13 Feb '18, 11am

A Better Way to Encourage Efficient New Homes

A Better Way to Encourage Efficient New Homes

Building a more energy efficient home can employ many different approaches. The builder can use more insulation and better windows, they can install ductless heating and cooling systems, they can orient the house to collect sunshine through the windows in winter and shade them in summer, they can seal leaks in the walls and ceilings and assure healthy indoor air 24/7 by providing reliable mechanical ventilation with energy recovery, they can use cool roofs , and the list goes on... Traditional building energy codes and efficiency incentives have focused on promoting one or several of these technologies in an inflexible package, requiring specified amounts of insulation in the floor, walls, and roofs, specified heating and cooling efficiency, specified air leakage…. This prescriptive approach succeeds at improving efficiency at low cost, but does not give credit for energy ...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/david-b-goldstein/better-way...

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