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The Cool Energy House Project Demonstrates U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Program Innovations

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The Cool Energy House Project in Windermere, Florida, showcases energy innovations generated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program. The project will be shown in February in conjunction with the 2012 International Builders Show.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 24, 2011

The Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA), one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America teams, today announced their participation in the Cool Energy House (CEH) project. The CEH demonstration project is located in Windermere, Fla., and will highlight the use of Building America vetted technical innovations to achieve peak energy performance, all in the context of a traditional remodeling project.

Working in close collaboration with the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings to design and engineer the CEH to achieve peak energy performance, BARA and their industry partners will demonstrate more than 10 proven, energy-efficiency upgrade measures that together will reduce the energy usage of a 1996-“spec-built” home by over 50%. The CEH’s key energy-saving measures include: air sealing and re-insulation; window, door, appliance, lighting and pool pump replacement; mechanical system replacement and air duct sealing; and cool roofing and novel building envelope additions. The home’s energy-focused makeover illustrates cost/performance trade-offs suggested by recently-developed building-energy optimization software (BEopt), created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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