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BC Housing: Consumer Guide to High Performance Homes
BC Housing online Consumer Guide to High Performance Homes assists consumers in making informed decisions when looking to buy, design or build a high performance house. (PDF)

Building America Solution Center: Building Science-To-Sales Translator
Building America Solution Center online Building Science-to-Sales Translator provides a new glossary of sales themes that can be used across the industry to consistently reinforce the value of high-performance homes.

Building Science: Build Very High Levels Of Energy Performance Into New Homes
Building Science article describes, using this Westford House as an example, how to build very high levels of energy performance into new homes. Use lots of insulation, airtight construction, controlled ventilation, and not a lot of glass. Use real good glass whenever you use glass, use real good appliances, use real good lighting, and after you have done all of this use real good equipment. The real good equipment is now pretty small because you have done the other stuff. And then stop.

Building Science: Community Scale Evaluation Of Affordable Energy Efficient House
Building Science project goal was to create a home with a high R-value enclosure, a right-sized mechanical system, energy efficient lighting, appliances, windows and doors, and also have the possibility of adding site-generated power at some point in the future. This summary includes whole-house performance and systems engineering, construction support, source energy savings and quality control requirements and integration. (PDF)

EQuilibrium: CMHC EQuilibrium Housing Initiative
CMHC EQuilibrium housing is a design and development approach that addresses integrate the following five key principles for sustainable design: Health, Energy, Resources, Environment, and Affordability.

Factor 9 Home: A Prairie Demonstration Home By Rob Dumont
Factor 9 Home is new demonstration home in Regina that will use 90% less energy than a conventional 1970 home of same size, use about 50% less water than a conventional home of same size and features other environmental approaches. (PDF)

Factor 9 Home: CMHC Monitoring Results
CMHC report describes how the Factor 9 Home home was monitored to verify whether it met its ambitious goals for energy usage. It did. (PDF)

GBA: Meet The Tightest House In The World
Green Building Advisor describes an Alaskan home, a 600-sq. ft. building with three windows and 28-in. thick walls, that set a world mark with a blower-door test result far below the Passivhaus standard.

GBA: Rob Dumont's Superinsulated House In Saskatoon
Green Building Advisor describes how Rob Dumont, one of the superinsulation pioneers behind the Saskatchewan Conservation House, built a house for his family in 1992.

Green Dream: Meritage Homes Secret Weapon For High Performance Domination
Green Dream podcast features Meritage Homes discussing homebuyers, how to woo them, and why Meritage is rocking the boat in homebuilding markets across the US.

J of C: Vancouver Passive House Project Shows Energy-Efficient Future
Journal Of Commerce says a new low-carbon, ultra-energy efficient building called The Heights is under construction in Vancouver. The six-storey, 85-unit market-rental apartment aims to be Canada's largest building certified to the internationally recognized passive house standard.

Minto: EcoHome Net Zero Energy Demonstration House In Ottawa
Inspiration, the Minto ecohome in Ottawa has been awarded LEED for Houses’ highest achievement level - Platinum, and has also received the highest score of any home in Canada. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Houses program is the undisputed Green Standard in North America for assessing green homes. LEED for Homes measures energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, water conservation, sustainable sites, location and linkages, materials and resources, awareness and education, and innovation – with points assigned for each measure.

NRCan: EnerGuide Housing Glossary Of Terms
NRCan online encyclopedia that explains terms and definitions used in home energy efficiency and energy performance.

Riverdale NetZero Project: Alberta EQuilibrium Demonstration House
Riverdale NetZero Project combines ultra energy efficient design with three solar energy systems to produce more energy than it consumes over the course of a year.

Solar Decathlon: Online Videos Of 2015 Demonstration Houses
US Department of Energy online 2015 Solar Decathlon videos highlight the various demonstration homes that were part of this years competition. They feature projects that include everything from solar electric power, solar hot water, radiant heating, reclaimed wood and steel materials, living roofs and gardens, and cool designs for any environment.

