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Case Studies

This library contains research reports produced by the Building America program and other building science resources used to support this Solution Center. The materials cover both new construction and existing homes. Use the search box and/or the filters to explore hundreds of residential building resources. Access to some references not produced by Building America may require purchase from the publisher. Documents are listed alphabetically. While we continually update our database, links may have changed since posting. Please contact our webmaster if you find broken links.

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

Case study describing building in cold and very cold climates.

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): 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): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL, IBACOS, BSC
Publication Date: January, 2013

This case study about a DOE Building America 2013 Top Innovation features a community-scale project in Tucson, AZ, where solar water heaters generated enough hot water per year to recoup the cost of the system within 4 to 6 years.The homes were built by Pulte with technical assistance from DOE Building America research partners...

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: January, 2013

Case study about the first certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Home—the “Wilson Residence” in Winter Park, Florida.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: January, 2013

Case study of a DOE Challenge Home in Winter Park FL that scored HERS 57 without PV or HERS -7 with PV. This 4,305 ft2 custom home has autoclaved aerated concrete walls, a sealed attic with R-20 spray foam, and ductless mini-split heat pumps.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: April, 2014

Case study describing the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in Georgia that achieved a HERS score of 40 without PV and -10 with PV.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2014

The home is the builder’s first home certified to the Passive House Institute standard and their first certified to the high energy performance standards of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

Thrive Home Builders built this 2,780-ft2 townhome in Lone Tree, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

Thrive Home Builders built this 4,119-ft2 home at the Lowry development in Denver, Colorado, to the high-performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

United Way of Long Island’s Housing Development Corporation built this 3,719-ft2 two–story, 5-bedroom home in Huntington Station, New York, to the rigorous performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Homes Program.

Author(s): BA-PIRC
Organization(s): BA-PIRC
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study about a multifamily, affordable housing retrofit project that achieved 44% energy savings using readily available, cost effective measures.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2014

Case study about family-run Treasure Homes, that achieved a HERS rating of 46 without PV on its prototype “Gem” home, located on the blustery shores of Lake Michigan in northern Indiana.

Publication Date: February, 2016

Case study describing the testing of a 30-home, high-performance, energy-efficient, sustainable community.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: April, 2012

Case study about a new home builder that strives to address health, safety, and durability issues in a hot and humid climate.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study about the Green Home 3 project, which achieved a 44% whole-house energy savings over the Building America New Construction B10 Benchmark, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification, and National Green Building Standard Gold-level certification.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: February, 2013

Case study about new home construction in the marine climate that achieved 50% savings over the 2004 IECC.

Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study on the first multifamily projecte nationwide to be certified under the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home program.
Publication Date: October, 2015
Case study on using advanced controls to improve performance of combination space and water heating systems.
Publication Date: June, 2015
Case study on homes that have a single heating plant that provides space and water heating.
Author(s): NSTAR, PARR
Organization(s): NSTAR, PARR
Publication Date: May, 2014

Case study describing a method for evaluating safe installation and operation of combustion appliances in homes undergoing energy efficiency upgrades where indoor air is used for combustion and venting.

Author(s): BA-PIRC
Organization(s): BA-PIRC
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study describing a package of energy- efficiency measures for new manufactured homes in the Pacific Northwest, including triple-pane highly efficient windows.