Design Guide: How to Make Homes Cool and Efficient
Published: January 26, 2006 | Updated: January 26, 2006
Though tools and methods are available for the design of energy-efficient HVAC systems, they are not often used when
it comes to production homes. That’s partly because builders of production homes are unaware that these tools exist. In
addition, the existing design methodologies are often hard to find, as they are buried inside various code documents that
also include large amounts of unrelated information.
The California Residential New Construction HVAC Design Guide, produced by the consulting firm ConSol, addresses
these problems by consolidating the relevant information for the HVAC design process into an easy-to-use reference and
training tool. It presents a start-to-finish breakdown of the HVAC design process and discusses how each step can help
lead to an energy-efficient system. It also highlights how some elements of HVAC system design fit into the overall
construction process, and it discusses specific measures that can be used to reduce HVAC energy use in production
homes. In addition, it identifies which personnel need to be involved with the different components of the HVAC design
to ensure that it is energy efficient.
Publication type: Tech Brief | Document ID: CEC-TB-22
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