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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): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Insulsteel Building Enclosures built this 3,756-ft2 custom home in Johns Island, South Carolina, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride, KA Cort
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity built this 1,120-ft2 affordable home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Knaggs Construction built this 4,566-ft2 custom home in Kearney, Nebraska, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

LifeStyle Homes built this 2,104-ft2 custom home in Melbourne, Florida, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride, KA Cort
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2016

Mandalay Homes built this 2,207-ft2 production home in Prescott, Arizona, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Mantell-Hecathorn Builders built this 1,559-ft2 custom home in Cortez, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Paul Torcellini built this 3,597-ft2 custom home in Eastford, Connecticut, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

PepperTree Homes and Zero Energy Home Plans built this 3,750-ft2 custom home in Fayston, Vermont, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride, KA Cort
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2016

Philgreen Construction built this 1,160-ft2 townhome in Fort Collins, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Revival Homes built this 1,379-ft2 affordable home in Litchfield, Connecticut, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Revive Properties built this 1,770-ft2 production home in Fort Collins, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride, KA Cort
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Sunroc Builders built this 1,407-ft2 affordable home in Lakeland, Florida, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

TC Legend Homes built this 2,463-ft2 custom home in Seattle, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2016

Thrive Home Builders built this 3,322-ft2 production home in Westminster, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride, KA Cort
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2016

Thrive Home Builders built this 1,815-ft2  townhome in Denver, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): KA Cort, Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2016

United Way of Long Island built this 1,890-ft2 affordable home in Deer Park, New York, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

Alliance Green Builders built this 3,129-ft2 custom home in Ramona, California, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

Amaris Homes built this 3,734-ft2 home in Afton, Minnesota, to the performance criteria of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

Greenhill Contracting built this 3,912-ft2 custom home in Gardiner, New York, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

Thrive Home Builders built this 2,780-ft2 townhome in Lone Tree, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

Thrive Home Builders built this 4,119-ft2 home at the Lowry development in Denver, Colorado, to the high-performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2017

United Way of Long Island’s Housing Development Corporation built this 3,719-ft2 two–story, 5-bedroom home in Huntington Station, New York, to the rigorous performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Homes Program.

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2018

Dwell Development built this 3,700-ft2 custom home in Seattle, Washington, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2018

High Performance Homes built this 4,270-ft2 custom home in Westminster, Maryland, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2018

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity built this 1,032-ft2 affordable home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2018

Revive Properties/ Philgreen Construction built this 1,533-ft2 townhome in Fort Collins, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2018

Thrive Home Builders built this 1,725-ft2 affordable home in Denver, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Gilbride
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2018

Thrive Home Builders built this 3,945-ftproduction home in Denver, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Author(s): Chan, Walker, Sherman
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
Report on how airtighness changes as houses age.
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): Turner, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
This study evaluates the energy, humidity and indoor air quality implications of residential ventilation cooling in all US IECC climate zones.
Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: November, 2013

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

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

Case study about approaches to comprehensive retrofits that are in reach of the ordinary builder.

Author(s): BA-PIRC
Organization(s): BA-PIRC
Publication Date: October, 2013

Case study describing a multifamily deep energy retrofit project in Annapolis, Maryland.

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

Case study about one of three deep energy renovations of occupied affordable homes.

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

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

Author(s): IBACOS
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: January, 2015

Case study about analysis of pre-retrofit utility data from 1,166 houses to help determine energy savings on a community-scale.

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in Maryland.

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): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: December, 2011

Case study about a whole-house, deep energy retrofit project in the marine climate.

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

Case study about a deep energy renovation of a home in the marine climate.

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

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

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.

Author(s): BA-PIRC
Organization(s): BA-PIRC
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study about a multifamily, affordable housing retrofit project that achieved 44% energy savings using readily available, cost effective measures.

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

Case study about an energy efficient retrofit project in hot-humid climates.

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

Case study describing a deep energy renovation of a home in Florida.

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

Case study describing a deep energy renovation of a home in Florida.

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

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

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.

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