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DOE Completes its Five-Volume Series on Best Practices for Builders
DOE's Building America program released on December 6th the fifth and final volume in its handbook series on regional best practices for builders and homebuyers. The new volume, "Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in the Marine Climate," provides energy efficiency tips and outlines steps for builders in the marine climate zone to reach 30 percent energy savings in space heating and cooling and water heating. The marine climate zone is a narrow band on the west coast of North America that runs from the Canadian border south to the border between Ventura and Los Angeles counties in California. The handbook includes chapters for each member of the building team, including homeowners, managers, marketers, site planners, designers, and site supervisors. Real-life case studies highlight the energy efficiency efforts of builders in the marine climate zone.
The handbook is the last in the series on best practices in the five climate zones. The previous four volumes addressed best practices in hot-humid climates, hot-dry and mixed-dry climates, cold and very cold climates, and mixed-humid climates. See the DOE press release and download the handbooks from the Building America Web site.