Marine

Map of the Marine region of the United States.

This Building America Optimized Solution describes a set of building practices necessary to achieve the next step in energy performance for new homes (approximately 30% energy savings above the B10 Benchmark - roughly consistent with the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code).   This package of measures meets and exceeds DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program requirements and was selected for its performance in the following areas:

  • Energy Savings
  • Affordability
  • Buildability
  • Durability
  • Healthy Indoor Environment

The high performance builders profiled in the case studies found below the interactive box show just a few examples of the hundreds of ways a builder can meet the premium levels of energy savings Building America strives for, while qualifying for the ZERH.  Print the Optimized Solution for the Marine Climate.

Measure Performance Options
Heating Equipment

94% AFUE (Gas) or 10 HSPF (Electric)

Cooling Equipment

16 SEER

Whole-House Ventilation

ASHRAE 62.2, 5 cfm/W and 70% Heat Recovery

Measure Performance Options
High-R Ceiling

R-49

High-R Walls

R-20 Cavity and R-10 Continuous

High-R Foundation

R-19 Cavity or R-15 Continuous (Crawlspace)

High-R Window

U≤0.21 (R≥4.8), SHGC≥0.4

Air Tightness

ACH50≤2

Measure Performance Options
Water Heating

EF 0.8

Lighting

ENERGY STAR

Appliances

ENERGY STAR

Exhaust Fans

ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR

Case Studies

Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2013 Housing Innovation Award Winner in Seattle, WA, that scored HERS 34 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2014 Housing Innovation Award winner in the marine climate that scored HERS 43 without PV and 13 with PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom spec homes in the marine climate that used 2x6, 24-inch on-center walls, R-50 to R-70 average roof insulation, and triple-pane windows to achieve a HERS score of 51 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer homes in the marine climate that used R-29 SIP walls, R-59 graphite roof SIPs, and triple-pane windows to achieve a HERS score of -19 with PV and 33 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer home in the marine climate that used a large south-facing roof which holds over 80 solar panels and large, south-facing windows and concrete floors, which provide passive solar heating to...
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2021 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer home in the marine climate that achieved a HERS score of -22 with PV.