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Residential Buildings

Energy Modeling at Each Design Phase: Strategies to Minimize Design Energy Use

Design teams often use energy modeling as an accounting or code compliance tool to establish that minimum requirements are met. Used in this way, significant opportunities to inform and improve building design are overlooked. Properly used, energy modeling can provide outputs that optimize a building’s energy consumption, reduce life cycle…

Barriers and Breakthroughs for Multitenant Developments

In owner-occupied facilities, it is easy to justify the incorporation of high-performance building features because commonly recognized hard and soft benefits (cost savings, productivity gains, improved occupant health, etc.) are directly recovered by the investment entity. Developers or owners of multitenant office buildings and retail developments, on the other hand,…

Smart Garage Charrette Preread Core

The Smart Garage Charrette Preread Core gives the most important background on the Smart Garage vision (united vehicles, the grid, and buildings through vehicle electrification), technologies, modeling, and market analysis, including hot topics as of October 2008.

Home Energy Briefs: #9 Whole System Design

This Home Energy Brief focuses on whole-system design. The Brief covers the application of whole-system design to a building envelope, building materials, and the cost and financing of whole-system design. The Brief introduces the synergies that exist between thermal mass, windows, and other components of passive solar design. This process…

Home Energy Briefs: #6 Cleaning Appliances

This Home Energy Brief focuses on cleaning appliances. The Brief covers cold water washing, efficient dryers, and dishwashers. Dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers all use a lot of energy and water and are responsible for a significant portion of the average household’s energy bill. Often, this warrants a change…