New Report Highlights Home Energy-Saving Measures in Marine Climate

October 7, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program has just released a new guide, Building America Best Practices Series: Builders Challenge Guide to 40% Whole-House Energy Savings in the Marine Climate (Volume 11) ((PDF 19.6 MB) Download Adobe Reader), that focuses on achieving 40% energy savings in homes in the U.S. marine climate zone.

Whether you’re a multi-state builder with managers, sales staff, designers, site superintendents, and installers on your staff, or a small builder wearing many of these hats yourself, this guide can help you understand and apply the latest building science to differentiate yourself in a struggling new-construction market and to meet the new tougher energy codes.

The new guide provides helpful information on: 

  • The business case for energy efficiency, including research on consumer preferences, competitive advantage, incentives, business management tools, and marketing strategies
  • The whole-house approach to building science and special considerations for building in the marine climate
  • Energy-efficiency construction recommendations for architects and engineers on best practices for moisture management, insulation and air sealing, windows, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems
  • Site documentation for supervisors and how-to field guides on specific energy-efficiency measures
  • Case studies describing how builders achieved significant energy savings using Building America practices in the marine climate.  

Visit the Building America Web site to learn more about the program and to find additional publications for the marine and other U.S. climate regions.