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Energy Efficiency on Parade

Building America Model House Cuts Energy Use by 40 Percent

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Golden, Colo., Aug. 17, 1999 — An outstanding house in the 1999 Denver Metro Parade of Homes proves that a model of modern design can also be a showcase of energy efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America program is a cosponsor of the Parade home that cuts energy use by an estimated 40 percent over model energy codes and 70 percent over the U.S. average for a comparable size house. The Building America program works with lead builders to reduce energy use and construction waste in new housing. DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provides technical support for this and other Building America projects around the country.

The Aimee Sporer Signature Home features advanced window glazings, computer-driven lighting, high performance heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, structural insulated panels to improve insulation, recycled beams and trusses to reduce lumber use and other state-of-the-art resource efficient products and systems. NREL building engineers estimate the combination of advanced products and design strategies reduces overall energy use by 40 percent.

"This environmentally friendly new home demonstrates that energy efficient products and designs can work in any structure and any climate," said Building America program manager George James. "All of the technologies and systems used in this house can also be used successfully in other houses."

The Signature House was designed by the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), one of four Building America industry teams, and was built by Wonderland Custom Builders of Lafayette, Colo.

In connection with the Parade of Homes NREL is sponsoring two consumer workshops on solar electricity for the new home Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. The workshops will be held in the basement of the Signature House. Space at each workshop is limited to 50 people. To make reservations call NREL at 275-4087.

The 1999 Parade of Homes is open through Sept. 6 at the Broadlands development in Broomfield.

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