Title

Commissioning High Performance Residences in Hot, Humid Climates

Secondary Author(s)

Chandra, Subrato; McIlvaine, Janet; Colon, Carlos

Report Number

FSEC-PF-430-07

URL

http://publications.energyresearch.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FSEC-PF-430-07.pdf

Keywords

Hot Humid Climates; Buildings

Abstract

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 productionbuilders 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 tradesoften 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 highperformance homes.

Date Published

11-1-2007

Subjects

Buildings; Hot Humid Climates

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