Secondary Author(s)

Chandra, Subrato; McIlvaine, Janet; Colon, Carlos

Report Number




Hot Humid Climates; Buildings


Since 2001, the authors have engaged several builders in the Gainesville, FL area to build over 500 high performance new energy efficient homes in multiple sub divisions. The builders keep building to increased levels of energy efficiency. Each home is individually designed, inspected, rated and commissioned for optimum performance. This paper summarizes the experiences to date with two production builders who have cost shared with the Building America program to deliver these outstanding results. Keys to success are commitment from the final decision maker; scopes of work for subcontractors with specific performance criteria; clear communication with the trades often accompanied by training and education activities; independent third party testing, commissioning and feedback to builder; ongoing training of sales staff and model center displays and finally extensive marketing that educates the consumers about the benefits of high performance homes.

Date Published



Original Publication: Fonorow, K., Chandra, S., McIlvaine, J., Colon, C., "Commissioning High Performance Residences in Hot, Humid Climates", 7th International Conference for Enhanced Building Operations, November 1-2, 2007, San Francisco, California.

Local Subjects

Buildings; Hot Humid Climates


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