US DOE: The Performance House, A Cold Climate Challenge Home
US Department of Energy Report The Performance House, A Cold Climate Challenge Home provides details of a high performance test home built on the premise that homes should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, and adapt with the homeowners. The focus was on simplicity in construction, maintenance, and operation, and the technologies and strategies used were not cutting-edge, but simply best practices practiced. (PDF)

West House: Vancouver Sustainable Laneway Home
West House is a made-in-Vancouver demonstration of a sustainable laneway home. It showcases leading-edge small footprint residential design, energy efficient, integrated systems and interactive technologies that encourage a sustainable lifestyle.
Education & Training

Blue House Energy: Online Canadian Certification Courses On Building Science & Energy Efficiency
Blue House Energy provides online building science and energy efficiency certification courses for trades, contractors and energy efficiency professionals.

EERE: Links To US Energy Efficiency Education and Professional Development
US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy offers links to colleges and universities with degree programs or specializations in clean energy fields, community colleges and training centers that offer two-year degrees or certificates for jobs in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and individual seminars, training, or courses on clean energy topics.

Home Energy: Search For Home Performance Trainers & Courses
Home Energy magazine provides a search service for finding home performance trainers and courses. Listings are displayed by state/province, with contact information for the training organization.

NTER: Online Courses In Building Science & Weatherization
National Training and Education Resource provides online learning courses in building science, energy efficient building, weatherization, and others.

Saturn Resource Management: Online Courses For Energy Professionals
Saturn Resource Management offers online courses for test prep and continuing education for energy auditors and building performance professionals.

US DOE: Resources On Energy Education, Training & Career Choices
US Department of Energy site has a broad range of links to resources for general learning, training & careers, higher education and more.
Industry Information

ACI: Annual ACI National Home Performance Conference
Affordable Comfort presents it's annual ACI National Home Performance Conference creating a forum where forward-thinking people can meet to get a wealth of unbiased building science know-how and all the latest product information. Connect with influencers in the home performance and weatherization industry. Share in their knowledge. Learn new ideas. Exchange best practices. Discover new products, technologies and solutions. Forge new alliances. It will be held in Nashville, Tennessee March 19-22, 2017.

Big Builder: Centex Stays Course With Energy Advantage Homes
Big Builder magazine article describes how Centex, one of the largest home builders in the US, is staying the course despite the downturn, with Energy Advantage program. Centex Energy Advantage, is a standard package of low-E windows, insulation, high-efficiency HVAC systems, energy-saving appliances, plumbing and lighting, and an energy monitor.

CWC: Comparing Thermal Performance Of Wood Vs Steel
Canadian Wood Council shows results of a study showing wood thermal performance is better than steel. (PDF) Go to page 8 of report.

EEBA: Excellence In Building Conference & Expo
Energy and Environmental Building Association annual Excellence in Building Conference & Expo brings together builders, remodelers, developers, architects, designers and manufacturers to learn the science behind green and sustainable building practices, to understand new regulations and legislative measures, and to capitalize on increasing opportunities.

Fine Homebuilding: KB Home Mileage Sticker For Household Energy Use
Fine Homebuilding says KB Homes new Home Energy Performance Guide, or EPG, is intended to provide prospective homebuyers with an estimate of average monthly energy costs. The estimated costs are calculated using the home energy rating protocol known as the HERS Index rating, which is based on an analysis of the building's design and performance, and on local utility rates.

Home Builder: Canadian Survey On Importance Of Energy Efficiency To Clients
Home Builder magazine survey of builders and renovators on how important energy efficiency is to their clients asked about level of importance, increase in profits, and sources of information.

PNNL: Transitioning To High-Performance Homes: Successes & Lessons Learned From Builders
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report Transitioning to High-Performance Homes: Successes and Lessons Learned from Seven Builders says as these builders have demonstrated, affordable, high-performance homes are possible, but require attention to detail and flexibility in design to accommodate specific regional geographic or market-driven constraints that can increase cost. (PDF)

US DOE: 2016 Winners of US Housing Innovation Awards
US Department of Energy’s 2016 Housing Innovation Awards winners are recognized as the best in innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes. Awards are given in the categories of Custom for Buyer, Custom Spec, Production, Multi-Family, and Affordable.

US DOE: Challenges & Opportunities To Achieve 50% Energy Savings In Homes
US Department of Energy Building America program report outlines key opportunities, gaps, and barriers that must be addressed to meet Building America’s long-term 50% energy savings goal for homes.

