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Green Production Building - Moving Ducts Inside

May/June 2008
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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May 01, 2008
Savvy builders can finance green features with the money homeowners would have spent on higher utility bills.
The green production builder is responding to clients’ wishes to build with the new goals of promoting better occupant health and environmental stewardship. The best part? Savvy builders can finance green features with the money homeowners would have spent on higher utility bills. The utility bill savings are generated by what is possibly the greenest building practice of all—energy efficiency.  The Building Industry Research Alliance (BIRA) is focused on supporting the design and construction of near zero energy homes as part of  DOE’s Building America program. As a member of BIRA, I have the privilege of working with some of the brightest building industry professionals to study advanced technologies and designs that promote Building America’s ideal of net zero energy homes. Even when energy-saving features do in fact save energy, additional work is needed to make them cost–effective in production home construction. The first step is to move from design to practice. The second step is market transformation. And market transformation is taking hold in Washington State, as two production builders implement a highly efficient, yet underutilized, design concept: moving ducts inside conditioned space (see “Chasing Interior Ducts,&...

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