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Title: U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Implementation

Abstract

The intention of this project is to assist home builders in the upper Midwest in achieving DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program certification, and to document the process and outcomes involved in meeting this rigorous standard. NorthernSTAR, in conjunction with our program partner Building Knowledge, Inc., provided technical support to the builders during the design and construction process. At the time of this publication, four qualifying homes have been completed and an additional three are currently under construction to be completed later this year. Three additional homes were excluded from certification due to the HVAC contractor not completing their required credentialing until after completion of the homes, though the energy performance would have otherwise qualified the homes for program certification. Both Amaris Homes and Cobblestone Homes note that participation in the ZERH program provides them with competitive advantage in the market place at reasonable construction costs that also result in extremely satisfied clients who are willing to recommend the builders to friends and family.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [2]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN (United States). NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
OSTI Identifier:
1373346
Report Number(s):
NREL/SR-5500-65314; DOE/GO-102017-4802
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; residential; Residential Buildings; NorthernSTAR Building America; Zero Energy Ready home; high performance home; zero energy; energy efficient; high performance HVAC

Citation Formats

Rothgeb, Stacey K, Schirber, T., Mosiman, G., and VonThoma, E.. U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Implementation. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1373346.
Rothgeb, Stacey K, Schirber, T., Mosiman, G., & VonThoma, E.. U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Implementation. United States. doi:10.2172/1373346.
Rothgeb, Stacey K, Schirber, T., Mosiman, G., and VonThoma, E.. Tue . "U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Implementation". United States. doi:10.2172/1373346. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1373346.
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