On October 23rd-24th, 2014, the ZERH program held its Second Leading Production Builder Round Table Meeting in Suwanee, GA. The purpose was to provide top executives from leading builders with a forum to share business and technical lessons learned, identify a list of common challenges delivering DOE ZERHs, and identify new solutions to bring back to their individual businesses.
Over this day-and-a half-long meeting, there was a remarkable, sustained level of energy and collaboration with active discussion. One of the key items to come out of this is the need for greater consumer awareness and homeowner education on living in a high performance home. Builders are also calling for a forum for discussing innovations and solutions among their peers. There was discussion – as expected - about recognizing the value of energy efficiency in appraisals.