Building America Best Practices Series or High-Perormance Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems - JUNE 2007
High-Perormance Home Technologies: Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Systems
Building America Best Practices Series
The U.S. Department o Energy’s (DOE) Building America Program is comprised o public/privatepartnerships that conduct systems research toimprove overall housing perormance, increasehousing durability and comort, reduce energy use, and increase energy security or America’shomeowners. Program activities ocus on ndingsolutions or both new and existing homes, as wellas integrating clean onsite energy systems that willallow homebuilders to provide homes that produceas much energy than they use. In addition to theDOE management and sta, Building Americaincludes seven consortia, our national laboratories,and hundreds o builders, manuacturers, andservice providers. Building America works closely with the U.S. Department o Housing and UrbanDevelopment’s (HUD) Partnership or AdvancingTechnology in Housing (PATH) and works withother ederal agencies to coordinate research nd-ings and disseminate inormation. In addition, DOEco-manages the ENERGY STAR Program along withthe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Thesepartners make the Program a successul source o knowledge and innovation or industry practitionersand government policy makers.The U.S. DOE Building America Program unded thedevelopment o this series o handbooks. DOE alsounded the Building America consortia and nationallaboratories to orm the basis or these best practices.The seven consortia are listed on the back cover o this document. The consortia have taken on thehard work o applied research, eld testing, trainingbuilders, and transorming the results into buildingpractices. Numerous drawings, descriptions, photos,and case studies originated with the consortia.Many builders have chosen to use the Building America process in collaboration with the consortia.Builders are quoted throughout the Best PracticesSeries, and more than a dozen builder case studiesare eatured in this document. These buildersdeserve thankul recognition or contributing toBuilding America’s success, the Best PracticesSeries, and or urthering the application o solartechnology.Building America partners worked diligently on thisproject to urther the cause o energy eciency, solarenergy, and zero energy homes. These groups have voluntarily supplied technical materials, review comments, and photographs. Contributors includethe Solar Rating and Certication Corporation, theFlorida Solar Energy Center, SunPower Corporation,Heliodyne, Inc., Aztec Solar, Aurora Energy LLC.,Decker Homes, Alternative Power Enterprises, Inc.,Solargenix Energy LLC, the Sacramento MunicipalUtility District, Lakeland Electric, the SouthwestTechnology Development Institute at New MexicoState University, Rheem Water Heaters, andSolmetric Corporation.This project required coordination among thenational laboratories. Pacic Northwest NationalLaboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have taken the lead at producing this document.The National Renewable Energy Laboratory madeits library o Building America, solar, and zeroenergy home documents available to the authors,reviewed the drats, and has responsibility orposting the document to the Building America website. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory reviewed the document as well.The authors and DOE oer their gratitude tothe many contributors that made this projecta success.Unless otherwise noted, photographs weretaken by Michael Baechler o Paciic NorthwestNational Laboratory.
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