US DOE: Energy Efficiency Trends In US Residential & Commercial Buildings
US Department of Energy report outlines key drivers in building construction and use and resulting impacts on energy consumption. It then discusses impacts of that energy - particularly fossil-fuel-generated electricity - on carbon released to the atmosphere. Subsequent sections describe building and energy efficiency trends specific to the residential and commercial building sectors. The report ends with a section on policy efforts, such as taxes and regulation, intended to influence building energy use. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

EEBA: Energy & Environmental Building Alliance
EEBA is the US association for those involved in energy efficient new home construction, and gives info on industry events and resources, as well as providing education on building science, energy efficiency, and environmentally responsible buildings.

EECN: Canadian Energy Efficient Contractors Network
Energy Efficiency Contractors Network is an organization consisting of contractor associations and partners with an interest in delivering energy efficiency through contractors in Canada. EECN association members include Canadian Hydronics Council, Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association, Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario, Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada, National Air Barrier Association, and Ontario Electrical League.

IRC: Canadian Research Into Zero-Peak Houses
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction is investigating how Canadian homes can become zero-peak power consumers, and to demonstrate a practical zero-peak house. Zero-peak means drawing no power from the grid at times of peak system-wide demand.It can be achieved through more efficient house design, shifting demand to off-peak times with advanced controls, appliances, and changes in occupant behaviour, and local power generation and storage.

US Gov: R&D Agenda For Net Zero Energy High Performance Green Buildings
This Federal R&D agenda contains six major building technology goals that define the major transformational advances needed for energy, water, and material use for Net Zero Energy, high-performance green buildings. Inspired by the building research and owner communities, the goals address R&D needs as well as implementation barriers associated with technologies that could significantly improve building performance and occupant health and productivity. (PDF)
Information Sources

BC Hydro: Free E-mail Newsletter On Energy Efficiency For Homeowners
BC Hydro free monthly e-mail newsletter for residential customers focuses on energy-saving tips and stories. Content includes conservation issues and questions, Green Guides, customer success stories, popular posts from Unplug this Blog!, recent updates from bchydro.com and information about the latest rebates and savings.

CMHC: EQuilibrium Housing InSights & Resources
CMHC EQuilibrium InSight bulletins present specific housing design strategies and technologies implemented in the EQuilibrium housing demonstration projects.

CMHC: Resource Site On EQuilibrium Housing
CMHC provides information and resources on their EQuilibrium housing project that brings private and public sectors together to develop homes that combine resource- and energy-efficient technologies with renewable energy technologies in order to reduce their environmental impact.

EcoHome Magazine: Trends In EcoHome Building Technologies
EcoHome magazine and Web site from building industry publisher Hanley Wood offers practical advice and guidance, highlights of the latest products and technologies, and in-depth articles on trends and techniques in energy efficiency, resource conservation, health and comfort, and building science issues of high-performance homes.

Fine Homebuilding: Free & Paid Articles & Videos On Energy Efficiency
Fine Homebuilding magazine as both free and paid articles and videos on energy efficiency, as well as a wide range of other topics.

GBA: Articles On How To Build An Energy Efficient House
Green Building Advisor offers links to a number of their articles on on things you need to know to build an energy-efficient house.

Home Energy Magazine: Subscription Magazine On Energy Efficient Homes
Home Energy magazine supplies objective and practical information on residential energy efficiency, performance, comfort, and affordability. $75 USD/Year

NRCan: Overview On R-2000 Homes
Natural Resources Canada has a summary of information and links to resources on Canadian R2000 New Home Program. Although it has never made it into the mainstream there are still a good number of builders and customers who know it serves some very specific needs.

Rainbow BridgeTV: Online Videos On Net Zero At Lowest Cost
Peter Amerongen online 6-part video cover approaching net zero energy at the lowest possible cost.
Issues & Performance

BC Gov: BC Building Code Requirements For Energy Efficiency
BC Building and Safety Standards Branch provide resources which are designed to help code users understand and comply with BC Building Code new requirements for the minimum energy efficiency of buildings and their equipment and minimum ventilation requirements for houses and some residential apartments.

CMHC: The Five Essentials of Healthy Housing
CMHC provides an overview on the five essentials of healthy housing, including occupant health, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, environmental responsibility and affordability.

Fire Engineering: Firefighting Tactics For Energy Efficient Homes
Fire Engineering describes some firefighting tactics for air tight energy efficient homes, based on lessons learned by firefighters.

