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Title: Energy Evaluation of a New Construction Pilot Community: Fresno, California

A new construction pilot community was constructed by builder-partner Wathen-Castanos Hybrid Homes (WCHH) based on a single occupied test house that was designed to achieve greater than 30% energy savings with respect to the House Simulation Protocols (Hendron, Robert; Engebrecht, Cheryn (2010). Building America House Simulation Protocols. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory). Builders face several key problems when implementing a whole-house systems integrated measures package (SIMP) from a single test house into multiple houses. Although a technical solution already may have been evaluated and validated in an individual test house, the potential exists for constructability failures at the community scale. This report addresses factors of implementation and scalability at the community scale and proposes methodologies by which community-scale energy evaluations can be performed based on results at the occupied test house level. Research focused on the builder and trade implementation of a SIMP and the actual utility usage in the houses at the community scale of production. Five occupants participated in this community-scale research by providing utility bills and information on occupancy and miscellaneous gas and electric appliance use for their houses. IBACOS used these utility data and background information to analyze the actual energy performance of the houses.more » Verification with measured data is an important component in predictive energy modeling. The actual utility bill readings were compared to projected energy consumption using BEopt with actual weather and thermostat set points for normalization.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1136574
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO-102014-4433
KNDJ-0-40341-03
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Work performed by IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Office
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; RESIDENTIAL; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; IBACOS; BUILDING AMERICA; COMMUNITY SCALE; NEW CONSTRUCTION PILOT COMMUNITY; IMPLEMENTATION AND SCALABILITY; PREDICTIVE ENERGY MODELING; UTILITY BILLS; SYSTEMS INTEGRATED MEASURES PACKAGE (SIMP); HOUSE SIMULATION PROTOCOLS; TEST METHODS; SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED HOME; Buildings