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Title: Housing Archetype Analysis for Home Energy-Efficient Retrofit in the Great Lakes Region

This project report details activities and results of the "Market Characterization" project undertaken by the Cost Effective Energy Retrofit (CEER) team targeted toward the DOE goal of achieving 30%-50% reduction in existing building energy use. CEER consists of members from the Dow Chemical Company, Michigan State University, Ferris State University, and Habitat for Humanity Kent County. The purpose of this market characterization project was to identify housing archetypes which are dominant within the Great Lakes region and therefore offer significant potential for energy-efficient retrofit research and implementation due to the substantial number of homes possessing similar characteristics. Understanding the characteristics of housing groups referred to as "archetypes" by vintage, style, and construction characteristics can allow research teams to focus their retrofit research and develop prescriptive solutions for those structure types which are prevalent and offer high potential uptake within a region or market.
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  1. Cost Effective Energy Retrofit (CEER) Team, Midland, MI (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Cost Effective Energy Retrofit (CEER) Team, Midland, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
market characterization; Cost Effective Energy Retrofit; housing archetypes; energy-efficient; retrofit; archetypes; Michigan; Michigan State University; Ferris State University; Grand Rapids; Ann Arbor; Habitat for Humanity; Kent County; Great Lakes; American Housing Survey; archetectural styles; Midwest; Queen Anne; Cold Climate; Taxonomy; housing characteristics; housing stock