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New Partnership to Certify Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes via @edcmagazine

The Energy Department has announced a new partnership between the Department's Challenge Home program and Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) on a voluntary certification process for zero net-energy ready homes. This partnership is designed to provide a seamless path for builders to achieve maximum energy efficiency by providing Challenge Home certification as a first step to the Passive House program. The Energy Department's Challenge Home program certifies homes that are 40 to 50 percent more energy efficient than typical homes, while also helping to minimize the risk of indoor air quality problems and ensuring compatibility with renewable energy systems. Through the Challenge Home program and its original Builders Challenge specifications, the department has certified more than 13,500 homes which are saving consumers more than $10 million each year. Among these certified...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/94633-new-partnership-to-c...

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