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A Value-Engineered Green Built Home
Although this home appears to be similar in construction to the other homes in the development it was designed and constructed with features that, not only reduce the owner’s future energy costs while increasing comfort, but also reduces the homes initial and future impact on the environment.

This new home will demonstrate that quality, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and affordable housing can be built with little or no extra initial construction costs and return a lifetime of savings for the new owners.

The one-story home has a full basement with attached garage. The construction plans detail the features that make this energy efficient home different.

The house was used for on-site training and as a laboratory. During the week of November 2004, Ric Guilbert of Steven Winter Associates used the house for a framing demonstration of Optimum Value Engineering techniques. Optimum Value Engineering is the process of comparing alternative materials and methods to determine the least costly combination that will result in the desired end product.

The home is designed to maximize energy efficiency and green building techniques and materials. The completed home was used as a show home in the Spring Parade of Homes in Lincoln, Nebraska. The home’s energy use will be monitored for up to a year to evaluate the different building techniques utilized.

Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program and the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, Steven Winter Associates assisted the Nebraska Energy Office in the design and construction of the prototype home that will benchmark energy-efficient, affordable housing in Nebraska.

A $99,334 State Energy Program - Special Projects grant provided a portion of the cost of this project.

Final Report from Winter and Associates
The Final Report on the Nebraska Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Project by Steven Winter and Associates is listed below. The Report was completed March 30, 2005.
      Part 1. Introduction, Project Time Line, Preliminary Design, Review Prototype, Advanced Framing Design PDF (1 MB)
      Part 2. Prototype Features PDF (1.3 MB)
      Part 3. Prototype Features (continued), Energy Modeling, Cost Analysis, Performance Testing PDF (496 K)
      Part 4. Performance Testing (continued), Appendix A: Energy Modeling PDF (1.7 MB)

Construction Plans and Photos for the Green Built Home
  • Floor Plans for the Green Built Home
  • Special Features of the Green Built Home
  • For More Information
  • Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
  • Steven Winter Associates
  • U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America
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