energy costs rising and increasing public concern for the environment, the
building science community has the opportunity and responsibility of
incorporating energy efficiency and green building strategies into
mainstream residential construction.
The purpose of this project was to implement an Energy Efficient and
Green Technology Building Template in partnership with selected Maryland
There were two primary initiatives in this project. The first task was
the construction of 3 new townhouses, using Building America
energy-efficiency guidelines, to reduce total source energy consumption by
30% when compared to the typical 1990s construction (Building America
Benchmark Definition 12/29/04). Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse (SBER)
provided the 3 townhouses for the case study utilized within this report.
The second component was the rehabilitation of 5 rowhouses to reduce
total source energy consumption by 20% when compared to the 1990s
construction. A case study of 5 rowhouses rehabilitated by the Chesapeake
Habitat for Humanity (CHfH) will be discussed within this report.
See the ENERGY STAR web site
for information on residential energy efficiency, appliances, and home
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755, Baltimore, MD 21230