FortisBC: New Home Program Rebates & Incentives
FortisBC has adopted the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes | Natural Resources Canada as the energy performance standard for their New Home Program across the province. You can receive rebates when building a natural gas heated1 ENERGY STAR new home or when installing high-efficiency natural gas appliances.

GBA: Canada's Greenest Home Posts Energy Data
Green Building Advisor says Canada's student-built now has the numbers to back its energy-efficiency claims.

GBA: Disappointing Energy Savings For Energy Star Homes
Green Building Advisor says Energy Star homes are supposed to have energy savings of 15% to 30%. Trouble is, they don't seem to come close. A Houston study shows that homes without an Energy Star label perform almost as well as Energy Star homes.

Home Builder: Canadian New Home Labelling Programs
Home Builder magazine describes 10 new home label programs and 2 energy rating systems in Canada.

Home Innovation: Moisture Performance Of Walls In Energy Efficent Homes
US NAHB Home Innovation Research Labs report Moisture Performance of Walls in Energy Efficient Homes focuses on characterization of energy-efficient walls in a sample of new, occupied homes recently constructed around the US in moist or marine climate zones. (PDF)

MNN: Gains In Eficiency Wiped Out By Increases In House Size
Mother Nature Network says houses are better insulated with better windows and more efficient appliances so energy used per square foot has dropped by a third. But because they are so much bigger, they use up just about the same amount of energy.

NRCan: Canadian EnerGuide Rating System For New Houses
Natural Resources Canada outlines how over the coming months their My EnerGuide page will become a source for all the latest information about the updated EnerGuide Rating System. Natural Resources Canada is in the process of updating numerous aspects of the EnerGuide Rating System for homes, including the rating scale and the reports homeowners receive, in order to provide homeowners with better information about the energy performance of their homes. More than 300 key industry stakeholders were consulted as part of the process of planning these updates, including a nationwide public review period.

NRCan: Energy Star For New Homes
Natural Resources Canada provides information and resources for the building industry on ENERGY STAR for New Homes.

NRCan: Next Generation Energy Standards For Canadian Housing
Natural Resources Canada summarizes its plans for their next generation of housing initiatives for the EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR for New Homes, and the R-2000 Standard.

NRCan: R-2000 Building Standards
NRCan gives you details of the IAQ, HVAC, envelope, and other performance requirements, to build a house to minimum energy and environmental standards so it can be certified R2000.

US DOE: Houses Now Consume Less Energy And Appliance & Electronics Consume More
US Energy Information Agency survey shows home energy use per household has dropped drastically in the US since the 1970s, however energy use on home and consumer electronics has more than doubled in the same period, partially offsetting the gains in heating and cooling efficiency.

Wilden Living Lab: Okanagan Sustainable Homebuilding Project
Wilden Living Lab is a research and learning project that Wilden partners with UBC, Okanagan College, AuthenTech Homes and Fortis BC. Two homes are being built to different standards and with different components. After families have moved in, the energy efficiency of the various innovations will be monitored over three years.
Procedures

Better Buildings: Selling Benefits Of Energy Efficient Homes
Energy Center of Wisconsin online video presentation by Gord Cooke describes features of energy efficient homes and how to translate these features into specific sellable benefits to your customers.

BPP: Building New High Performance Homes
Building Performance Podcast features Matt Risinger on Building New High Performance Homes talking about insulation/outsulation, building science facts/fiction, and the classic dilemma of building anything well: it's complicated.

Builder Magazine: How To Sell More Efficient Homes
Builder Magazine describes how three builders sell more-efficient houses.

Builder Magazine: What Buyers Want In Energy-Efficient Home
Builder Magazine says sustainability is important to buyers, but many are confused by the way it's marketed, according to the latest Energy Pulse survey.

Builder: Builder's Balanced Approach To Energy Upgrades
Builder magazine says homebuyers shopping in Denver’s huge Stapleton development know they’re going to get an energy-efficient home because that’s all the master developer will allow. But Wonderland Homes is betting that its continued success in Stapleton depends on not taking energy efficiency too far.

Building America: Optimized Climate Solutions For New Homes
Building America Solution Center online interactive map provides climate-specific guidance on Building America’s Optimized Solutions for New Homes.

