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Title: Building America Best Practices Series Volume 8: Builders Challenge Quality Criteria Support Document

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has posed a challenge to the homebuilding industry—to build 220,000 high-performance homes by 2012. Through the Builders Challenge, participating homebuilders will have an easy way to differentiate their best energy-performing homes from other products in the marketplace, and to make the benefits clear to buyers. This document was prepared by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for DOE to provide guidance to U.S. home builders who want to accept the challenge. To qualify for the Builders Challenge, a home must score 70 or less on the EnergySmart Home Scale (E-Scale). The E-scale is based on the well-established Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index, developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). The E-scale allows homebuyers to understand – at a glance – how the energy performance of a particular home compares with the performance of others. To learn more about the index and HERS Raters, visit www.natresnet.org. Homes also must meet the Builders Challenge criteria described in this document. To help builders meet the Challenge, guidance is provided in this report for each of the 29 criteria. Included with guidance for each criteria are resources for more information and references for relevant codes and standards. Themore » Builders Challenge Quality Criteria were originally published in Dec. 2008. They were revised and published as PNNL-18009 Rev 1.2 in Nov. 2009. This is version 1.3, published Nov 2010. Changes from the Nov 2009 version include adding a title page and updating the Energy Star windows critiera to the Version 5.0 criteria approved April 2009 and effective January 4, 2010. This document and other information about the Builders Challenge is available on line at www.buildingamerica.gov/challenge.« less

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1067976
Report Number(s):
PNNL-18009 Rev. 1.3
BT0101000
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Builders Challenge; Building America; energy efficiency; homes; residential construction

Citation Formats

Baechler, Michael C., Bartlett, Rosemarie, and Gilbride, Theresa L. Building America Best Practices Series Volume 8: Builders Challenge Quality Criteria Support Document. United States: N. p., 2010. Web. doi:10.2172/1067976.
Baechler, Michael C., Bartlett, Rosemarie, & Gilbride, Theresa L. Building America Best Practices Series Volume 8: Builders Challenge Quality Criteria Support Document. United States. doi:10.2172/1067976.
Baechler, Michael C., Bartlett, Rosemarie, and Gilbride, Theresa L. 2010. "Building America Best Practices Series Volume 8: Builders Challenge Quality Criteria Support Document". United States. doi:10.2172/1067976. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1067976.
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