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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): 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): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Publication Date: April, 2015
Publication Date: November, 2015
Report presenting the building america research to market plan.
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): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: February, 2009
Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
Publication Date: June, 2015
Case study on a sucessful marketing strategy one Florida home builder took to market their high-performance homes.
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): Jin, Meintz
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: August, 2015
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Author(s): CARB, Maryland Energy Administration
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: August, 2006

Case study about Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity rehabilitation of five 2-story row houses into energy-efficient, affordable housing.

Author(s): Wright, Klingenberg
Organization(s): Passive House Institute US
Publication Date: August, 2015
Report on improving passive design adoption rates.
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): Brand, Cautley, Bohac, Francisco, Shen, Gloss
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: November, 2015
Report on comubsion safety simplified test protocol.
Author(s): Poerschke, Beach
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: February, 2016
Report onhow space-conditioning systems are operating in the field and if these systems are meeting required standards.
Author(s): Herk, Beggs
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: February, 2016
Report outlining the steps developers can take to create high-performance standards on a community-wide scale.
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): 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): Cummings, Withers, Kono
Organization(s): BA-PIRC
Publication Date: July, 2015
Report on variable-capacity air conditioning and heat pump units.
Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015

Guidance document on deep energy retrofits.

Author(s): Less, Walker, Tang
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
The main principle of smart ventilation used in this study is to shift ventilation from time periods with large indoor-outdoor temperature differences, to periods where these differences are smaller, and their energy impacts are expected to be less.
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.

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