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Title: Strategy Guideline: Advanced Construction Documentation Recommendations for High Performance Homes

Abstract

As whole house energy efficiency increases, new houses become less like conventional houses that were built in the past. New materials and new systems require greater coordination and communication between industry stakeholders. The Guideline for Construction Documents for High Performance Housing provides advice to address this need. The reader will be presented with four changes that are recommended to achieve improvements in energy efficiency, durability and health in Building America houses: create coordination drawings, improve specifications, improve detail drawings, and review drawings and prepare a Quality Control Plan.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Building Technologies Program
OSTI Identifier:
1031403
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO-102011-3470
KNDJ-0-40337-00; TRN: US201201%%701
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Work performed by Building Science Corporation, Somerville, Massachusetts
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; COMMUNICATIONS; CONSTRUCTION; DOCUMENTATION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; HOUSES; PERFORMANCE; QUALITY CONTROL; RECOMMENDATIONS; SPECIFICATIONS; CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS; CONTRACT DOCUMENTS; DRAWINGS; DETAILS; DETAIL DRAWINGS; HIGH PERFORMANCE HOMES; QUALITY MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; SPECS; ARCHITECTURE; DESIGN; ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS; Building America; Electricity, Resources, and Buildings Systems

Citation Formats

Lukachko, A., Gates, C., and Straube, J.. Strategy Guideline: Advanced Construction Documentation Recommendations for High Performance Homes. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.2172/1031403.
Lukachko, A., Gates, C., & Straube, J.. Strategy Guideline: Advanced Construction Documentation Recommendations for High Performance Homes. United States. doi:10.2172/1031403.
Lukachko, A., Gates, C., and Straube, J.. Thu . "Strategy Guideline: Advanced Construction Documentation Recommendations for High Performance Homes". United States. doi:10.2172/1031403. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1031403.
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  • As whole house energy efficiency increases, new materials and new systems require greater coordination and communication between industry stakeholders. This report presents four changes that are recommended to achieve improvements in energy efficiency, durability and health in Building America houses: create coordination drawings, improve specifications, improve detail drawings, and review drawings and prepare a Quality Control Plan.
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  • 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 themore » 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.« less
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  • This report has been developed to provide a tool for the understanding and application of high performance lighting in the home. The strategies featured in this guide are drawn from recent advances in commercial lighting for application to typical spaces found in residential buildings. This guide offers strategies to greatly reduce lighting energy use through the application of high quality fluorescent and light emitting diode (LED) technologies. It is important to note that these strategies not only save energy in the home but also serve to satisfy the homeowner’s expectations for high quality lighting.