[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The second guide in the Building America Best Practices series, “Volume 2: Hot-Dry, Mixed-Dry” addresses the challenge of maximizing energy efficiency while preserving the comfort of homes in hot-dry and mixed-dry climates. Equipped with this guide, builders and home owners will be able to build high-quality, energy-efficient homes that can save 30 percent in space conditioning and water heating each year in hot-dry and mixed-dry climates. DOE’s regional building guides offer tips to families and contractors on how to build energy-saving homes in different climates across the country. DOE’s Building America program conducts and sponsors research and development in building technologies aimed at improving the comfort and efficiency of American homes, while reducing their need for electricity. Volume 1 of the Best Practices series, focusing on hot-humid construction, was published earlier this year. Upcoming releases in this series will include Volume 3: Cold-Severe Cold, available June 22; Volume 4: Mixed Humid, available July 29; and Marine, available in early 2006. For more details and to download these guides, please visit the Building America website at the following link.