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High Performance Without Increased Cost: Urbane Homes, Louisville, KY - Building America Top Innovation

Photo of a Housing Award logo with a home. This Top Innovation highlights Building America field projects that demonstrated minimal or cost-neutral impacts for high-performance homes and that have significantly influenced the housing industry to apply advanced technologies and best practices. In this profile, Urbane Homes of Louisville, KY, worked with Building America team National Association of Home Builders Research Center to build its first high performance home at $36/ft2,. Subsequent homes achieved energy savings of 40% over code and sold at or below market rate.

By effectively demonstrating cost-neutral solutions for high-performance homes, Building America has directly impacted 3,000 homes constructed by builders working with research partners. This innovation indirectly influenced many related programs to gain traction, including over 1.3 million ENERGY STAR-certified homes and over 14,000 DOE Challenge Homes. Read about this Top Innovation.

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