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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: January, 2011

Case study about new home construction in the hot-humid climate.

Author(s): FSEC, BA-PIRC
Organization(s): FSEC, BA-PIRC
Publication Date: March, 2014

Case study about a new construction project in Florida, designed to produce as much energy as it consumes.

Author(s): FSEC
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: March, 2014

Case study about a new home construction project in Florida.

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

Case study about a new construction home in the hot-humid climate.

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

Case study about new home construction in the marine climate.

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

Case study about new home construction in the hot-humid climate.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2014

Case study about family-run Treasure Homes, that achieved a HERS rating of 46 without PV on its prototype “Gem” home, located on the blustery shores of Lake Michigan in northern Indiana.

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

Case study about a new home construction in the hot-dry climate.

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): Goldberg, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: September, 2015
Report assessing slab-on-grade foundation insulation energy savings.
Author(s): Springer, German
Organization(s): ARBI
Publication Date: June, 2015
Report on on lessons learned from building one multifamily home to the Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements.
Author(s): Less, Mullen, Singer, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California.
Author(s): ORNL
Organization(s): ORNL
Publication Date: October, 2013

Case study of a basement retrofit of a 1916 home in Madison, Wisconsin, home that involved installing dimple drain mat and closed-cell spray foam on interior of basement wall and an interior footing drain to manage moisture before finishing an existing basement.

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

Case study describing a basement remodel of a 1928 Minneapolis home that involved installing dimple drain mat and closed-cell spray foam on interior of basement wall and an interior footing drain to manage moisture before finishing an existing basement.

Author(s): Walker, Stratton
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
Report on performance of current diagnostics as well as a draft test method for use in future air flow evaluations.
Author(s): Walker, Stratton
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
Guidance on performance of current diagnostics as well as a draft test method for use in future air flow evaluations.
Author(s): Ueno, Loomis
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2015
Report on the long-term performance of mini-split heat pumps.
Author(s): Rose, Francisco, Merrin
Organization(s): PARR
Publication Date: October, 2015
Report on the impact of air sealing between the foundation and the living space on radon transport reduction across the foundation and living space floor assembly at fifteen home.
Author(s): Loomis, Pettit
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: June, 2015
Report on two approaches to retrofitting existing double-stud walls.
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): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003

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

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003

Case study about a demonstration project of a zero net energy home in Las Vegas, NV.

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: October, 2004

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

Publication Date: February, 2016

Case study describing the testing of a 30-home, high-performance, energy-efficient, sustainable community.

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): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2012

Case study about one builder's conversion to high-performance building in the hot-humid regions of the Atlantic seaboard.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): HIRL
Publication Date: February, 2016

Case study on compact buried ducts in hot-humid climate homes.

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

Case study describing a new construction project in the cold climate zone.

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

Case study about 50% energy savings projects for new multifamily homes in cold climates.

Author(s): IBACOS
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: October, 2013

Case study describing application of exterior rigid foam insulation on a foundation system.

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

Case study about a new building project that partnered with Habitat for Humanity.

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

Case study about a new construction project in North Carolina.

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

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

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

Case study about a new home builder that strives to address health, safety, and durability issues in a hot and humid climate.

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

Case study about a home builder that has refined its home designs to achieve HERS scores of 49 to 56 on 40 to 70 homes per year.

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): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: December, 2014

Case study about the Green Home 3 project, which achieved a 44% whole-house energy savings over the Building America New Construction B10 Benchmark, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification, and National Green Building Standard Gold-level certification.

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

Case study describing a building project in the marine climate.

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003

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

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

Case study about design and testing 10 high-performance homes in Farmington, Connecticut.

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

Case study about energy efficienct new home construction that also incorporated moisture management techniques for durability in the damp Northwest climate.

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2004

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): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: February, 2013

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

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

Case study about a builder in Georgia that designs energy-efficient homes for a green community, yielding homes with HERS scores as lowas 59 and electric bills as low as $50 a month.

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

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

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