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Quality Management System Guidelines - Building America Top Innovation

Effec guid-quality-mgnt.pngThe whole-building approach of constructing high performance homes requires a high degree of coordination and interdependencies between designers, builders, and trade partners to achieve energy efficiency goals, meet customer expectations, minimize risks for the builder, and avoid costly mistakes. Quality management tools tailored for the high performance homebuilding industry provide the necessary framework to support builders as they shift from conventional to high performance homes.

Building America research teams IBACOS, Building Science Corporation (BSC), and the Partnership for Home Innovation (PHI) created custom quality management system guidelines for the design and construction of high performance homes, earning a 2013 Top Innovation award for their efforts. The IBACOS report, Strategy Guideline: Partnering for High Performance Homes, stresses the value of partnering as a powerful tool to integrate thinking, design, and feedback on systems and solutions. BSC's guideline, Advanced Construction Documentation for High Performance Homes, pinpoints differences between the requirements for construction documents for high performance housing and those typically produced for conventional homes.

PHI's set of practical quality management resources focus on smoothing the transition to high performance homes, minimizing builder risks, and delivering a consistent message about the value of high performance homes. A key guide is Quality Assurance Strategy for Existing Homes: Final Quality Management Primer for High-Performing Homes, which outlines steps to implementing a comprehensive quality management system. Read about this Top Innovation.

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