30%.

  20. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Excavationless: Exterior-Side Foundation Insulation for Existing Homes (Fact Sheet)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This project describes an innovative, minimally invasive building foundation insulation upgrade technique on an existing home that uses hydrovac excavation technology combined with a liquid insulating foam.

  1. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Insight Homes, Seaford, Delaware

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Insight Homes of Bridgeville, Delaware, has worked with Building America's IBACOS team to refine its home designs to achieve HERS scores of 49 to 56 on 40 to 70 homes per year. For Insight Homes, energy efficiency sells. Marketing its homes exclusively based on energy efficiency, Insight Homes sold 38 homes in 2009, 54 in 2010, and 70 homes in 2011, and had a long backlog of orders for new homes in 2012. As a builder in humid East Coast climates, Insight Homes pays particular attention to

  2. Building America Webinar: High Performance Enclosure Strategies...

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

    Next Gen Advanced Framing for High Performance Homes Integrated System Solutions Building ... New Construction - August 13, 2014 - Next Gen Advanced Framing for High Performance Homes ...

  3. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: EcoVillage: A Net

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

    Zero Energy Ready Community, Ithaca, New York | Department of Energy EcoVillage: A Net Zero Energy Ready Community, Ithaca, New York Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: EcoVillage: A Net Zero Energy Ready Community, Ithaca, New York Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings is working with the EcoVillage co-housing community in Ithaca, New York, on their third neighborhood called the Third Residential EcoVillage Experience (TREE). This community-scale project consists

  4. Existing Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Retrofit of 1915 Home, Dayton, Washington

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2011-12-01

    This case study lists project information, cost and energy efficiency performance data, energy efficiency measures and lessons learned for a 1915 home in eastern Washington audited by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for an energy retrofit. The asbestos covered diesel boiler was left in place in the basement and a new SEER 16, HSPF 9.4 ductless heat pump with four inside heads was added to cut energy costs over $2,000/year.

  5. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes: Case Study: Build San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    provided technical assistance to Build San Antonio Green (BSAG, www.buildsagreen.org) for three of their deep energy and green retrofits. BSAG is a well established non-profit organization in the community that has certified more than 710 new homes as well as 15 retrofits through its Green Retrofit Program to date. Technical assistance provided by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) team included retrofitting strategy assessments, performance testing, quality assurance, and

  6. Technology Solutions Case Study: High-Performance Ducts in Hot...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    : Technology Solutions Case Study: High-Performance Ducts in Hot-Dry Climates Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Technology Solutions Case Study: High-Performance Ducts in ...

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  8. High Performance Without Increased Cost: Urbane Homes, Louisville, KY- Building America Top Innovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This Building America Innovations profile describes work with Urbane Homes of Louisville, Kentucky, to build a high-performance home that cost $36 per ft2 (not counting the lot).Between 2005 and 2010, Building America research partners worked with 34 builders to construct nearly 3,000 HERS

  9. 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.

  10. Technology Solutions Case Study: Excavationless: Exterior-Side Foundation Insulation for Existing Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2014-09-01

    Building science research supports installing exterior (soil side) foundation insulation as the optimal method to enhance the hygrothermal performance of new homes. With exterior foundation insulation, water management strategies are maximized while insulating the basement space and ensuring a more even temperature at the foundation wall. This project describes an innovative, minimally invasive foundation insulation upgrade technique on an existing home that uses hydrovac excavation technology combined with a liquid insulating foam. Cost savings over the traditional excavation process ranged from 23% to 50%. The excavationless process could result in even greater savings since replacement of building structures, exterior features, utility meters, and landscaping would be minimal or non-existent in an excavationless process.

  11. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: David Weekely...

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

    David Weekley Homes, who worked with Building America research partner Building Science Corporation to design HERS-59 homes with advanced framed walls, airtight drywall, and rigid ...

  12. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Rural Developmen...

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

    Greenfield, Massachusetts DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: New Town Builders, Denver, CO DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study: Dwell Development, Seattle, WA, Systems ...

  13. Building America Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes: Project Overcoat: Airtightness Strategies and Impacts for 1 1/2-Story Homes, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    In this project, the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team studied the effectiveness of the External Thermal Moisture Management System (ETMMS) as a solution for improving airtightness in a roof-only application (versus the whole-house application used in deep energy retrofits). An independent contractor provided airtightness data from two 1½-story homes that used the roof-only ETMMS process. The team analyzed and compared these data to ancillary data from market-rate utility and weatherization programs for more than 250 roof-only, interior-applied energy retrofits on 1½-story homes.

