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The Home Builders Association of Kitsap County (HBA) is showing the way to make buildings less expensive to operate with energy-efficient upgrades to their headquarters. The building showcases six key strategies that are expected to achieve a significant reduction in energy use.
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5251 Auto Center Way Bremerton, WA 98312

Home Builders Association of Kitsap County

The Home Builders Association of Kitsap County (HBA) is showing the way to make buildings less expensive to operate with energy-efficient upgrades to their headquarters. The building showcases six key strategies that are expected to achieve a significant reduction in energy use.

The HBA's headquarters is an Energy Saving Showcase

Kitsap Energy Upgrade | www.kitsapenergyupgrade.com/The Home Builders Association of Kitsap County (HBA) is showing the way to make buildings less expensive to operate with energy-efficient upgrades to their headquarters. The building showcases six key strategies that are expected to achieve a significant reduction in energy use.

Homeowners, builders and sub-trades, architects, real estate agents, lenders and students are invited to visit the HBA building to learn more.

Energy Strategies

Upgrades That Are Saving Energy and Money at the Kitsap HBA Headquarters

HBA AirSealing blowerdoor testAir Sealing

IHBA AirSealing Smokewandn our cool climate, warm air escaping through gaps and cracks is energy wasted.

The HBA used a blower door to see how leaky the building was.

Then they used a smoke wand to find the locations of the leaks.

To fix the problem, they sealed cracks around windows, the space between floors, and in the attic with caulk. Gaps in the duct work were sealed with mastic.

The final blower door test revealed that the building had more than doubled its performance, which exceeds the new 2009 energy code requirements. Learn more by watching their video.

Insulation

HBA Insulation Infrared CameraAlthough most of the HBA building was insulated when it was built, over time, the insulation had settled or been disturbed.

An infrared, or IR, camera (left) helped identify problem areas by showing warm areas in red and cold areas in blue.

The attic was filled evenly with additional blown-in insulation which gave it an R-value of 40, which is more than required by the current energy code.

HBA Insulation Infrared CameraNew fiberglass batt insulation was added to the attic walls. See the videos below to see the difference.

A final IR inspection revealed significant improvement.

HBA staff have also found their workspaces to be more comfortable.

See these videos for before and after views.

Appliances & Equipment

HBA Appliances & Equipment  fridgeThe first step to improving the efficiency of the building’s existing equipment and appliances was easy.

The HBA carefully tuned the furnace and cleaned all the filters.

Next, the HBA installed a new Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) system and controls.

HBA Appliances & Equipment controlsAn HRV is a specialized piece of equipment that captures the heat from stale, outgoing air and uses it to warm fresh, incoming air.

The old water heater and refrigerator were replaced with new, ENERGY STAR rated appliances.

The refrigerator uses 21% less energy than the national standard. Learn more by watching the videos below.

See these videos to learn more about their Energy Star Refirigerator and Heat Recovery Venitlator.

HBA Plumbing FaucetPlumbing Fixtures

The HBA isn’t letting any more money go down the drain.

The old toilets used 1.6 gallons for every flush.

The new dual-flush toilets gives users the option to use just .8 gallons per flush—only half as much water, and just as effective.

New faucet aerators sHBA Plumbing New Toiletave water at every sink, saving 1.2 gallons of water for every minute of use.

A new recirculation system delivers hot water to the kitchen sink faster to reduce the amount of water wasted waiting for hot water to arrive.

Saving hot water saves energy, too! Learn more by watching their video.

Roof

The original roof on the HBA building was old, dark and damaged from 20 years of wear. Roofers completed the upgrade by installing a new “cool roof”.

A cool roof reflects solar energy, often by using lighter colored, reflective shingles.

This reduces the amount of air conditioning needed in the summertime.

The new roof is rated by the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for exceptional energy performance.

Because the roof will be cooler, it will also last longer.

This roof is expected to last at least 30 years. Learn more by watching their video.

HBA New Roof Installation    HBA New Roof

HBA Lighting InstallationLighting

The HBA building formerly had four T-12 lamps (fluorescent tubes) in each ceiling fixture with old magnetic ballast.

With the lighting upgrade, each fixture was updated so that only two T-8 lamps were needed.

New electronic ballasts also save energy and reduce flickering.

HBA Lighting New LightingIn addition to new ceiling fixtures, the HBA replaced incandescent lights with compact fluorescent and LED bulbs, and installed occupancy timers in the bathrooms to turn off lights automatically when not in use.

These improvements reduced the amount of electricity used for lighting by about 73 percent! Learn more by watching their video.

 

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