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Building Science-Based Climate Maps - Building America Top Innovation

Photo showing climate zone maps based on the IECC climate zone map.It may not be intuitively obvious why a U.S. climate zone map is so important to the construction industry. Thanks to this Building America Top Innovation, building science education, energy code development, and residential design can much more effectively integrate climate-specific best practices and advanced technologies across the United States.

The Building America-developed climate zone map has had a profound impact on high-performance homes by serving as a consistent framework for energy efficiency requirements in the national model energy code starting with the 2004 IECC Supplement and the ASHRAE 90.1 2004 edition. The map also provides a critical foundation for climate-specific guidance in the widely disseminated EEBA Builder Guides and Building America Best Practice Guides. Read about this Top Innovation.

See the Climate-Specific Guidance case study Web pages based on the Building America-Based Climate Maps.

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