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Building America Best Practices Mixed Humid Climates

Building America Best Practices Mixed Humid Climates

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September 2005 • NREL/TP-550-38448
Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 4
Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency,
U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Bringing you a prosperous future where energy is clean, abundant, reliable, and affordable
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Comfort, and Durability in the Mixed-Humid Climate
MIXED-HUMID
CLIMATE
MANAGERS

Putting building
science to work for
your bottom line

INTRODUCTION
Taking action in
your community
CASE STUDIES
Bringing it all together
SITE PLANNERS
& DEVELOPERS
Properly situated houses
pay big dividends
SITE SUPERVISORS
Tools to help with
project management
DESIGNERS
Well-crafted designs
capture benefits for builders,
buyers, and business
TRADES
Professional tips for fast
and easy installation
MARKETERS

Energy efficiency
delivers the value that
customers demand

HOMEOWNERS
Shopping for value,
comfort, and quality
Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 4 Builders and Buyers Handbook for
Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in the Mixed-Humid Climate
Version 1, 9/2005 • TTL-1
Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 4
Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency,
Comfort, and Durability in the Mixed-Humid Climate
Prepared by
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Michael C. Baechler
Z. Todd Taylor, Rosemarie Bartlett, Theresa Gilbride, Marye Hefty, Heidi Steward
and
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Pat M. Love
Jennifer A. Palmer
DISCLAIMER

This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor Battelle Memorial Institute, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof, or Battelle Memorial Institute. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

Contents
Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 4 Builders and Buyers Handbook for
Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in the Mixed-Humid Climate
Version 1, 9/2005 • TOC-1
MANAGERS

Putting building
science to work for
your bottom line

INTRODUCTION
Taking action in
your community
CASE STUDIES
Bringing it all together
SITE PLANNERS
& DEVELOPERS
Properly situated houses
pay big dividends
SITE SUPERVISORS
Tools to help with
project management
DESIGNERS
Well-crafted designs
capture benefits for builders,
buyers, and business
TRADES
Professional tips for fast
and easy installation
MARKETERS

Energy efficiency
delivers the value that
customers demand

HOMEOWNERS
Shopping for value,
comfort, and quality
Introduction............................................................INT-1
Homeowners.........................................................HOM-1

Quick Tips: Homeowners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOM-1 You’re in Good Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOM-1 How Quality Houses Perform............................................HOM-2 An Energy-Efficient Home Will Cost You Less. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOM-3 Energy-Efficient Mortgages Can Help You Get More for Your Money. . . . . . . . .HOM-3 What’s the Score? (HERS)...............................................HOM-4 Guaranteed Energy Costs and Comfort....................................HOM-5 And There’s More - More Green for You and More Green for the Planet. . . . . . .HOM-5 What to Look For......................................................HOM-6 Sources and Additional Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOM-6 Homebuyer’s Checklist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOM-7

Managers.............................................................MNG-1

An Invitation to Building Company Managers..............................MNG-1 Building America. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MNG-1 Quick Tips: Managers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MNG-1 The Business Case for Building Science and Energy Efficiency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MNG-2 Properly Choosing Materials and Equipment...............................MNG-2 Reduced Risks, Increased Productivity, and Fewer Callbacks..................MNG-3 From an Economic Standpoint, Everyone Wins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MNG-3 Customer Satisfaction and Referrals.......................................MNG-3 Consumers Expect More. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MNG-4 Competitive Advantage in the Marketplace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MNG-4 Take the Next Step.....................................................MNG-5 Case Studies...........................................................MNG-5 Sources and Additional Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MNG-5

Marketers.............................................................MKT-1

ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes: Telling Your Story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MKT-1 Quick Tips: Marketers...................................................MKT-1 Increase Customer Satisfaction and Let Your Customers Sell Your Product.......MKT-2 Sell the Value that Home Buyers Expect....................................MKT-2 How Industry Leaders Sell Energy-Efficient Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MKT-2 Sources and Additional Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .MKT-4

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