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This Energy Star labeled home cut Energy Costs by 2/3 by combining System 2000 and improvements in the building shell.



Whole house weatherization savings of 10%-40% combined with System 2000 efficiency can often cut energy use by 2/3!
 
High performance homes and weatherization.

High Performance Homes can include a variety of proven energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and comfort, lower energy demand and reduce air pollution. The impact of System 2000 as a high efficiency heat and hot water system combined with a "whole house" approach can often lead to home heat and hot water cost savings in the range of 50% or more, especially when applied to older homes.

Heating costs and energy use can be reduced through a whole house approach. A few areas typically provide very effect results and fast payback. In addition to the heating system, properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house and increased comfort. Also, sealing holes and cracks in the home's envelope and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing heating, cooling, and maintenance costs.

Simple and effective common sense actions like closing storm windows for the winter and closing hot water baseboard dampers in rooms that are not normally occupied can reduce fuel bills somewhat with almost no effort.

Beyond heating and cooling, upgrading to efficient products such as refrigerators, dishwashers, ventilation fans, washing machines, lighting fixtures, and compact fluorescent bulbs can reduce energy costs.

High performance windows and doors help keep heat in during winter and out during summer, although the high investment typically has a much longer payback and work required is much more invasive and extensive than other upgrades.


Energy Use Cut
by 67%!
 
After
High Efficiency

For the best performance, ACI selected System 2000 and it's proven high efficiency heat and hot water over higher AFUE rated modulating condensing boilers for this showcase Energy Star home.

  High performance home cuts energy use by 2/3

With today's concerns about rising energy costs and global climate change, no renovation can be deemed adequate if it doesn't result in a home that consumes minimal energy while remaining durable, comfortable, and healthy for its occupants. This Affordable Comfort Institute demonstration home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania set out to show how all of these goals can be reached on an early 1900's home. Rather than seeking out the latest high tech solutions, however, the project team focused primarily on using proven, readily available materials and methods. The result is an Energy Star labeled home that demonstrates how an older structure can be improved beyond current new construction standards without breaking the budget of a typical major renovation.

System 2000 and its proven high efficiency heat and hot water performance was selected over higher AFUE rated modulating condensing boilers and the results are dramatic.

This home has been post-tested and shown terrific results. Air changes were cut by 60% and energy use is modeled to be just 1/3 of the previous consumption. These are big numbers in any scenario. Testing staff has offered that they rarely see numbers of this magnitude in any home, much less a 70 year old shell.
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U.S. Coast Guard Saves over 40%
 
US Coast Guard
  Over 40% average savings were achieved by installing System 2000

System 2000 alone moves this important housing project to high performance home status. In this multi-year study, the U.S. Coast Guard in Kodiak, Alaska, replaced (24) new 85% and 86% AFUE cast iron boilers of various makes, indirect water heaters, and electric water heaters with System 2000 in residences. These results were achieved without weatherization efforts.

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PATH
 
PATH Showcase Home

  PATH partners' showcase home

Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (Path) and Energy Kinetics collaborated on the first-of-its-kind Mold Safe Model Home (MSMH) that incorporated mold-resistant building practices and building materials. The 3,000-square-foot two-story showcase home was constructed in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, on the shores of Spofford Lake. The MSMH building products were chosen primarily for mold resistance, but energy efficiency and durability were also taken into account. PATH is a partnership dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America's housing, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The project is in conjunction with LEED for Homes (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high performance "green" homes. A green home uses less energy, water, and natural resources; creates less waste; and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a LEED home include lower energy and water bills; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.

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Maine Home Performance
 
Maine Home Performance Program

Maine Effeciency
  Maine Home Performance

Maine Effeciency
The Maine Home Performance program emphasizes a whole-house approach to reducing energy bills, and maintenance costs and improving comfort and promoting a healthy indoor environment. Energy prices are climbing, and homeowners can benefit significantly by having trained professionals analyze their homes and make cost-effective improvements to reduce energy bills. This Maine television program "shows how consumers can save dramatically on their energy bills when they make the right home improvements," said Beth Nagusky, Director of the Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security.

The house is 200 years old, and before the improvements, there was no heat for the second floor bedrooms, and there were a vast array of efficiency problems throughout the home.

The cornerstone of an estimated 60% savings in this home performance program is an upgrade to System 2000 with hot water and five zones of heat (including heat upstairs), plus about 20 energy-efficient replacement windows and insulation in walls and other spaces where needed.

"Whole House" is an entertaining television program that features contractors giving this house an energy audit, using fans and infrared cameras to detect air leaks, and then installing the various improvements to make the home much more energy efficient.
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Bob Vila
Home Again
 
    System 2000 and Bob Vila on Home Again

Check out Bob Vila on Home Again as he talks about System 2000 and the Dream Garage. To view a clip of System 2000 in action, scroll down to the three featured clips and choose "Hydronic Heat Boiler Installed"

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Building Performance Institute
 
BPI - Building Performance Institute   Organizations

Organizations such as the Building Performance Institute certify contractors to provide the expertise by which homeowners, builders, and others can determine a home's energy-efficiency and the effectiveness of steps taken to improve it. Further, they follow testing and design protocols to ensure a healthy, safe and comfortable living space after upgrades are performed.

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