  14. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner Central | Department of Energy

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

    Partner Central DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner Central The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home offers leading builders and architects/designers a timely solution for differentiating their product from existing homes as well as minimum code new homes. The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home label - the home of the future today - makes it easy for consumers to identify high-performance homes that are so energy efficient a renewable energy system can offset most or all annual energy consumption. Zero Energy

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  16. 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,

  17. Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes, Phase 2

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Withers, Charles R.; Kono, Jamie

    2015-04-13

    With U.S. Department of Energy goals of reducing existing home energy use by 30% and new home energy use by 50%, it is imperative to focus on several energy efficiency measures, including the quality of air and thermal barriers. This report provides results from a second-phase research study of a phenomenon generally referred to as wind washing. Wind washing is the movement of unconditioned air around or through building thermal barriers in such a way as to diminish or nullify the intended thermal performance. In some cases, thermal and air barriers are installed very poorly or not at all, and air can readily move from unconditioned attic spaces into quasi-conditioned interstitial spaces. This study focused on the impact of poorly sealed and insulated floor cavities adjacent to attic spaces in Florida homes. In these cases, unconditioned attic air can be transferred into floor cavities through pathways driven by natural factors such as wind, or by thermal differences between the floor cavity and the attic. Air can also be driven into a floor cavity through mechanical forces imposed by return duct leakage in the floor cavity.

  18. 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.

  19. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: New Tradition Homes, Vancouver, WA

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Tradition Homes of Vancouver, Washington, partnered with Building America to design homes that achieved HERS scores of 65 or less. The homes were designed with ducts in conditioned space and incorporated moisture management techniques for durability in the damp Northwest climate. For homes built with crawlspaces, New Tradition employs extensive grading so that the ground slopes away from the home on all sides. Below grade, a sloped trench is dug diagonally across the crawlspace that exits to a

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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 acceptable and even exceptional IAQ by providing adequate general mechanical ventilation, using low-emitting materials, providing mechanical particle filtration, incorporating well-designed exhaust ventilation for kitchens and bathrooms, and educating occupants to use the kitchen and bath ventilation.

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  3. Building America Technology Solutions Case Study: Field Performance...

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

    Building America Technology Solutions Case Study: Field Performance of Inverter-Driven Heat ... with Mini-Split Heat Pumps Building America FY14 Research Projects by Research Team

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

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

    of Energy 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 needed to sell the invisible value associated

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

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

    Department of Energy 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. However, the skills needed to sell the invisible

  6. 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

  7. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: New Traditions...

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

    Case study of New Tradition Homes who worked with Building America partner WSU Energy Extension to design HERS-65 homes with ducts in conditioned space, site grading and drain ...

  8. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Urbane Homes, Louisville, Kentucky

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    none,

    2013-09-01

    This builder worked with National Association of Home Builders Research Center to build HERS-57 homes with rigid foam insulated slabs and foundation walls, advanced framed walls, high-efficiency heat pumps, and ducts in conditioned space.

  9. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: New Town...

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

    New Town Builders, a builder of energy efficient homes in Denver, Colorado, offers a zero ... of Zero Energy Center" linked to its model home in the Stapleton community of Denver. ...

  10. Existing Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Pilot Demonstration of Phased Retrofits in Florida Homes - Central and South Florida Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2014-08-01

    In this pilot project, the Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction and Florida Power and Light are collaborating to retrofit a large number of homes using a phased approach to both simple and deep retrofits. This project will provide the information necessary to significantly reduce energy use through larger community-scale projects in collaboration with utilities, program administrators and other market leader stakeholders.

  11. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: S&A Homes; Pittsburgh, PA

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    S&A Homes, a production home builder from central Pennsylvania, partnered with Building America research team IBACOS and East Liberty Development Inc., and helped revitalize an inner city neighborhood in Pittsburgh when they began construction on several new homes on infill lots. The narrow two-story homes with basements were designed around an efficient HVAC system with a compact duct design that kept all ducts in conditioned space. Open-web floor trusses between the basement and first

  12. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Schneider Homes, Inc., Burien, WA

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Schneider Homes worked with the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program to design 37 energy efficient homes at the Village at Miller Creek, in Burien, Washington. Schneider Homes used analysis from Washington State University's Extension Energy Office, a member of Building America's BIRA team, to determine the most cost-effective measures for significant energy savings. The homes were air sealed according to the EPA thermal bypass checklist. Contractors caulked all mechanical

  13. 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.

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

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

    Sales ... Businesses cannot succeed if the value of their products or services is not ... However, the skills needed to sell the invisible value associated with high-performance ...

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

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    Widder, Sarah H.; Parker, Graham B.

    2013-12-05

    Improving the insulation and solar heat gain characteristics of a home’s windows has the potential to significantly improve the home’s 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.

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

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    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.

  17. Investigating Solutions to Wind Washing Issues in Two-Story Florida Homes, Phase 2

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    Withers, C.; Kono, J.

    2015-04-01

    This report provides results from a second-phase research study of a phenomenon generally referred to as wind washing. Wind washing is the movement of unconditioned air around or through building thermal barriers in such a way as to diminish or nullify the intended thermal performance. In some cases, thermal and air barriers are installed very poorly or not at all, and air can readily move from unconditioned attic spaces into quasi-conditioned interstitial spaces. This study focused on the impact of poorly sealed and insulated floor cavities adjacent to attic spaces in Florida homes. In these cases, unconditioned attic air can be transferred into floor cavities through pathways driven by natural factors such as wind, or by thermal differences between the floor cavity and the attic. Air can also be driven into a floor cavity through mechanical forces imposed by return duct leakage in the floor cavity.

