Building America Announces Cool Energy House Media Event

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The February 9, 2012, event includes an educational tour for members of the media followed by a VIP reception.

The Cool Energy House (CEH) project is a deep-energy remodeling project focused on taking a real-life, traditional remodeling project and optimizing it for peak energy performance.

The story of the CEH and the focus of the CEH Press Educational Tour is the impact of new energy-efficient systems and strategies on traditional remodeling projects. In this project, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America teams are incorporating revolutionary building-optimization software (BEopt) and proven guidelines to reduce energy use by over 50 percent.

What is the CEH Press Educational Tour?

The CEH Press Educational Tour will be held for members of the media and is designed to communicate core residential energy efficiency issues and how the DOE’s residential programs address these issues. The intent of the event is to bring attention to the resources being developed by the residential buildings program and to provide an educational and outreach venue for the DOE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and other Building America teams.

Event Title: Cool Energy House Press Educational Tour

Event Date: February 9, 2012

Exact Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm, followed immediately by a VIP Reception, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Agenda: 3:30pm - 4:00pm - Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect for the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program.
4:15pm – 5:00pm – Steve Easley, Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA), will speak about the innovations employed in the Cool Energy House and key strategies to create peak energy performance in existing homes.
5:00pm – 7:00pm – Cool Energy House Tours. Energy Measure Stations hosted by U.S. Department of Energy Building America teams.

Event Location: 11068 Bayshore Drive, Windermere, Fla. 34786

Transportation: Buses can be picked up at the Signature Entrance of the Rosen Centre (next to the pool) located on Convention Center Drive at the east end of the West Convention Building. Buses will be available at 2:30pm and will depart at 3:00pm for the Press event. Buses will continue to run back and forth between the Rosen Centre and the Cool Energy House until 8:00pm.

The CEH project presents a model for today’s custom homebuilder, remodeler, and specialty contractor looking to grow business and retain jobs in a struggling market. Media will come away from the event with stories of the successful implementation of energy measures and innovations, building science, and best building practices using Building America principles and guidance.

Remodeling + home performance = new business and job opportunities. Statistics show that homeowners are staying in their homes longer and performing more remodeling activities to improve comfort and savings.

Members of the DOE, BARA, and several other Building America teams will present on key topics in an engaging introductory event followed by an interactive tour of the home and opportunity to visit information stations to discuss peak energy performance strategies one-on-one with building scientists and policy makers. The stations, hosted by an expert and/or utilizing multimedia presentation material, include:

1. Peak Performance Energy Measures

  •     Pool Pump Replacement
  •     Sealed Attic
  •     Re-insulated Walls
  •     Window and Door Replacement
  •     Air Sealing
  •     HVAC Heat Pump Replacement
  •     Duct Sealing
  •     Hot Water Heater Replacement with Heat Pump Water Heaters
  •     Home Energy Management
  •     Energy Efficient Lighting
  •     Shading
  •     ENERGY STAR Appliances
  •     Water Saving Fixtures
  •     Cool Roofing
  •     SIPs Building Envelope
  •     Photovoltaics
  •     Ventilation and Dehumidification

2. What is Home Performance Contracting?
3. What is an Energy Audit?
4. What is NAHB National Green Building Certification?
5. What is HUD Disaster Mitigation?

Please RSVP to assist us in planning buses and catering to Tami Svarfvar at tsvarfvar(at)buildingmedia(dot)com.

To see the full color invitation, click this link: http://www.barateam.org/CEH/email/index.html

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Tami Svarfar