Commissioning High-Performance Residential Buildings: Lessons from the NIST Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility

Published: October 16, 2017


Natascha S. Milesi-Ferretti


This paper provides an overview of important considerations for high-performance residential buildings as well as specific lessons learned during the design, construction, and operation of the Net-ZeroEnergy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF). First, the paper gives an overview of common quality assurance practices in residential construction and the benefit of applying the commissioning process to ensure the proper system performance in residential buildings, particularly for high-performance buildings. Next, the paper presents an overview of the NIST NZERTF along with detailed initial commissioning considerations for each of the major NZERTF building systems: insulation and glazing, heating ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC), water heating, solar photovoltaic, and lighting. Specific recommendations are made for key measures that form the basis of a commissioning test plan.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 2017 National Conference on Building Commissioning
Conference Dates: May 15-17, 2017
Conference Location: Indian Wells, CA
Conference Title: National Conference on Building Commissioning
Pub Type: Conferences

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Residential Commissioning
Created October 16, 2017, Updated March 30, 2018