The cost and energy savings from high performance homes can be quantified through energy simulations in conjunction with testing and monitoring. Similarly, the value of a quality management system can be quantified in new home construction through quality performance metrics. These metrics include schedules, energy performance, costs, training, satisfaction, referrals, productivity, and warranty/defects as outlined in the NAHB Research Center's Economics of Quality report.
There are currently builders constructing high performance homes that have already implemented quality management systems. The goal of this report is to detail a builder, Veridian Homes, that has already implemented a quality management system and is monitoring the impact of quality and energy efficiency.
Midwest Research Institute,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
1617 Cole Boulevard
Golden, Colorado 80401-3393
NAHB Research Center