Some Research Begins at Home

November/December 2003
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2003 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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November 01, 2003
        At Integrated Building and Construction Solutions (IBACOS), our mission is to enable the industry to build high-quality homes.To further that mission, IBACOS is constantly looking for opportunities to research, evaluate, and test new systems and methods used to design and build homes to higher levels of performance. Cost and time constraints often prevent production home builders from fully exploring innovative design and construction strategies. In 2002 and 2003, IBACOS had the opportunity to take a home “off line” and dig into the practices necessary to design and build to extremely high levels of performance— in terms of occupant safety, health, and comfort, as well as building durability and efficiency.         Why was IBACOS able to take such liberties in this home? It happens to be the new home of IBACOS cofounder and Chief Technology Officer Brad Oberg and his family. Currently, the home is occupied, and IBACOS is collecting performance data. IBACOS is funded in part by Building America, an industry-driven, cost-shared program sponsored by DOE through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (For more on the Building America program, see “Building America: Innovation in Home Building,&...

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