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

Case study about new home construction in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.

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

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

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

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

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

Case study describing a building 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): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009
Builder's Challenge case study.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009

Case study about new home construction in the hot-humid climate, optimizing thermal enclosure, HVAC, water heating and lighting measures.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009
Builder's Challenge case study.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009

Builder's Challenge case study.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2009
Builder's Challenge case study.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: January, 2013

Tankless water heaters can deliver large quantities of hot water under changing load conditions and at a relatively constant temperature, like storage water heaters, but without suffering the standby loss (tank heat loss) of the storage water heaters.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL, FSEC, BA-PIRC
Publication Date: January, 2013

Case study about a DOE Building America 2012 Top Innovation on ventilation strategies in hot and humid climates developed and assessed by Florida Solar Energy Center.

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

Case study about a DOE Building America 2012 Top Innovation on the Building America Solution Center, a website developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy Building America program to provide builders, contractors, code officials, raters, home owners, etc. with quick access to information on how to...

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL, CARB, Steven Winter Associates
Publication Date: September, 2013

Case study on a DOE Building America 2013 top innovation describing research by the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB), a Building America research team led by Steven Winter Associates, on HVAC ducts located in vented attics that are encapsulated in foam and buried in attic insulation.

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): PNNL, NREL
Publication Date: September, 2013

Case study of a DOE 2013 top innovation about best practices for high-efficiency window air conditioning units based on research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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

Case study on a DOE 2013 top innovation about high-performance furnace blowers for heating and cooling describing research by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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

Case study about a DOE 2013 top innovation profile on Home Performance XML, a data transfer standard that communicates between home performance programs and analysis software, developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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): 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): PNNL
Organization(s): CARB, ARBI, Davis Energy Group, PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study on a DOE 2014 top innovation about research on high MERV filters used in HVAC systems conducted by Building America research partner Davis Energy Group.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): ARIES, the Levy Partnership, PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study on a DOE 2014 top innovation about the development and testing of a new attic insulation method for dense packing the shallow attic space in manufactured homes with blown fiberglass insulation; research was conducted by the Levy Partnership.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): LBNL, PARR, PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study describing a DOE 2014 top innovation on development of a standardized testing method for testing the air leakage of HVAC air handlers and furnace cabinets developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Author(s): PNNL, BARA
Organization(s): PNNL, BARA
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study on a DOE 2014 top innovation about research leading to use of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) software to auto-generate a fact-filled Green and Energy Efficiency Addendum intended for real estate appraisers for every home rated by a RESNET-certified HERS rater. Research was conducted by DOE research partner Building Media...

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2015

Building America Optimized Solution in the cold and very cold climates.

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): PNNL, ORNL
Organization(s): PNNL, ORNL
Publication Date: December, 2010

Case study about a 20-unit community of energy-efficient duplexes in Massachusetts that incorporated solar water heating and photovoltaics.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Addison Homes in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Amaris Homes in Vadnais Heights, New Mexico.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by BPC Green Builders in Watertown, Connecticut.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by BrightLeaf Homes in Brookfield, Illinois.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Carl Franklin Homes and Green Extreme Homes in Garland, Texas.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Charles Thomas Homes in Omaha, Nebraska.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Clifton View Homes in Port Hadlock, Washington.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Dwell Development in Seattle, Washington.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Evolutionary Homes Builders in Geneva, Illinois.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Glastonbury Housesmith in South Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Greenhill Contracting in New Paltz, New York.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County in Nokomis, Florida.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Hammer and Hand in Portland, Oregon.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by Heirloom Design Build in Atlanta, Georgia.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by High Performance Homes in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2015

Case study on a 2015 Housing Innovation Award-winner built by KB Home in El Dorado Hills, California.

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