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Accession Number DE2013-1084180
Title Transitioning to High-Performance Homes: Successes and Lessons Learned from Seven Builders.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 74p
Personal Author A. R. Kora D. J. Stroer D. W. Jenkins K. D. Fonorow M. C. Baechler S. H. Widder
Abstract As homebuyers are becoming increasingly concerned about rising energy costs and the impact of fossil fuels as a major source of greenhouse gases, the returning new home market is beginning to demand energy-efficient and comfortable high-performance homes. In response, some innovative builders are gaining market share because they are able to market their homes comfort, better indoor air quality, and aesthetics, in addition to energy efficiency. The success and marketability of these high-performance homes is creating a builder demand for house plans and information about how to design, build, and sell their own low-energy homes. To help make these and other builders more successful in the transition to high-performance construction techniques, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) partnered with seven interested builders in the hot humid and mixed humid climates to provide technical and design assistance through two building science firms, Florida Home Energy and Resources Organization (FL HERO) and Calcs-Plus, and a designer that offers a line of stock plans designed specifically for energy efficiency, called Energy Smart Home Plans (ESHP).
Keywords Buildings
Energy demand
Energy efficiency
Fossil fuels
Greenhouse gases
Indoor air quality

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 89B - Architectural Design & Environmental Engineering
97B - Energy Use, Supply, & Demand
97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
Corporate Author Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number DE-AC05-76RL01830

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