Improving the Know on Energy Efficient and High Performance While Building Value (2015)
In the spring of 2015, the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA) commissioned UNC Charlotte’s Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) to analyze the market for energy-efficient and high-performance homes and buildings in North Carolina. The goals of the study included:
- Inventorying as many energy-efficient and high-performance homes and buildings as possible
- Determining the number and saturation of certification and verification programs
- Identifying opportunities to grow the market for energy-efficient and high-performance homes and buildings in the state
The study was completed in August 2015 and offers excellent insights into the market for energy-efficient homes and buildings.
Increase in Energy-Efficient Homes & Buildings
- A total of 121,919 energy-efficient and high-performance homes and buildings were built in North Carolina since 2007. This includes a 255 percent increase from 2010 to 2014.
Areas of Concentration By Zip Code
- The sample used in the study showed that energy-efficient projects were concentrated more around highly-populated areas where services/businesses are more accessible.
Most Popular Energy Certifications
- Single-family homes certified through ENERGY STAR® accounted for the largest portion in the study. Home Energy Rating System (HERS)-certified single- and multifamily-homes, LEED-certified homes and buildings and National Green Building Standard (NGBS)-certified single-family homes accounted for the second, third and fourth positions, respectively.