Feds Award New Residential Energy Efficiency Projects

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Environmental by on July 17, 2017 0 Comments

home innovation logoWith the goal of reducing energy use in both new and existing homes, the Department of Energy is awarding more than $3 million in grants through its Building America program partners, including the Home Innovation Research Labs, NAHB’s research arm.

“These projects will lead to improved home energy efficiency and smarter home operation for millions of American families, saving money on their energy bills while improving health and comfort,” the department said in a press release.

The projects will focus on high-performance building envelope assemblies and systems; optimal comfort systems for heating, cooling, air distribution, and humidity control; and high-performance ventilation systems and indoor air quality.

Home Innovation will work on advanced HVAC equipment design strategies for optimal efficiency and humidity control.

Vladimir Kochkin, who leads the building science team at Home Innovation, said his team is very excited about the work it will undertake through this award.

“In our efforts to develop practical, cost-effective strategies for dehumidification and ventilation for ever more energy-efficient homes, our goal will be to find a ‘sweet spot’ in the HVAC design that allows existing trades and the HVAC industry infrastructure to adapt quickly to new high-performance technologies,” Kochkin said.

“This focus on implementation and adaptability is key given the current shortage of skilled labor in the market.”

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