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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): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: February, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: April, 2010
Case study describing a retrofit project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL, BSC, NREL
Publication Date: December, 2010

Case study describing a multi-family town home project constructed for the City of Aspen, Colorado, with assistance from the U.S. DOE Building America research team Building Science Corporation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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...

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
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): IBACOS, BSC, PHI, HIRL, PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2013

Case study about a 2013 DOE top innovation on quality management tools for builders, trades and designers to help eliminate mistakes that would require high-cost rework, based on work by Building America research partners IBACOS, Inc., Building Science Corporation (BSC), and the 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): 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): PNNL
Organization(s): LBNL, BSC, FSEC, WSU Energy Office, Building Research Council, Southface, PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study on a DOE 2014 top innovation on research that was instrumental in developing and gaining adoption of the ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standard. The research and standards work was conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Building America research partners Building Science Corporation, Florida Solar Energy Center,...

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: February, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
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): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2010
Case study about a new construction project designed to achieve an 87% reduction in source energy use when compared to the 2009 Building America Benchmark.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2010
Case study about a retrofit project designed to show that advanced energy goals could be met today in existing housing.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: February, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the hot-humid climate zone.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: November, 2006
Case study describing a building project in Ohio.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study about a multifamily retrofit project using individual heat recovery ventilators in 10 separate building units.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author(s): Ueno, Loomis
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2015
Report on the long-term performance of mini-split heat pumps.
Author(s): Loomis, Pettit
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: June, 2015
Report on two approaches to retrofitting existing double-stud walls.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study providing details of a new construction, net zero energy home.

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

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

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

Case study describing a building project in the marine climate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: November, 2006

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

Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: April, 2017

This case study describes work with a production home builder K Hovnanian to evaluate air transfer between the garage and living space in a single-family home with an attached garage.

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

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

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

Case study describing optimal design and limitations of cladding attachments over exterior sheathings.

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
Report on the long-term monitoring of mini-split ductless heat pumps.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: October, 2013

Case study describing research about using exterior, vapor permeable insulation of retrofit walls with vapor permeable cavity insulation.

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

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