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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): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: February, 2009
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): 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 mixed-humid climate zone.
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: October, 2009

Builder's Challenge case study.

Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2008
Demonstration project of a zero net energy home in Las Vegas, NV.
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): Colon, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC
Publication Date: August, 2017

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) has completed a fourth year-long evaluation on residential hot water heating systems in a laboratory environment (east central Florida, hot-humid climate). This report contains a summary of research activities regarding the evaluation of two residential electric heat pump water heaters (HPWHs), a solar...

Author(s): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Publication Date: April, 2015
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.

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: December, 2008
Case study about a new construction project in Hilton Head, SC utilizing a whole-house performance approach.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: June, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.
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

Case study about a DOE 2014 Housing Innovation Award winner.

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: October, 2014

Case study about a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the hot-humid climate.

Author(s): IBACOS
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: January, 2015

Case study about analysis of pre-retrofit utility data from 1,166 houses to help determine energy savings on a community-scale.

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

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

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: September, 2009

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

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

Case study describing ductwork installation.

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in the marine climate.

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in the hot-dry climate.

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in the hot-dry climate.

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in the marine climate.

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: August, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: August, 2010

Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: February, 2009

Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.

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

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

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.

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

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

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003

Case study about a demonstration project of a zero net energy home in Las Vegas, NV.

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: October, 2004

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

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

Case study about one builder's conversion to high-performance building in the hot-humid regions of the Atlantic seaboard.

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

Case study about a new construction project in North Carolina.

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

Case study describing a building project in the marine climate.

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003

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

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2004

Case study describing a building project in the hot-humid climate zone.

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

Case study about a builder in Georgia that designs energy-efficient homes for a green community, yielding homes with HERS scores as lowas 59 and electric bills as low as $50 a month.

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003

Case study describing a building project in the marine climate.

Author(s): ARBI
Organization(s): ARBI
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study measuring the performance of air-to-water heat pump systems in dry climates.

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

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

Author(s): ARIES
Organization(s): ARIES
Publication Date: May, 2014

Case study about the benefits of replacing resistance heating systems with mini-split heat pumps in cold and mixed-humid climates.

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

Case study that identifies best practices, costs, and savings associated with balancing steam distribution systems through increased main line air venting, radiator vent replacement, and boiler control system upgrades.

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2003

Case study describing whole house building techniques in the hot-dry climate.