DOE Offers Free Guide to
Building Energy Efficient Homes in the American Southwest Outlines
Ways Homes in Hot, Dry Climates Can Reduce Energy Use by 30 Percent
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the
continuing effort to provide consumers guidance on saving money
through improving home energy efficiency, the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) today issued a free guide to the construction of
energy-efficient homes specifically in the hot, dry climate of the
"Homes use nearly 21 percent of
Americans’ total energy use," said Secretary of Energy Samuel W.
Bodman. "This useful guide will help American families save money
and energy when building new homes in the arid southwest."
The second guide in the Building
America Best Practices series, "Volume 2: Hot-Dry, Mixed-Dry"
addresses the challenge of maximizing energy efficiency while
preserving the comfort of homes in hot-dry and mixed-dry climates.
Equipped with this guide, builders and home owners will be able to
build high-quality, energy-efficient homes that can save 30 percent
in space conditioning and water heating each year in hot-dry and
DOE’s regional building guides
offer tips to families and contractors on how to build energy-saving
homes in different climates across the country. DOE’s Building
America program conducts and sponsors research and development in
building technologies aimed at improving the comfort and efficiency
of American homes, while reducing their need for electricity.
Volume 1 of the Best Practices
series, focusing on hot-humid construction, was published earlier
this year. Upcoming releases in this series will include Volume 3:
Cold-Severe Cold, available June 22; Volume 4: Mixed Humid,
available July 29; and Marine, available in early 2006. For more
details and to download these guides, please visit the Building
America website at http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/.
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