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Buildings; Zero Energy Homes


The Department of Energy's Challenge Home program provides a standardized platform for application and marketing of Building America innovations in new residential construction and is intended to facilitate delivery of zero net-energy ready and zero net-energy homes that also meet goals for durability, quality, affordability, and comfort. The Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction, one of the Building America research team leads, has partnered with several builders in the hot-humid climate, as they work through the process of adopting Challenge Home. This paper serves to identify viable technical pathways to meeting the Challenge Home criteria in this region and illustrate market response to high performance housing. A further objective of the research in general is to identify gaps and barriers in the marketplace related to product availability, labor force capability, code issues, cost effectiveness, and recognizing value in the transaction process -- all necessary to ensure adoption on a production scale.

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Original Publication: Martin, E., D. Beal, and J. McIlvaine. "Technical and Business Solutions for Zero Net-Energy Ready and Zero Net-Energy Homes in the Hot Humid Climate." Proceedings of the iiSBE Net Zero Built Environment 2014 17th Rinker International Conference, Gainesville, FL, March 6-7, 2014.

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Buildings - Zero Energy Homes


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