HVAC Loads in High-Performance Homes

This presentation was delivered at the ASHRAE 2010 Annual Summer Conference on June 27, 2010, and addresses humidity and AC loads in energy-efficient houses.

Development of an Energy-Savings Calculation Methodology for Residential Miscellaneous Electric Loads

In order to meet whole-house energy savings targets beyond 50 percent in residential buildings, it will be essential that new technologies and systems approaches be developed to address miscellaneous electric loads (MELs).

Method for Evaluating Energy Use of Dishwashers, Clothes Washers, and Clothes Dryers

Building America teams are researching opportunities to improve energy efficiency for more challenging end-uses, such as lighting, appliances and miscellaneous electric loads, which are all heavily dependent on occupant behavior and product choices. As modern appliances become more sophisticated the...

Whole-House Energy Analysis Procedures for Existing Homes

This research lists a proposed set of guidelines for analyzing the energy savings achieved by a package of retrofits or an extensive rehabilitation of an existing home.

Low Standby Power, Purchasing Specifications For Energy-Efficient Products

To make sure you're being as green as possible, know what to look for when purchasing low standby power products such as computers and televisions.

Wind Resource Assessments and Mapping; Knowing and Showing Where the Wind Resource Can be Found

Wind energy is one of the most energy-efficient sources available. But location plays a big factor in its effectiveness. The National Wind Technology Center has mapped out the best places for for wind resourcing.

From Tragedy to Triumph - Rebuilding Green Homes after Disaster

Rebuilding your home after a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, or tornado can be daunting. You can turn a tragedy into an opportunity to create a healthier, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient home by rebuilding your next home green.

Wind Energy Ordinances

Before installing a wind energy system, you'll need to know the ins and outs of your local ordinances. Many communities are just now starting to to develop plans for these projects.

2009 Renewable Energy Data Book

This Renewable Energy Data Book for 2009 provides facts and figures on energy in general, renewable electricity in the United States, global renewable energy development, wind power, solar energy, geothermal power, biopower, hydropower, advanced water power, hydrogen, renewable fuels and clean energy investments.

Building America House Simulation Protocols

This report was created to track and manage progress toward Building America's multi-year, average whole-building energy reduction research goals for new construction and existing homes. It summarizes the guidelines for developing and reporting these analytical results in a consistent and...

Making Cents Out of Solar: Put More Power Into Your Building Plans

This brochure, developed specifically for residential home builders, provides information on basic solar facts, selling tips and important resources when incorporating solar technologies into building plans.

Evaluation of Affordable Prototype Houses at Two Levels of Energy Efficiency

Two high-performance prototype houses were constructed in Carbondale, Colo. as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America (BA) Program. Both were similarly sized and one was designed with an expanded package of energy efficiency measures. The test results were used as inputs for the purpose of calculating annual energy savings.

Identifying Inefficient Single-Family Homes With Utility Bill Analysis

Differentiating between energy-efficient and inefficient single- family homes helps identify and prioritize candidates for energy-efficiency upgrades.

Photovoltaics (PV) as an Eligible Measure in Residential PACE Programs: Benefits and Challenges

A major barrier to investing in renewable energy improvements to homes across is the initial capital cost. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is one of several new financial models broadening access to clean energy by addressing this issue.

Residential Dishwashers, Purchasing Specifications for Energy-Efficient Products

When purchasing residential dishwashers, follow specifications on what qualifies as a green, ENERGY STAR certified products.

Breakeven Cost for Residential Photovoltaics in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities

This analysis provides a look at the trends and sensitivies in reaching the point where the cost of a photovoltaic system equals the cost of electricity purchased from the grid.

Solar Leasing for Residential Photovoltaic Systems

Residential solar leases have leveraged two commercial tax credits for homeowners. Also, solar lease programs require little or no up-front cash to participate. They may be an attractive option for homeowners considering installing residential PV systems to generate solar electricity.

36 Ways to Save Energy and Money - Right Now!

The U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Hawaii's Clean Energy Initiative have listed 36 ways to save energy and money at the office, at home and in the car.

Ducts in the Attic? What Were They Thinking?

As energy-efficiency efforts focus increasingly on existing homes, many construction decisions made decades ago seem inefficient, including duct location in the attic. This analysis focuses on the impact duct location has on cooling load, peak demand and energy cost in hot climates.

New American Home 2010: Las Vegas, Nevada, Building Technologies Program

An overview of The New American Home, which is built annually for the International Builders’ Show to demonstrate innovative new products, construction techniques, technologies, and designs to the housing industry. This particular home was built in Las Vegas.

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