Approaches to 30% Energy Savings at the Community Scale in the Hot-Humid Climate

Stacey Rothgeb, Stacey Rothgeb (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


BA-PIRC has worked with several community-scale builders within the hot humid climate zone to improve performance of production, or community scale, housing. Tommy Williams Homes (Gainesville, FL), Lifestyle Homes (Melbourne, FL), and Habitat for Humanity (various locations, FL) have all been continuous partners of the BA Program and are the subjects of this report to document achievement of theBuilding America goal of 30% whole house energy savings packages adopted at the community scale. The scope of this report is to demonstrate achievement of these goals though the documentation of production-scale homes built cost-effectively at the community scale, and modeled to reduce whole-house energy use by 30% in the Hot Humid climate region. Key aspects of this research include determininghow to evolve existing energy efficiency packages to produce replicable target savings, identifying what builders' technical assistance needs are for implementation and working with them to create sustainable quality assurance mechanisms, and documenting the commercial viability through neutral cost analysis and market acceptance. This report documents certain barriers builders overcame and theapproaches they implemented in order to accomplish Building America (BA) Program goals that have not already been documented in previous reports.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Work performed by BA-PIRC (FRSEC), Cocoa, Florida

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-57823

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102013-3892


  • Building America
  • Building America Partnership for improved residential construction (ba-pirc)
  • cost effectiveness
  • high performance affordable housing
  • high performance production housing
  • hot humid climate
  • marketability residential
  • residential buildings


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