Building America short report on the project
Aspen, Colorado’s winter wonderland setting has attracted myriads of the rich and famous, but the town’s resort home prices have made subsidized housing a necessity for most of the working class families of the community. Over the past 30 years, the City of Aspen has organized dozens of affordable housing projects. In 2007, Aspen completed Phase 1 of its largest and most energy-effi cient project to date, the Burlingame Ranch community, where it has achieved Home Energy Rating Scale (HERS) scores of 54 to 62 on 84 condominium units, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy’s research team lead Building Science Corporation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. To make homes that are truly affordable, the city has increasingly encouraged energy-effi cient home construction. In 2004, the city took bids to design Phase 1 of Burlingame Ranch, an affordable housing development that will eventually number 258 units. For Phase 1 the city selected Shaw Builders of Grand Junction, Colorado, and the design team of Bill Poss Architects and DHM Design. The city also asked the Building Science Corporation to participate. BSC helped design the project’s energy-effi ciency measures and solar hot water and heating systems, and reviewed energy code compliance reports. In 2007, BSC worked with DOE’s National Renewal Energy Laboratory to conduct fi eld testing of the mechanical, solar, and ventilation systems and short- and long-term monitoring of one of the buildings before and after homeowners moved in. In Phase 1, all 84 homes met the Federal Tax Credit goal of 50% savings over the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the Building America target of 40% savings over the Building America benchmark (a home built to the 1993 Model Energy Code).
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