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The U.S. Department of Energy offers the Building America program as a private/public partnership that develops energy solutions for new and existing homes. The Building America program combines the knowledge and resources of industry leaders with the U.S. Department of Energy's technical capabilities. Together, they act as a catalyst for change in the home-building industry. The Nebraska Energy Office was awarded the following State Energy ProgramSpecial Projects grants under the Building America category:

  • Affordable home demonstration. (2003) $99,334
  • Builder Training (2002) $29,855
Affordable home demonstration.  (2003) $99,334

In collaboration with its design partner, Steven Winter Associates, the Nebraska Energy Office will design and build a value-engineered, green built affordable home in this “Building America Putting the Pieces Together in Nebraska" project.

Steven Winter Associates leds the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, which works with scores of professionals throughout the homebuilding industry to design, engineer, and test energy-efficient homes.

A prototype home — based on the research, testing and design — will be constructed by a Nebraska Certified Green Builder. The construction site will provide hands on training for builders, subcontractors and suppliers to learn the most energy and resource efficient building practices employed by Building America and the Nebraska Green Building Program. This project will demonstration 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 occupants. A copy of the Final Report by Steven Winter and Associates is available in PDF format in four parts listed below.
      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)
The projected started October 1, 2003 and was completed by June 30, 2006 with all funds spent. The agency will continue to provide technical assistance to builders interested in affordable green built homes.

A summary of the project appears at the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy web site. Other information about the project are at these sites:

Builder Training (2002) $29,855

In partnership with the Nebraska Energy Office, the Nebraska State Home Builders Association will advance the knowledge and technical skills of its members through training and education for home remodelers and production builders in this “Applying Building America Strategies to Existing and Production Buildings” project.

Several workshops were held to help remodelers and home builders understand how to produce higher quality, energy-efficient housing in home remodeling and new construction projects by utilizing cost-effective, system engineered and advanced building technologies. The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, led by Steven Winter Associates, helped targeted production builders integrate innovations in building components, materials and systems into home plans. At an affordable housing conference, attendees were presented with information about Building America concepts and the use of value engineering in home construction. Builders also traveled to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to gain additional information and experience with the energy-efficient technologies and construction methods.

This activity started on October 1, 2002 and was completed on June 30, 2005 with all funds spent.

A summary of the project appears at the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy web site.

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