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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): Less, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2014

Report including testing and analysis of deep energy retrofits of existing single-family homes in the U.S.

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): 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): 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): 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...

Publication Date: November, 2015
Report presenting the building america research to market plan.
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, BARA
Organization(s): PNNL, BARA
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study on a DOE 2014 top innovation about research leading to use of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) software to auto-generate a fact-filled Green and Energy Efficiency Addendum intended for real estate appraisers for every home rated by a RESNET-certified HERS rater. Research was conducted by DOE research partner Building Media...

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2015

Building America Optimized Solution in the cold and very cold climates.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2015

Building America Optimized Solution in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2015

Building America Optimized Solution in the hot-humid climate.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2015

Building America Optimized Solution in the marine climate.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2015

Building America Optimized Solution in the mixed-humid climate.

Publication Date: June, 2015
Case study on a sucessful marketing strategy one Florida home builder took to market their high-performance homes.
Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015

Guidance document on deep energy retrofits.

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

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Addison Homes in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

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): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2019

Case study showing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2019

Case study showing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2019

Case study showing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2019

Case study showing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2019

Case study showing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2019

Case study showing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2019

Case study showing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2019

Case study showing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.

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