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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.

Publication Date: December, 2015
Case study on combustion safety testing as an important step in upgrading for energy efficiency.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: August, 2012

Case study about eliminating excessive humidity in the attic of a multi-floor, single-family home that was causing condensation and water damage along the roof and eaves.

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

Case study detailing techniques used to prevent thermal bypass in new homes.

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

Case study about retrofitting a leaky air handler. 

Publication Date: October, 2015
Case study describing methods to seal crawl spaces in cold climate homes with integrated whole-house ventilation systems.
Author(s): IBACOS
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: May, 2014

Case study describing a stand-off furring strategy that minimizes the physical connections to each existing wall stud, uses spray foam to encapsulate existing siding materials (including lead paint), and creates a vented rain screen assembly to promote drying.

Publication Date: September, 2015

Case study testing the effectiveness of various ventilation systems at two unoccupied, single-family lab homes at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Author(s): NREL, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Organization(s): NREL, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Publication Date: April, 2008

Case study describing a Habitat for Humanity zero net energy home in Denver.

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

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

Author(s): IBACOS
Organization(s): IBACOS, NREL
Publication Date: December, 2010

Case study describing innovative technologies, construction techniques, products, and design trends in new home construction.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates
Publication Date: August, 2009

Case study describing a retrofit project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.