Advanced Energy's SystemVision
A version of this article appears in the May/June 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
May 01, 2008
Advanced Energy is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based nonprofit serving as a North Carolina and national resource that focuses on industrial process technologies, motors and drives testing, and applied building science. Its facility houses state-of-the-art laboratories for testing and applied research in all three of these evolving disciplines. Advanced Energy creates economic, environmental, and societal benefits through innovative and market-based approaches to energy issues. Launched in 2001, SystemVision, Advanced Energy’s affordable housing program, provides the training and technical support that leads to the improved health, safety, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency of affordable homes. Nonprofits developing low- and moderate-income housing within North Carolina are eligible to start building with SystemVision, and, through the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, funding is available to these nonprofit organizations to help defray the costs often associated with building high-performance homes. Self Help Durham is one such affordable housing program. SystemVision trains builders, and insulation and HVAC contractors who build homes for Self Help; and they inspect the home after framing, after insulation, and at completion, making sure that heating and cooling ducts are tight. “We sell homes to families that are former renters paying up to $300 a month for heating their homes,” ...
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