Workshop on High Performance Homes

June 10, 2008 - Las Vegas, NV

On June 10, 2008, SWEEP hosted a workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada on constructing high performance homes, including net-zero energy homes that produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. This workshop was also held in conjunction with a training session on "Selling High Performance Homes', hosted by the Energy and Environmental Building Association (EEBA).

The workshop provided a forum to learn about and discuss the features, cost and performance of highly efficient homes, and to develop strategies for increasing the adoption of more efficient homebuilding practices in Nevada. Participants included custom and production home builders, energy efficiency and renewable energy industry representatives, electric and natural gas utilities, and local officials. The workshop was sponsored by Nevada Power and Southwest Gas.

Presentations highlighted the features, performance and cost-savings of high performance homes, technical assistance resources available for homebuilders, such as utility incentive programs, and advanced technologies that are beginning to be introduced into the home building industry, including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), integrated solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, and indirect-direct evaporative cooling equipment. Two Nevada home builders, Pulte Homes and Concordia Homes, described examples of high performance homes that they have completed in the Las Vegas area, including new communities featuring net-zero energy homes. Below you will find links to all of the materials and presentations from the June 10th workshop.

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