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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: January, 2010

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

Author(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: February, 2013

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

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

Case study describing a builder's technology package that achieves energy savings of 50% over standard practice compared to the 2006 IECC.

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

Case study about a new construction project in Florida with a HERS score of 15.

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): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: September, 2010

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 marine climate zone.

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

Case study about new home construction in the marine climate that achieved 50% savings over the 2004 IECC.

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

Case study outlining technologies that can be implemented in new manufactured homes to increase comfort and realize energy savings.

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

Case study about a new construction building project of 20 luxury homes in northern New Jersey that were more energy efficient than ENERGY STAR and met the 50% energy savings requirements of the federal tax credit for new homes.

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

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

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

Case study about a new construction building project of 20 homes that earned HERS scores that represent greater than 50% energy savings in heating and cooling over the 2004 IECC.

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

Case study about two new construction projects in Florida built to be net zero energy homes.

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

Case study about a production builder that achieves HERS scores of 60, compared to 85 for other builders that build new homes to Florida code.

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

Case study describing a building project in the marine climate.

Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study on the first multifamily projecte nationwide to be certified under the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home program.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: April, 2009

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

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

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

Author(s): Turner, Roux, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: August, 2015
This study used an advanced airflow, energy and humidity modeling tool to evaluate the potential for residential mechanical pre-scooling strategies to reduce peak electriciy demand.
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): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: November, 2004

Case study describing the New American Home project.

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): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: November, 2006

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

Author(s): NSTAR
Organization(s): NSTAR
Publication Date: May, 2014

Case study describing how combination (combi) space and water heating systems can be used in homes with efficient thermal enclosures, decreasing energy consumption and costs.

Publication Date: October, 2015
Case study on using advanced controls to improve performance of combination space and water heating systems.
Publication Date: June, 2015
Case study on homes that have a single heating plant that provides space and water heating.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: April, 2017

This case study describes work with a production home builder K Hovnanian to evaluate air transfer between the garage and living space in a single-family home with an attached garage.

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

Case study measuring the performance of air-to-water heat pump systems in dry climates.

Publication Date: July, 2015

Case study on air sealing building enclosures using aerosolized sealant.

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

Case study describing research about spray foam roof insulation and moisture management.

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.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: November, 2013

Case study describing optimal design and limitations of cladding attachments over exterior sheathings.

Author(s): NSTAR, PARR
Organization(s): NSTAR, PARR
Publication Date: May, 2014

Case study describing a method for evaluating safe installation and operation of combustion appliances in homes undergoing energy efficiency upgrades where indoor air is used for combustion and venting.

Publication Date: December, 2015
Case study on combustion safety testing as an important step in upgrading for energy efficiency.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: August, 2012

Case study about eliminating excessive humidity in the attic of a multi-floor, single-family home that was causing condensation and water damage along the roof and eaves.

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

Case study describing installation of exterior rigid foam insulation on a slab foundation.

Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study describing how researchers monitored heat output and electricity consumption of air-source heat pumps
Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study describing an experiment to build and instrument unvented test roofs using air-permeable insulation in a cold climate and to analyze the moisture effects over time.
Publication Date: February, 2016
Case study on field testing an unvented roof with fibrous insulation and tiles.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2014

Case study by Building Science Corporation on best practices for using rigid foam sheathing as a drainage plane in new and retrofit wall construction. 

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

Case study exploring how heat pump water heaters can be cost-effective alternatives to traditional electric resistance water heaters.

Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study on high-performance ducts in hot-dry and mixed-dry climates.
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.

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