27 Sep '12, 2pm

Building America meeting highlights the fundamental flaws in North American housing and offers familiar to us solutions

The Department of Energy’s Build America Program hopes to transform the U.S. residential building market by creating and promoting innovative ways to achieve 50% energy savings in new and existing homes for all U.S. climate regions. It’s an ambitious goal, but they have the bare-knuckled commitment and technological resources achieve it. This summer, I spent three days at the DOE’s Build America Technical Update conference in Denver. Although the program included eight hours of daily lectures and more than 24 technical presentations, a few dominant themes of interest to Vision 2020 emerged, including: --What innovations are important to future homes? --How do we avoid doing harm with high-performance enclosures? --Why are so many high-performance homes under performing? --How do advancing codes and standards actually get in the way of performance? Emerging technology: Whil...

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