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Zero energy ready homes gain ground: ACEEE Summer Study speaker highlights trend

Created 8/9/2018 by Stephanie Lane
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Next week at the ACEEE Summer Study, more than 350 speakers will explore how the push toward efficient, high-performance buildings has evolved technologies and programs. 

From ACEEE's blog post,

"A notable success is the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes program, which has seen phenomenal growth since its launch in 1996. This voluntary labeling program, already with 1.8 million certified homes, is well on its way to two million homes. Sam Rashkin led this effort until moving to the US Department of Energy to launch the Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) program in 2012, which calls for greater energy efficiency.

At Summer Study, Rashkin will offer key takeaways of his experience. Chief architect of DOE’s Building Technologies Office, he will present the paper, “What We Learned Getting to 2 Million ENERGY STAR Certified Homes that is Positioning Zero Energy Ready Homes for Exponential Growth.” He said that while many factors contributed to the first program’s success, five were critical: energy efficiency, a supply chain, targeted goals, market-ready specifications, and effective messaging."

Read the full blog here. To register or learn more about the Summer Study, head to ACEEE's website.

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