Building America Residential System Research Results: Achieving 30% Whole House Energy Savings Level in Cold Climates
Description: The Building America program conducts the system research required to reduce risks associated with the design and construction of homes that use an average of 30% to 90% less total energy for all residential energy uses than the Building America Research Benchmark, including research on homes that will use zero net energy on annual basis. To measure the program's progress, annual research milestones have been established for five major climate regions in the United States. The system research activities required to reach each milestone take from 3 to 5 years to complete and include research in individual test houses, studies in pre-production prototypes, and research studies with lead builders that provide early examples that the specified energy savings level can be successfully achieved on a production basis. This report summarizes research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in Cold Climates on a cost-neutral basis.
Date: August 1, 2006
Creator: (BIRA), Building Industry Research Alliance; (BSC), Building Science Consortium; (CARB), Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings; (FSEC), Florida Solar Energy Center; IBACOS & (NREL), National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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