Case Studies

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Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
Report on energy retrofits of existing single-family homes.
Author(s): Logue, Turner, Walker, Singer
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
Changing the air exchange rate of a home (the sum of the infiltration and mechanical ventilation airflow rates) affects the annual thermal conditioning energy. Large-scale changes to air exchange rates of the housing stock can significantly alter the residential sectorÕs energy consumption. However, the complexity of existing residential energy...
Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI
Publication Date: February, 2016
Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.
Author(s): Ueno
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: October, 2015
Report on adding insulation to load-bearing mass masonry buildings.
Author(s): Arena
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: June, 2015
Report analyzing design heating loads in superinsulated buildings
Author(s): Rapp, Less, Singer, Stratton, Wray
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
The exhaust from residential combustion appliances contains air pollutants and high levels of moisture that must be conveyed to the outdoors to maintain acceptable indoor quality.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: February, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: April, 2010
Case study describing a retrofit project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2009

Case study about new home construction in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2010

Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: January, 2011

Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2010

Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL, BSC, NREL
Publication Date: December, 2010

Case study describing a multi-family town home project constructed for the City of Aspen, Colorado, with assistance from the U.S. DOE Building America research team Building Science Corporation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): Steven Winter Associates
Publication Date: September, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the marine climate.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the hot-humid climate zone.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the hot-humid climate zone.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the marine climate.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the hot-humid climate zone.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2008

Case study describing a building project in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009
Builder's Challenge case study.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009

Case study about new home construction in the hot-humid climate, optimizing thermal enclosure, HVAC, water heating and lighting measures.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009
Builder's Challenge case study.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2009

Builder's Challenge case study.

Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2009

Builder's Challenge case study.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009

Builder's Challenge case study.

Author(s): Florida Solar Energy Center
Organization(s): Florida Solar Energy Center
Publication Date: February, 2010

Case study about new home construction in the hot-humid climate.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009
Builder's Challenge case study.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2008

Case study describing building in cold and very cold climates.

Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2008

Case study describing a cold/very cold building project in Denver, CO

Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2008
Demonstration project of a zero net energy home in Las Vegas, NV.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2010

Case study describing project conducted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell (HfHGL) and Building Science Corporation (BSC).

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2012

Case study of a Concord four-square home retrofitted by Building Science Corporation in Massachusetts.

Author(s): Hoeschele, Weitzel, Backman
Organization(s): ARBI
Publication Date: June, 2017

This project completed a modeling evaluation of a hybrid gas water heater that combines a reduced capacity tankless unit with a downsized storage tank. This product would meet a significant market need by providing a higher efficiency gas water heater solution for retrofit applications while maintaining compatibility with the half-inch gas...

Author(s): Hoeschele, Seitzler
Organization(s): ARBI
Publication Date: July, 2017

Heat pump water heaters offer a significant opportunity to improve water heating performance for the over 40% of U.S. households that heat domestic hot water using electric resistance storage water heaters. Numerous field studies have also been completed documenting performance in a variety of climates and applications. More recent evaluation...

Author(s): Schirber, Schoenbauer
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: June, 2017

High performance water heaters are typically more time consuming and costly to install in retrofit applications, making high performance water heaters difficult to justify economically. However, recent advancements in high performance water heaters have targeted the retrofit market, simplifying installations and reducing costs. Four high...

Author(s): Mittereder, Poerschke
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: June, 2017

This case study presents a cold-climate project that examines an alternative approach to ground source heat pump (GSHP) ground loop design. The innovative ground loop design is an attempt to reduce the installed cost of the ground loop heat exchange portion of the system by containing the entire ground loop within the excavated location...

Author(s): Poerschke, Beach, Beggs
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: June, 2017

IBACOS investigated the performance of a small-diameter high-velocity heat pump system compared to a conventional system in a new construction triplex townhouse. A ductless heat pump system also was installed for comparison, but the homebuyer backed out because of aesthetic concerns about that system. In total, two buildings, having identical...

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2010

Case study of a Concord Cape Cod style home began in August 2008 by architects and engineers at Buliding Science Corporation, who developed the drawing set and specifications for the high performance custom home to be built in Concord, Massachusetts.

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2010

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell bought the land on which to build the Westford House from the town of Westford for $1. Habitat then partnered with Building Science Corporation, the community, local and national manufacturers, distributors and donors in an effort to create a comfortable, healthy, durable and energy efficient single...

Author(s): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Publication Date: April, 2015
Publication Date: November, 2015
Report presenting the building america research to market plan.

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