Best Building Practices

Featured here are lessons learned from the US-Department of Energy Building America program, delivered by some of the nation's foremost building science professionals. They incorporate content from such sources as the Affordable Comfort conferences, "Home Energy" Magazine articles, and the DOE Building America partner technology reports. Presented in a video-based "in the field" format available 24/7 and specifically designed for builders, sub-contractors and design professionals in the residential construction business.

Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in the Mixed Humid Climate

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America developed a series of regional best practices handbooks for builders, which provides useful tips builders and homebuyers can take to increase efficiency in the regional climate zones. The publication, Builders and Buyers Handbook for Improving New Home Efficiency, Comfort, and Durability in the Mixed Humid Climate, specifically outlines steps builders can take to reach 30 percent energy savings in space heating and cooling, and water heating by implementing the Building America process (savings based on the 1993 Model Energy Code standards).

The Department of Energy’s “Mixed Humid 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. The publication also contains chapters for every member of the builder’s team, including supervisors, architects, designers, site developers, marketers, managers, and homeowners. Many of the building tips and information are illustrated with real-life case studies of builders who design and construct energy-efficient homes in the mixed humid climate zone.