Developing Energy Efficiency Packages for ENERGY STAR New Homes
The Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Homes program promotes the construction of new homes that consume at least 30% less energy than homes meeting the 1993 Model Energy Code. Thus far, builders participating in the program have needed an individual Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating for each house certified under the program. Tract-home builders have been reluctant to participate in the program, however, because of the time and cost of HERS ratings, as well as the uncertainty about precisely what measures their homes will need to meet the ENERGY STAR guidelines. To make it easier for large production builders to participate in the program, we have developed packages of energy-efficiency measures that builders can apply to their homes, along with field inspection and testing, in order to receive ENERGY STAR certificates for those homes. This talk describes the development of packages that are as cost-effective as possible for home buyers, while balancing builders concerns about the cost and availability of energy-efficient products.
Energy/Environmental Policy Research Scientist/Engineer, Electronics, Lighting & Networks Group, Building Technology Department, Building Technology & Urban Systems Division
Rich Brown is a research scientist in the Building Technologies and Urban Systems Division, where he has conducted research on energy use in buildings for over 20 years. He leads a team that is working to understand and develop solutions to address the growing energy use of electronics and miscellaneous equipment in buildings. His research interests include energy efficient digital networks, extreme efficiency in off-grid applications, data centers, and field monitoring of miscellaneous equipment in buildings. He leads LBNL's technical support to the EPA Energy Star product labeling program. He holds an M.A. degree from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S.E. in Engineering and Management Systems from Princeton University.