Building America (www.buildingamerica.gov
) is a private/public partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that conducts systems research to improve overall housing performance, increase housing durability and comfort, reduce energy use, and increase energy security for America’s homeowners. Program activities focus on finding solutions for both new and existing homes, as well as integrating clean onsite energy systems that will allow the homebuilding industry to provide homes that produce more energy than they use. The “Builders Challenge” is an effort to spur demand for energy-efficient, high performance homes. This will highlight homes that achieve 70 or lower on the EnergySmart Home Scale. By 2030, consumers will have the option to buy an affordable net zero energy home that produces as much energy as it uses.