Phased Deep Retrofits
The Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction (PIRC) team is pursuing a phased residential energy efficiency retrofit program for the U.S. Department of Energy. This research aims find out how energy efficiency in existing U.S. residences can be improved. A total of 60 Florida homes are being audited and will later receive simple low-cost, pass-through efficiency measures such as efficient lighting, hot water tank wraps and pipe insulation and smart power strips. Detailed energy end-use data will be obtained at each of the participating buildings six months prior to the installation of measures. Later, six to ten "deep retrofit" homes will be identified to receive much more extensive retrofits based on simulations and monitoring data. These may include insulation upgrades, duct sealing, heat pump water heaters and Energy Star clothes washers and refrigerators. The monitoring is being used to establish impacts on annual energy and peak energy reductions from the technologies.