Building Science "Power Words" Translator Vetting Process

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In February 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy convened a group of leading building science stakeholders involved in the Zero Energy Ready Home and Building America programs to discuss the use of technical terminology in the housing industry. The discussion centered on the need to recognize and more effectively communicate the value associated with the lower cost of ownership, greater comfort, improved health, ensured combustion safety, and increased durability of high-performance homes. As a result of this meeting, DOE created the Building Science Translator.  The Building Science Translator provides a glossary of ‘power words’ for use across the industry.  The goal of using 'power words' is to consistently reinforce the value message of high-performance homes based on the consumer experience rather than the engineering function of home systems.