Cutting Edge Energy Research
Your Crawl Space and its sister company Carolina Green Energy Systems were chosen to participate in a home energy-efficiency research study. A five member crew recently returned from Oak Ridge, Tennessee where they participated in an energy up-fit of two Zero Energy Building Research Alliance or ZEBRAlliance test homes. It was an honor to be asked to participate in such a cutting-edge research project.
The ZEBRAlliance is a not-for-profit research and education alliance which consists of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), and several private industry partners including Carolina Green Energy Systems and Your Crawl Space. The alliance builds houses that incorporate ORNL energy-efficiency technologies to determine the integral effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the components. The components are tested in order to provide homeowners with information on how to buy the best and most cost effective energy technologies for their homes.
More than 300 energy sensors were installed in the ZEBRAlliance house. “I am particularly interested in seeing just how much conditioned air is necessary to control humidity in the properly insulated and sealed Your Crawl Space system installed in house 4.” said Oak Ridge’s Jeff Christian. “We are currently developing a foundation best-practices electronic handbook and this will be a featured case study supporting the DOE’s recommendations.”
The ZEBRAlliance work is attracting national attention. Christian was asked to do behind-the-scenes assistance for a recent segment of “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” on ABC-TV. And the homes are so unique that they have attracted the attention of Kevin O’Connor host of both PBS’s “This Old House” and the DIY network’s “This New House”. “When you look at these properties right here, this is the future,” O’Connor says. “This is the best laboratory.” O’Connor goes on to say, “These houses are very different than the houses we typically see, but they look the same and that’s the big achievement. People are going to be familiar with the style; they’re going to be familiar with what’s on the inside. The magic about them is what’s in the walls, in the basement and in the roof.”
Carolina Green Energy Systems researches and retrofits high efficiency energy improvements to existing homes. It does energy audits, duct sealing, insulation, crawl space moisture remediation and encapsulation, and coordinates all this with high-efficiency heating and cooling systems specifically designed to be part of a total home energy efficient system. It is a national leader in energy retrofits. Carolina Green Energy Systems has done retrofits to nearly 400 homes in North and South Carolina in the past year, implementing many of the ZEBRAlliance recommendations. Visit the web site at www.carolinages.com.