Putting Technology into Practice

March/April 2001
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2001 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2001
At the Village Green in Los Angeles, new kinds of partnerships and new energy-efficient applications work hand-in-hand.
        Village Green was on target to become another typical project of Lee Homes when the firm got an invitation in March 1998 to attend a talk on the brand new Partnership for Advancing Technology (PATH, see sidebar). Participating in PATH seemed like a good opportunity to learn something new, says Jay Stark, director of development for Lee Homes, so we volunteered our site.The development has become a working laboratory for energy-efficient applications.         Following that meeting, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy asked the Department of Energy (DOE) to assign a Building America Consortium team to work with Lee Homes on Village Green. The team chosen, the Building Science Consortium (BSC), led by Joseph Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit, began by conducting a system engineering analysis of the proposed project. Working with the builder, BSC redesigned the homes from the house-as-a-system point of view. Subsequently, construction of the first of the reengineered houses began in November 1998.         A lot of the technologies that BSC introduced were new to me, while others I had heard about but never worked with, says Stark. As ...

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