Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 3; Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in Cold and Very Cold Climates

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This best practices guide is part of a series produced by Building America. The guide book is a resource to help builders large and small build high-quality, energy-efficient homes that achieve 30 percent energy savings in space conditioning and water heating in the cold and very cold climates. The savings are in comparison with the 1993 Model Energy Code. It includes a chapter for homeowners on how to select a new home or builder in cold climates, looking for characteristics such as: 

  • Efficient windows
  • Compact and tightly sealed duct runs
  • Right-sized and high-efficiency HVAC equipment
  • Ventilation
  • Sealed combustion appliances
  • Properly-sized overhangs
  • Insulation
  • Air sealing

Energy-efficient features can save a lot of money on energy bills, particularly in colder climates. Know what to look for to make your home efficient and comfortable.

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