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

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    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.

  19. 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.

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

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    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.

  1. Integrated Design: A High-Performance Solution for Affordable Housing |

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

    Department of Energy Integrated Design: A High-Performance Solution for Affordable Housing Integrated Design: A High-Performance Solution for Affordable Housing ARIES lab houses. Photo courtesy of The Levy Partnership, Inc. ARIES lab houses. Photo courtesy of The Levy Partnership, Inc. Lead Performer: The Levy Partnership, Inc.-New York, NY Partners: Habitat for Humanity International /Habitat Research Foundation, Atlanta, GA Columbia Count Habitat, NY Habitat of Newburgh, NY Habitat Greater

  2. Technology Solutions Case Study: Project Overcoat: Airtightness Strategies and Impacts for 1 1/2-Story Homes, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2014-11-01

    In this project, the U.S. Department of Energy NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team studied the effectiveness of the External Thermal Moisture Management System (ETMMS) as a solution for improving airtightness in a roof-only application (versus the whole-house application used in deep energy retrofits). An independent contractor provided airtightness data from two 1˝-story homes that used the roof-only ETMMS process. The team analyzed and compared these data to ancillary data from market-rate utility and weatherization programs for more than 250 roof-only, interior-applied energy retrofits on 1˝-story homes.

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

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    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.

  4. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Quadrant Homes, Kent, WA

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Quadrant Homes, a Weyerhaeuser real estate company and Seattle-area builder, offers buyers of its "custom" production homes over 300 house plans and 10,000 feature options to choose from. With technical assistance from DOE's Building America program in 2007, Quadrant developed a package of energy-efficiency measures designed to save home owners 50% over the state energy code at the time. Savings were modeled by the Washington State University (WSU) Extension Energy Office (a member of

  5. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: CDC Realty...

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

    research partner Building Science Corporation to design HERS-54 homes with ducts in insulated attics, solar water heating, tight air sealing, and rigid foam exterior sheathing. ...

  6. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: David Weekley Homes, Houston...

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

    partner Building Science Corporation to design Builders Challenge homes in two Houston-area developments that achieved ... Lighting, Appliances, and Water Heating: * 80% CFLs * ENERGY ...

  7. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: David Weekley Homes, Houston, Texas

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2012-04-01

    This builder worked with Building Science Corporation to design HERS-59 homes with advanced framed walls, airtight drywall, and rigid foam wall sheathing.

  8. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Rural Developmen...

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

    Development, Inc., Greenfield, Massachusetts Case study of Rural Development Inc. who worked with Building America research partner CARB to design affordable HERS-8 homes (60 ...

  9. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Tom Walsh...

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

    who worked with Building America research partner BIRA to design HERS 59 homes with ducts in conditioned space in dropped ceiling soffits, extensive air sealing, and extensve...

  10. Building America Whole-House Solutions for Existing HomesBay...

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

    HomesBay Ridge Gardens - Mixed Humid Affordable Multifamily Housing Deep Energy Retrofit, ... Multifamily Housing Deep Energy Retrofit, Annapolis, Maryland (Fact Sheet) ...

  11. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: Imagine Homes, San Antonio, Texas

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2012-04-01

    The builder worked with IBACOS to build HERS-52 homes with spray foam-insulated attics and central fan-integrated supply ventilation

  12. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Pine Mountain...

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

    research partners IBACOS and Southface Energy Institute to design HERS-59 homes with air-tight ... PDF icon Pine Mountain Builders - Georgia More Documents & Publications Building ...

  13. 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.

  14. Building America Case Study - Evaluation of Passive Vents in New-Construction Multifamily Buildings, New York, New York (Fact Sheet), Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

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

  15. BigHorn Home Improvement Center Energy Performance: Preprint

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    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.

  16. A High-Performance Recycling Solution for PolystyreneAchieved...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    A High-Performance Recycling Solution for PolystyreneAchieved by the Synthesis of Renewable Poly(thioether) Networks Derived from D -Limonene Citation Details In-Document Search ...

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

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    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.

  18. Building America Top Innovations 2014 Profile: Cost-Optimized Attic Insulation Solution for Factory-Built Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2014-11-01

    This 2014 Top Innovation profile describes a low-cost, low-tech attic insulation technique developed by the ARIES Building America team with help from Southern Energy Homes and Johns Manville. Increasing attic insulation in manufactured housing has been a significant challenge due to cost, production and transportation constraints. The simplicity of this dense-pack solution to increasing attic insulation R-value promises real hope for widespread industry adoption.

  19. 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.

  20. New Whole-House Solutions Case Study: S&A Homes, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2013-09-01

    This builder worked with IBACOS to design urban infill HERS-51 homes with compact duct layout in conditioned space, foam insulated precast concrete foundations, high-efficiency HVAC, and tankless water heaters