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Building America Best Practices Hot Humid Climates

Building America Best Practices Hot Humid Climates

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Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 1
Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency,
Comfort, and Durability in the Hot and Humid Climate
Michael C. Baechler
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pat M. Love
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
By
HOT & HUMID CLIMATE ZONE
Hawaii
Puerto Rico
November 2004 • NREL/TP-550-36960
NOTICE

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Contents
Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 1 Builders and Buyers Handbook for
Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in the Hot and Humid Climate
Version 1, 10/2004 • TOC-1
HOT & HUMID CLIMATE ZONE
Hawaii
Puerto Rico
MANAGERS
Putting building science to
work for your bottom line
INTRODUCTION
Taking action in your community
CASE STUDIES
Bringing it all together
DESIGNERS
Well-crafted designs capture benefits
for builders, buyers, and business
SITE PLANNERS
& DEVELOPERS
Properly situated houses pay big dividends
SITE SUPERVISORS
Tools to help with project management
TRADES & CRAFTS
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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