Building Science: Advanced Systems Research On High R-Value Enclosures
Building Science research has determined that a 50% improvement in thermal resistance of exterior wall, roof/ceiling, and foundation assemblies must be achieved with a reduction in materials and labour costs in order to reduce whole-house energy use by an average of 50%. (PDF)

Building Science: Deciding On Energy Priorities When Building New
Building Science describes how reducing a buildings operational energy requirement is the best protection against an uncertain future.

Building Science: Designs That Work By Climate Region
Building Science offers house construction energy efficient design recommendations by climate region, hygro-thermal regions map, climate-specific building science and energy analysis for each house design, and house plan details based on different climate regions.

Building Science: Detailing Toward Zero-Energy Buildings - Part 2
Building Science online slide show presentation describes design details and processes for zero energy buildings. Part 2 (PDF)

Building Science: Detailing Toward Zero-Energy Buildings - Part I
Building Science online slide show presentation describes design details and processes for zero energy buildings. Part 1 (PDF)

Building Science: How John Straube Would Retrofit Or Build For Energy Efficiency
Building Science Seminar presentation by Dr. John Straube describes how he would retrofit an existing home, or build a new one, for comfort, health, durability, and energy efficiency. (PDF)

Building Science: Just Right & Airtight
Building Science says folks are building houses and retrofitting existing houses with increased airtightness, and this is great. They use a blower door to help measure leakage, and this is also great. But then they think that a blower door actually is a precise measuring tool for how air will leak across the building during service. Wrong. Even more serious an issue is to then take the leap that using a wrong assumption about the results of an approximate measurement can be used to decide that mechanical ventilation is not needed. Bad, very bad, and potentially deadly.

Building Science: Residential Best Practices Criteria
Building Science lists some basic characteristics that should be met in all high performance homes for energy performance, durability, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality.

Building Science: Strategies For Resource-Efficient Residential Buildings
Building Science Consortium, one of five Building America teams, describes its integrated strategy to achieve the Building America goals, incorporating advanced framing, improved insulation, simplified HVAC systems, high performance windows, and details that ensure durability of the homes. The consortiums projects to date, totaling 884 homes, have produced in significant and measurable environmental gains. (PDF)

Building Science: The Function Of Form: Building Shape & Energy
Building Science describes how in all buildings, the ratio of enclosure area to floor area is important, and hence simple shapes are preferred and are less expensive to build and maintain.

Building Science: Toward Zero Energy Homes
Building Science online slide show presentation uses case studies to describe design and product features of homes approaching zero energy use. (PDF)

Building Science: Towards Net Zero Housing
Building Science online slide show presentation describes features, benefits and different procedures for building net zero homes. (PDF)

CMHC: Super-Insulated Housing in Yukon
CMHC report Documentation of Super-Insulated Housing in Yukon evaluated performance and return on investment of 10 homes, and recorded lessons learned by their builders.

CMLS: Home Energy Information Guide for US Realtors
US Council of Multiple Listing Services online Home Energy Information Guide assists real estate professionals in understanding how to provide home energy information and can facilitate multiple listing services delivering of verified data. (PDF)

Custom Home: Energy Labels A Powerful Tool For New Homes & Retrofits
Custom Home magazine says like a car's MPG rating, a national metric for home performance is essential for helping consumers make decisions on home purchases and energy upgrades.

EIA: High Performance Houses & Energy In BC
Pacific Energy Innovation Association online slide show presentation High Performance Houses and Energy: Where we are at & where we are going, describes the current state of leading edge building science and technology for new homes in BC. (PDF)

Energy Vanguard: 10 Essential Steps To Building A Pretty Good House
Energy Vanguard says if you're interested in designing, building, or living in a Pretty Good House, here are 10 essential steps you need to take to make it happen. It starts with applying the principles of building science.

Energy Vanguard: 10 Questions Clients Can Ask a Prospective Home Builder
Energy Vanguard says hiring a builder is arguably one of the most important decisions, so here are some questions a client can ask prospective builders to find out how likely they are to do things the right way.

Energy Vanguard: Give Up Using High-Performance Home Term
Energy Vanguard says a marketing firm that focuses on sustainability and energy efficiency sectors says we must stop using the term High Performance Nome unless we’re going to really make the effort (i.e., support with marketing dollars) to make it meaningful to consumers.

