Design and build a model home with no greater than a 40 HERS Index (e.g., minimum 60% less net annual site electricity consumption than a standard benchmark house).
Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Rancho Cielo, UC Irvine Engineering, UC Irvine/Orange Coast College, UC San Diego/Zhejiang Normal University, UC Santa Cruz
The organizers will use accredited software tools to calculate a projected Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index for each model home. The lower the projected HERS Index, the more energy efficient the home. The organizers will use the accredited software tools to develop an energy model of each model home. They will use data collected from construction documents, direct measurement activities, and performance verification activities to develop model inputs and calibrate model outputs. As the organizers learn more about the model homes to refine model inputs, the model will become progressively more accurate in predicting annual energy performance in the model home’s permanent location.
A projected HERS Index less than or equal to 40 earns all available points. A projected HERS Index greater than 40 and less than 60 earns reduced points, scaled linearly. A projected HERS Index greater than or equal to 60 earns no points.Notes: