Energy Retrofit Field Study and Best Practices in a Hot-Humid Climate

Stacey Rothgeb, Stacey Rothgeb (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Energy efficiency improvement as a component of comprehensive renovation was investigated under U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding of the Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction (BA-PIRC). Researchers at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) worked with affordable housing partners renovating foreclosed homes built from the 1950's through the 2000's in thehot-humid climate (within the Southern census region), primarily in Florida. Researchers targeted a 30% improvement in whole-house energy efficiency along with the health and safety, durability, and comfort guidelines outlined in DOE's Builders Challenge Program (Version 1) Quality Criteria.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages86
StatePublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction, Cocoa, Florida

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-57827

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102013-3896


  • academia/researcher
  • affordable housing
  • analysis - data
  • analysis - modeling
  • builder/contractor
  • climate category - humid
  • codes
  • construction - existing homes
  • deep energy enclosure retrofits (DER)
  • design standards
  • energ
  • existing homes
  • field test results
  • foreclosed homes
  • hot-humid climates
  • HUD
  • NSP classification description: humid
  • retrofit best practices
  • whole-house energy improvement


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