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Title: The Performance House - A Cold Climate Challenge Home

Working with builder partners on test homes allows for vetting of whole-house building strategies to eliminate any potential unintended consequences prior to implementing these solution packages on a production scale. To support this research, CARB partnered with Preferred Builders Inc. on a high-performance test home in Old Greenwich, CT. The philosophy and science behind the 2,700 ft2 "Performance House" was based on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, and adapt with the homeowners. The technologies and strategies used in the "Performance House" were not cutting-edge, but simply "best practices practiced". The focus was on simplicity in construction, maintenance, and operation. When seeking a 30% source energy savings targets over a comparable 2009 IECC code-built home in the cold climate zone, nearly all components of a home must be optimized. Careful planning and design are critical. To help builders and architects seeking to match the performance of this home, a step-by-step guide through the building shell components of DOE's Challenge Home are provided in a pictorial story book. The end result was a DOE Challenge Home that achieved a HERS Index Score of 20 (43 without PV, the minimum target was 55 for compliance). This homemore » was also awarded the 2012 HOBI for Best Green Energy Efficient Home from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut.« less
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  1. Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), Norwalk, CT (United States)
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DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308; KNDJ-0-40342-03
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), Norwalk, CT (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B) (Building America)
Country of Publication:
United States
Challenge Home; Performance; energy efficiency; watersense indoor airplus; energy star; leed for home; green; sustainable; accessibility; savings to investment ratio; best practices practiced; hydro-coil heating; condensing boiler; PV; LED lighting; residential; residential buildings; CARB; Building America