Get the Builders and Buyers Guide to Home Efficiency

By Sara Allen
January/February 2007
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The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has completed a five-volume series of guidebooks for builders and homebuyers. The series is regionalized; each book has varying energy efficiency tips and building steps depending on the climate of the specified region. Each book is entitled, 'Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability,' proceeded by the region of that particular volume. The five featured regions are; hot-humid climates, hot-dry and mixed-dry climates, cold and very cold climates, mixed-humid climates and marine climate zone.

'The Department of Energy's Marine Climate booklet provides builders with a full spectrum of knowledge to help increase energy efficiency and save costs while also taking into account the climate's unique challenges and opportunities,' DOE Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Andy Karsner said.
Within the volumes is a layout of the best practices for that region to reach a 30 percent energy savings in water heating and space heating and cooling. Each handbook is broken down into chapters referring to the responsibilities of respective positions within a building team, including homeowners, managers, marketers, site planners, designers, and site supervisors.

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