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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 based on a single occupied test house that was designed to achieve greater than 30% energy savings with respect to the Building America House Simulation Protocols developed by NREL. Builders face several key problems when implementing a whole-house systems integrated measures package from a single test house into multiple houses. 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 measures package and the actual utility usage in the houses at the community scale of production. Five occupants participated in this 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. The actual utility bill readings were compared to projected energy consumption using BEopt with actual weather and thermostat set points for normalization.
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  1. IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
June 2014; 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