Fine Homebuilding: High-Performance Homes Do's & Don'ts
Fine Homebuilding summarizes notes from Mark LaLiberte's seminar Building High-Performance Homes Do's & Don'ts.

GBA: How Would You Insulate A New House In Thunder Bay?
Green Building Advisor answers a prospective homeowner on how best to insulate the walls and foundation of his new house in chilly Thunder Bay, Ontario.

GBA: Net-Zero-Energy Versus Passivhaus
Green Building Advisor discusses net-zero energy versus Passivhaus approaches to building a superinsulated house, and describes how each has its strengths.

GBA: Ten Ways To Improve A New Home
Green Building Advisor describes ten important steps to ensure your new home is an energy miser, not an energy hog.

GBA: The Pretty Good House
Green Building Advisor says finding the right balance between construction cost and energy performance is crucial. Many programs with different metrics can help you to determine how green your home is, but what elements of green building are important when you are designing and building a home?

HEED: Free Software For Home Energy Efficient Design
UCLA easy-to-use software program allows you to see how much energy and money you can save by making various design or remodeling changes to your home.

Home Energy: How High-Performance New-Home Builders Market Their Homes
Home Energy magazine describes how high-performance new-home builders can market their homes, and presents some success stories.

HPBE: What Today's Homebuyers Really Know About High Performance Homes
High Performance Building Exchange says today's builders face clientele who have reams of building science information available.

II: 4 Tips to Help Builders Ace Their Blower Door Test
Insulation Institute describes four best practices that can help builders meet new air tightness levels, as put forward by a company that specializes in residential and commercial energy auditing and code compliance.

II: Do Homebuyers Want Energy Upgrade Packages?
Insulation Institute says builders, ever eager to meet the desires of their buyers, typically offer a dizzying array of choices in products, finishes and designs to suit a wide variety of styles. Yet seemingly few builders offer consumers a choice in homes at varying energy efficiency targets.

IMT: Bringing Transparency To Real Estate Transactions
Institute for Market Transformation says in the District of Columbia, they are taking steps to increase the transparency of real estate transactions and ensure that the green attributes of homes are displayed in MLS listings.

JLC: Common Energy Efficiency Claims May Be Misleading
Journal of Light Construction article describes some issues with common claims and myths about energy efficient products and building procedures. (PDF) Free Registration Required

Professional Builder: High-Performance Home Pitch For Homebuilders
Professional Builder magazine article describes how homebuilder sales teams can make the energy-efficient pitch more appealing to potential buyers.

RDH: Energy Efficient Northern Housing Guide, Cost Optimized
RDH Building Engineering online Energy Efficient Northern Housing Guide covers the design and construction of an archetype energy and cost optimized single family dwelling for Whitehorse, YT. The guide is intended to be used by the building industry to achieve higher energy efficiency than the minimum code requirements while maximizing cost savings from lower energy use. (PDF)

RDH: Energy Efficient Northern Housing Guide, Energy Optimized
RDH Building Engineering online Energy Efficient Northern Housing Guide covers the design and construction of an archetype energy and cost optimized single family dwelling for Whitehorse, YT. The guide is intended to be used by the building industry to achieve higher energy efficiency than the minimum code requirements while maximizing cost savings from lower energy use. (PDF)

US DOE: 30% Cost-Neutral Energy Savings In New Homes In Marine Climates
Building America report summarizes research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in the Marine Climate Region on a cost-neutral basis. (PDF)

US DOE: Advanced Construction Documentation For High Performance Homes
US Department of Energy online Strategy Guideline: Advanced Construction Documentation Recommendations for High Performance Homes identifies differences between the requirements for construction documents for high performance housing and the documents that are typically produced for conventional housing. There are four changes recommended to achieve improvements in energy efficiency, durability, and health in Building America program houses: create coordination drawings, improve specifications, improve detail drawings, and review drawings and prepare a Quality Control Plan. (PDF)

US DOE: Building America Climate-Specific Guidance
Building America online Best Practices guides and case studies demonstrate real world solutions for improving the energy performance and quality of new and existing homes in five major climate regions.

