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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): 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): 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): 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): 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: 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

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

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): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL, FSEC, BA-PIRC
Publication Date: January, 2013

Case study about a DOE Building America 2012 Top Innovation on ventilation strategies in hot and humid climates developed and assessed by Florida Solar Energy Center.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): BSC, PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2013

Case study about a DOE Building America 2013 Top Innovation on upgrading or replacing windows in existing homes, based on research by Building America research partner Building Science Corporation..

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): LBNL, BSC, FSEC, WSU Energy Office, Building Research Council, Southface, PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study on a DOE 2014 top innovation on research that was instrumental in developing and gaining adoption of the ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standard. The research and standards work was conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Building America research partners Building Science Corporation, Florida Solar Energy Center,...

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: June, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.
Author(s): Brand, Cautley, Bohac, Francisco, Shen, Gloss
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: November, 2015
Report on comubsion safety simplified test protocol.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2010
Case study about a retrofit project designed to show that advanced energy goals could be met today in existing housing.
Author(s): Less, Walker, Tang
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
The main principle of smart ventilation used in this study is to shift ventilation from time periods with large indoor-outdoor temperature differences, to periods where these differences are smaller, and their energy impacts are expected to be less.
Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Amaris Homes in Vadnais Heights, New Mexico.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by BPC Green Builders in Watertown, Connecticut.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by BrightLeaf Homes in Brookfield, Illinois.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Carl Franklin Homes and Green Extreme Homes in Garland, Texas.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Charles Thomas Homes in Omaha, Nebraska.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Clifton View Homes in Port Hadlock, Washington.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Dwell Development in Seattle, Washington.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Evolutionary Homes Builders in Geneva, Illinois.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Greenhill Contracting in New Paltz, New York.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County in Nokomis, Florida.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Hammer and Hand in Portland, Oregon.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Heirloom Design Build in Atlanta, Georgia.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by High Performance Homes in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by KB Home in El Dorado Hills, California.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Mandalay Homes in Glendale, Arizona.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Mantell-Hecathorn Builders in Durango, Colorado.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Mutual Housing California in Woodland, California.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by New Town Builders in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Palo Duro Homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Sunroc Builders in Lakeland, Florida.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by TC Legend Homes in Bellingham, Washington.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by United Way of Long Island Housing Development Corporation in Patchogue, New York.

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): Turner, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
This study evaluates the energy, humidity and indoor air quality implications of residential ventilation cooling in all US IECC climate zones.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2009

Case study about approaches to comprehensive retrofits that are in reach of the ordinary builder.

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in Maryland.

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

Case study describing a deep energy renovation of a home in Florida.

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