Mainstreaming Modular High-Performance Homes: Research, Collaboration, and Best Practices at the Intersection of Advance Building Science and Advanced Building Construction
The 3-part session will be moderated by NREL and aims to focus on knowledge dissemination from ongoing research, collaboration opportunities, and best practices thriving at the intersection of advance building science and advanced building construction to deliver affordable high-performance homes.
Part 1: Ongoing Research: Brief insight to NREL’s early wins in leveraging the benefits of industrialized construction—higher-quality buildings, faster construction timelines, improved productivity, increased technology integration, and labor cost savings—to enable cost-effective strategies for high-efficiency and beyond (zero carbon/electrification), healthy homes (including indoor air quality), integrated high-performance HVAC, and resilience (integrated grid-interactive controls and renewables).
Part 2: Collaboration Opportunities for High Performance Housing Professionals: Introduction by Wells Fargo presenter on Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge and the WF Innovation Incubator (IN2). Housing professionals will learn about their details, how these opportunities are part of WF’s affordable housing initiative, and how they align strongly with NREL’s expertise in construction innovation and energy efficiency.
Part 3: As an effort to mainstreaming affordable high-performance homes, NREL is engaging with building manufacturers, developers, and permanent modular construction factories to overcome barriers of cost, construction speed, and limited labor expertise. NREL has identified best practices of modular high-performance home builders and have invited SimpleHomes to present about their thriving business.
• Learn about strategies at the intersection of advance building science and advanced construction to deliver affordable high-performance homes
• Learn about early wins from NREL’s ongoing research with modular builders to enable and integrate cost-effective energy efficiency strategies for HP buildings, especially low-rise multifamily.