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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, 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): 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): 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): CARB
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study describing a gut rehab of a multifamily, masonry building.

Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study about a deep energy retrofit, turning an old school into 12 high-end apartments in Greenfield, MA.

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

Case study about a multifamily retrofit project in a cold climate.

Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study on the retrofit of a 1960s split-level home.
Author(s): Williamson, Aldrich
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: August, 2015
Report on field monitoring of inverter-driven ASHPs in cold-climate homes.
Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates
Publication Date: February, 2009

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

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

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

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

Case study about a new townhome construction project designed to achieve a HERS score of 40.

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

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

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

Case study of a high-efficient building project in St. Lucie, FL.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case study about a high performance test home incorporating best practices for energy efficiency.

Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: July, 2015
Report on air-sealing programs for energy-efficiency retrofits.
Author(s): Zoeller, Williamson, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: August, 2015
Report on hybrid ventilation methods for insulated and sealed crawl spaces.
Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates
Publication Date: August, 2009

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

Publication Date: July, 2015

Case study on air sealing building enclosures using aerosolized sealant.

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

Case study exploring how using buried and/or encapsulated ducts can reduce duct thermal losses in existing homes.

Publication Date: August, 2015
Case study on heating loads for superinsulated buildings.
Publication Date: February, 2016
Case study on an effort to improve indoor air quality in high-performance, new construction, mutlifamily buildings, dedicated sources of outdoor air.
Publication Date: October, 2015
Case study on exhaust ventilation and corresponding outdoor air intake strategies implemented in high-performance new-construction multifamily buildings.
Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study describing how researchers monitored heat output and electricity consumption of air-source heat pumps
Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: May, 2014

Case study describing steps for properly designing a hydronic system for setback operation, which are applicable to new construction and retrofit applications.

Publication Date: June, 2015
Case study on the moisture content in homes with double wall framing.
Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study describing how to decrease indoor moisture using an air conditioning unit with a dehumidifier in hot-humid climates.

Publication Date: August, 2015
Report on low-load options in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment used in multifamily homes.
Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study about maximizing efficiency of hydronic systems in single and multifamily buildings.

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

Case study outlining a six month study that monitored performance of a heat pump water heater.

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

Case study about measuring envelope leakage in multifamily buildings.

Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: February, 2013

Case study illustrating how to replace variable speed furnace motors.

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

Case study aimed at helping contractors and building owners choose the best ventilation for existing homes.

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.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates
Publication Date: November, 2010

Case study about an upgraded home with an energy monitoring system designed to analyze the savings realized from the upgrades.