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Yavapai's Green Building Success

July/August 2007
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2007 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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July 01, 2007
Yavapai College's Residential Building Technology (RBT) program has been recognized many times over for its energy-efficient, green, and affordable homes - homes that are constructed by students in the program.
For a small school in north central Arizona, Yavapai College certainly gets big results. The college’s Residential Building Technology (RBT) program has been recognized many times over for its energy-efficient, green, custom, and affordable homes—homes that are constructed by students in the program. This year, the program beat out national home builders to win two Gold Energy Value Housing Awards from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center. Now in its 12th year, the Energy Value Housing Award (EVHA) program selects winning homes from various climate zones and housing types. Submissions must identify and verify their specific energy-saving details such as: advanced framing methods, correctly installed insulation, properly sized, located and installed HVAC systems, air sealing of thermal bypasses, high performance spectrally selective windows, and so on. Other energy efficient practices used in this year’s 12 winning homes included: higher insulation R-values in floors, walls, and attics; PV systems; more ducts and HVAC equipment located inside the conditioned space; and energy efficient lighting and water-heating systems. Yavapai took home two 2007 Gold EVHAs—one for Moderate Climate/Affordable Home and one for Moderate Climate/Custom Home. Longview House The first of  Yavapai College&...

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