US DOE: Business Metrics For High-Performance Homes
US Department of Energy report Business Metrics for High-Performance Homes: A Colorado Springs Case Study explores the relationship between energy-efficiency ratings and the market performance of several builders in Colorado Springs. It shows a builder's investment in voluntary energy-efficiency programs correlated with that builder's ability to survive the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. (PDF)

US DOE: Guide To 40% Whole-House Energy Savings In Cold & Very Cold Climate
US Department of Energy online Guide to 40% Whole-House Energy Savings in the Cold and Very Cold Climate describes measures builders can use to construct homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% in the cold and very cold climate regions. (PDF)

US DOE: Guide To Building Energy Efficient Homes In Marine Climate
US Department of Energy Building America Best Practices guide, 40% Whole-House Energy Savings in the Marine Climate provides helpful information on: the business case for energy efficiency; whole-house approach to building science; energy-efficiency construction recommendations; site documentation for supervisors and how-to field guides on specific energy-efficiency measures; and case studies. (PDF)

US DOE: Improving New Home Efficiency Comfort & Durability In Cold & Very Cold Climates
US Department of Energy online Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort,and Durability in the Cold and Very Cold Climates is a resource to help builders large and small build high-quality, energy-efficient homes that achieve 30% energy savings in space conditioning and water heating in the cold and very cold climates. (PDF)

US DOE: Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability In Mixed-Humid Climate
US Department of Energy online Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in the Mixed-Humid Climate is a resource to help build high-quality, energy-efficient homes that achieve 30% energy savings in space conditioning and water heating in the mixed-humid climate. (PDF)

US DOE: Practices & Processes Of Leading High Performance Home Builders In US Upper Midwest
US Department of Energy report Practices and Processes of Leading High Performance Home Builders in the Upper Midwest provides insight into the business, sales, and construction processes of successful high performance builders. (PDF)

US DOE: Strategy Guideline For Partnering For High Performance Homes
US Department of Energy online Strategy Guideline: Partnering for High Performance Homes is intended for use by all parties associated with the design and construction of high performance homes. It serves as a starting point and features initial tools and resources for teams to start collaborating to continually improve the energy efficiency and durability of new houses. (PDF)

Waterloo Univ: Evaluation Of High Performance Residential Housing Technology
University of Waterloo student Aaron Grin masters thesis reviews a variety of North American green rating systems and contrasts their energy performance requirements with those of the Ontario Building Code. The literature review shows that homes that use 75% less heating energy than a standard house could be built in the 1980s for a mere 5% construction cost premium, and that significantly more can be done to economically reduce house energy consumption. (PDF)
Product Supply

BC Bid: Access BC Public Sector Bid Opportunities
BC Bid offers a faster, more convenient way to access BC public sector bid opportunities. You can take advantage of their value-added bid-matching and e-bidding services. For an annual fee of $100, you can create your own custom commodity profile and receive matching notices automatically by e-mail. Interested in electronic bidding? This service is also available to authenticated bidders for $150 per year.

Canada Gov: ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiatives For New Homes
Canada government ecoENERGY programs encourage construction of more energy-efficient houses. Their various programs are described here including EnerGuide rating service, R-2000 Home, ENERGY STAR for New Homes, choosing the most energy-efficient appliances & building products, and grants & incentives.

Fortis BC: Energy Efficient Rebates & Offers
FortisBC provides energy-efficiency rebates & offers when upgrading appliances, building new homes or renovating. Choose for homes or for business and select your region.

FortisBC: New Home Program Rebates & Incentives
FortisBC has adopted the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes | Natural Resources Canada as the energy performance standard for their New Home Program across the province. You can receive rebates when building a natural gas heated1 ENERGY STAR new home or when installing high-efficiency natural gas appliances.

GBA: Home Buyers Will Pay Extra For Energy Efficiency
Green Building Advisor says according to a national survey of 116 single-family home builders, developers, and remodelers performed by McGraw Hill in 2013, 73% of those surveyed said that home buyers will pay more for a green home. This is up from 61% in 2011.

NZEH: Cost Optimization Study Of Improving Energy Efficiency Of Homes In Canada
Net Zero Energy Home report Path to Net-Zero Energy Homes: Cost Optimization Study of Progressively Improving Energy Efficiency of Homes in Canada documents the uniform framework for developing specifications in different regions, with specific emphasis on methods used for the energy analysis, housing archetypes, HVAC systems and incremental cost impacts. Energy efficiency targets included 25%, 50%, 75% and net-zero (100%) better than current code requirements. (PDF)
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