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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): Ueno
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: October, 2015
Report on adding insulation to load-bearing mass masonry buildings.
Author(s): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Publication Date: April, 2015
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL, PHI, HIRL, BSC, NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: September, 2013

Case study describing a DOE 2013 top innovation - best practices for the installation of rigid foam insulation on teh exterior of home roofs and walls as a thermal, air, and moisture barrier. Research was conducted by DOE Building America partners Home Innovation Research Labs, Building Science Corporation, and the University of...

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

Case study on a DOE 2013 top innovaton about advanced framing techniques for high-performance home construction based on research by a DOE Building America research partner, Home Innovation Research Labs.

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): Mallay
Organization(s): HIRL
Publication Date: January, 2016
Report on heating and cooling air-distribution ducts that are insulated, installed close to the ceiling in a vented attic and covered with attic insulation to minimize energy loss.
Author(s): Chan, Walker, Sherman
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
Report on how airtighness changes as houses age.
Author(s): Ueno, Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: September, 2015
Report to understand the long-term moisture performance of unvented roof assemblies with fibrous insulation.
Author(s): Harrington, Springer
Organization(s): ARBI
Publication Date: September, 2015
Report presenting the results from several demonstrations of a new method for sealing building envelop air leaks.
Author(s): Goldberg, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: September, 2015
Report assessing slab-on-grade foundation insulation energy savings.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study about a new construction project using high R-value enclosures with a hybrid insulation approach.

Author(s): Turner, Roux, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
This study used an advanced airflow, energy and humidity modeling tool to evaluate the potential for residential mechanical pre-scooling strategies to reduce peak electriciy demand.
Publication Date: July, 2015

Case study on air sealing building enclosures using aerosolized sealant.

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

Case study describing research about spray foam roof insulation and moisture management.

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.

Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study describing an experiment to build and instrument unvented test roofs using air-permeable insulation in a cold climate and to analyze the moisture effects over time.
Publication Date: February, 2016
Case study on field testing an unvented roof with fibrous insulation and tiles.
Publication Date: August, 2015
Case study describing methods to retrofit foundations and basements in climate zones 6 and 7.
Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study about measuring envelope leakage in multifamily buildings.

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

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

Publication Date: October, 2015
Case study on retrofit measures for embedded wood members in insulated mass masonry walls.
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.