Cool Energy House Demonstrates Green Remodeling Strategies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Cool Energy House is a model in home energy efficiency.
December 2011/January 2012
High-efficiency heating and cooling features, sealed duct work, added insulation, renewable energy features and more can increase the value of your home while decreasing the drain on your pocketbook.


Rising energy costs and the increasing need for conservation have generated much interest in energy-efficient home retrofits. In response, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program has developed the Cool Energy House, a remodeled show house that demonstrates the myriad ways in which an existing home can become more efficient.

Located in Windermere, Fla., the Cool Energy House features a host of efficiency upgrades and will be part of the 2012 International Builders Show (Feb. 8 through 11). If you can’t make it, don’t fret: After the show, you can take a virtual tour of the home at Retrofit Alliance.

The accompanying graphic illustrates some of the most common upgrades performed in a green remodel (but certainly not all of them!).