With 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 Homebuilders.
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.
ENERGY STAR web site for information on residential energy efficiency, appliances, and home systems.
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