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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): HIRL
Organization(s): HIRL
Publication Date: February, 2016

Case study describing a zero energy ready home (ZERH) that was recently completed featuring an innovative wall system. This highly insulated (high-R) light-frame wall system, called the extended plate and beam (EP&B), is for use above grade in residential buildings. 

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): PNNL
Organization(s): ARBI, CARB, SWA, FSEC, BA-PIRC, BSC, IBACOS, PHI, HIRL, PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2013

Case study on a DOE 2013 top innovation about construction of net-zero energy ready homes, by several builders working with various DOE Building America research partners including Steven Winter Associates, Building Science Corporation, Home Innovation Research Labs, IBACOS, Davis Energy Group, and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

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
Publication Date: September, 2013

KB Home built this 2,778-ft2 production home in San Marcos, California, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

New Town Builders built this 3,560-ft2 production home in Denver, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: May, 2019

Palo Duro Homes built this 2,064-ft2 production home in Aztec, New Mexico, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

TC Legend Homes built this 1,915-ft2 custom home in Seattle, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Amerisips Homes built this 2,085-ft2 custom home in Johns Island, South Carolina, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

AquaZephyr built this 1,664-ft2 production home in Ithaca, New York, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: November, 2014

Boulder ZED Design Build built this 2,504-ft2 custom home in Boulder, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

BPC Green Builders built this 1,680-ft2 custom home in Danbury, Connecticut, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Brookside Development built this 4,456-ft2 production home in Derby, Connecticut, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Caldwell and Johnson built this 2,244-ft2 affordable home in Charlestown, Rhode Island, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Clifton View Homes built this 2,408-ft2 custom home in Clinton, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: November, 2014

Clifton View Homes built this 1,955-ft2 custom home in Greenbank, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Cobblestone Homes built this 2,745-ft2 custom home in Midland, Michigan, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: November, 2014

Durable Energy Builders built this 5,947-ft2 custom home in Houston, Texas, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Green Extreme Homes & Carl Franklin Homes built this 1,270-ft2 affordable home in Garland, Texas, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Greenhill Contracting built this 2,288-ft2 custom home in New Paltz, New York, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County built this 1,290-ft2 affordable home in Nokomis, Florida, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: November, 2014

Healthy Efficient Homes built this 3,048-ft2 custom home in Spirit Lake, Iowa, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

John Hubert Associates built this 1,871-ft2 custom home in North Cape May, New Jersey, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: November, 2014

Murphy Brothers Contracting built this 4,100-ft2 custom home in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Promethean Homes built this 2,572-ft2 custom home in Charlottesville, Virginia, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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

Southern Energy Homes built this 1,232-ft2 affordable home in Russellville, Alabama, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: November, 2014

TC Legend Homes built this 3,192-ft2 custom home in Seattle, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: February, 2014

Thomas Fullam/ Near Zero Maine built this 1,200-ft2 affordable home in Vassalboro, Maine, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Addison Homes built this 2,625-ft2 custom home in Greenville, South Carolina, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Addison Homes built this 4,551-ft2 custom home in Greenville, South Carolina, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Amaris Homes built this 3,716-ft2 custom home in Apple Valley, Minnesota, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

BrightLeaf Homes built this 4,608-ft2 custom home in LaGrange, Illinois, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Bundle Design Studio built this 2,065-ft2 custom home in Bellingham, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride, KA Cort
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Carl Franklin Homes & Green Extreme Homes built this 1,108-ft2 affordable home in Garland, Texas, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Charis Homes built this 5,505-ft2 custom home in Richfield, Ohio, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Clifton View Homes built this 1,852-ft2 affordable home in Coupeville, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

DP Construction built this 1,664-ft2 custom home in Prattville, Alabama, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

DP Construction built this 3,021-ft2 custom home in Prattville, Alabama, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2016

Dwell Development built this 2,117-ft2 custom home in Seattle, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

E2 Homes built this 3,912-ft2 custom home in Winter Park, Florida, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Element Design Build built this 6,541-ft2 custom home in Henderson, Nevada, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Garbett Homes built this 5,226-ft2 custom home in Sandy, Utah, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride, KA Cort
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Greenhill Contracting built this 4,190-ft2 production home in New Paltz, New York, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

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