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Don Ferrier: Model Builder: The Fort Worth-area builder has made a career out of building green...

Don Ferrier: Model Builder: The Fort Worth-area builder has made a career out of building green...

Credit: Terri Glanger Photography Enlarge Close Don Ferrier first learned about energy modeling in 2004, when he was about to start construction on Heather’s House, a breakthrough project named for (and now occupied by) his daughter that put residential building science under the microscope of actual practice. Pegged as a Building America project, the house underwent an energy modeling analysis by Building Science Corp., a Boston-based consortium partner in the DOE program. The process enlightened Ferrier to the benefits of such scrutiny and became a tool to improve his practices, alter his specs, and push the envelope of energy efficiency and overall housing performance. “The parameters of Heather’s House were that anything with a cost premium had to pay back in five years or less,” says Ferrier. “We gained a lot of insight comparing the initial costs and energy savings o...

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