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

Case study describing building in cold and very cold climates.

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, 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): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Glastonbury Housesmith in South Glastonbury, Connecticut.

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

This certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, is the first home in the world to use a tri-generation system to supply electricity, heating, and cooling on site.

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): Goldberg, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: September, 2015
Report assessing slab-on-grade foundation insulation energy savings.
Author(s): ORNL
Organization(s): ORNL
Publication Date: October, 2013

Case study of a basement retrofit of a 1916 home in Madison, Wisconsin, home that involved installing dimple drain mat and closed-cell spray foam on interior of basement wall and an interior footing drain to manage moisture before finishing an existing basement.

Author(s): IBACOS
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: October, 2013

Case study describing application of exterior rigid foam insulation on a foundation system.

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

Case study outlining technologies that can be implemented in new manufactured homes to increase comfort and realize energy savings.

Author(s): IBACOS
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: October, 2013

Case study describing installation of exterior rigid foam insulation on a slab foundation.

Publication Date: August, 2015
Case study describing methods to retrofit foundations and basements in climate zones 6 and 7.