Performance House: A Cold Climate Challenge Home, Old Greenwich, Connecticut (Fact Sheet)

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By working with builder partners on test homes, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program can vet whole-house building strategies and avoid potential unintended consequences of implementing untested solution packages on a production scale. To support this research, Building America team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) partnered with Preferred Builders Inc. on a high-performance test home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. 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 adaptable to the needs of homeowners. The technologies and strategies used ... continued below

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By working with builder partners on test homes, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program can vet whole-house building strategies and avoid potential unintended consequences of implementing untested solution packages on a production scale. To support this research, Building America team Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) partnered with Preferred Builders Inc. on a high-performance test home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. 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 adaptable to the needs of homeowners. The technologies and strategies used in the "Performance House" were best practices rather than cutting edge, with a focus on simplicity in construction, maintenance, and operation. Achieving 30% source energy savings compared with a home built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code in the cold climate zone requires that nearly all components and systems be optimized. Careful planning and design are critical. The end result was a DOE Challenge Home that achieved a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score of 20 (43 without photovoltaics [PV]).

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  • Related Information: Building America Case Study: Whole-House Solutions for New Homes, Building Technologies Office (BTO)

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  • Report No.: DOE/GO-102013-4098
  • Grant Number: AC36-08GO28308
  • DOI: 10.2172/1105083 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1105083
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc870436

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Performance House: A Cold Climate Challenge Home, Old Greenwich, Connecticut (Fact Sheet), report, November 1, 2013; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc870436/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.