By Joel Scanlon
The Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA) declared that it is participating in the Cool Energy House (CEH) project. Located at Windermere, Florida, the CEH demonstration project will emphasize the benefits and role of Building America based technical innovations in achieving peak energy performance.
In association with the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings to design and direct CEH to attain high energy performance, BARA and industry partners will establish over 10 confirmed, energy-conserving advanced measures that integrate to minimize the energy usage by 50% for a 1996-spec-built home. In order to achieve energy efficiency, CEH performs lighting, window, appliance, door, and pool pump replacement, air sealing and re-insulation, air duct sealing and mechanical system replacement, cool roofing and upgrade building envelope additions. The renovations are focused on energy conservation with cost/ performance trade-offs demonstration recommended by the upcoming building-energy optimization software (BEopt), developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Retrofits, remodels, and performance improvement are the potential and beneficial approaches for the revolutionary builders in this competitive market.The present remodeling companies that provide educated strategies for customers focus on helping the customers to take advantage of their home performance, which is good mercantile wisdom. The CEH demonstration facilitates the pioneers in the market in formulating the incorporation of more resolute energy solutions into their projects by serving as an explainer. The interactive exploration will provide multimedia materials and information stations; thereby facilitating an effective communication with certain research results from the Building America program. This will be of much use to the contractors as it provides knowledge about the integration of technical innovations in a high performance retrofit business.