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Title: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Design Strategy for a Hot-Humid Production Builder

Building Science Corporation (BSC) worked directly with the David Weekley Homes - Houston division to develop a cost-effective design for moving the HVAC system into conditioned space. In addition, BSC conducted energy analysis to calculate the most economical strategy for increasing the energy performance of future production houses in preparation for the upcoming code changes in 2015. This research project addressed the following questions: 1. What is the most cost effective, best performing and most easily replicable method of locating ducts inside conditioned space for a hot-humid production home builder that constructs one and two story single family detached residences? 2. What is a cost effective and practical method of achieving 50% source energy savings vs. the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code for a hot-humid production builder? 3. How accurate are the pre-construction whole house cost estimates compared to confirmed post construction actual cost?
  1. Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (United States)
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DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308; KNDJ-0-40337-03
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Building Science Corporation, Somerville, MA (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
residential; Residential Buildings; BSC; Building America; duct design; IECC; energy efficiency; energy models; dropped ceilings; HVAC; duct coffer​