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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: December, 2011

Case study about cost-effectively reducing energy use by over 50% in an existing home.

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

Case study describing ductwork installation.

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

Case study about a multifamily retrofit project using individual heat recovery ventilators in 10 separate building units.

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

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

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

Case study about an energy efficient renovation in the cold climate.

Publication Date: September, 2015
Case study on the retrofit of a 1960s split-level home.
Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: March, 2011

Case study describing a retrofit project in the marine climate.

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2010

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

Author(s): PNNL
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2010

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

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

Case study describing a retrofit project in the marine climate.

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): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: August, 2008
Case study describing a building project in the mixed-humid climate zone.
Author(s): Levy, Dentz, Ansanelli, Barker, Rath, Dadia
Organization(s): ARIES Collaborative
Publication Date: December, 2015

Report a field evaluation of four novel roof designs in energy-efficient manufactured homes.

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): Ueno, Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: September, 2015
Report to understand the long-term moisture performance of unvented roof assemblies with fibrous insulation.
Author(s): Harrington, Springer
Organization(s): ARBI
Publication Date: September, 2015
Report presenting the results from several demonstrations of a new method for sealing building envelop air leaks.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: June, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case study about new home construction in the mixed-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 marine climate.

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

Case study about new home construction in the cold climate.

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

Case study about a builder in Texas that met the stringent requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy's Builders Challenge on over 779 homes in 2010.

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: September, 2010

Case study about new home construction in the hot-humid climate, part of a project building 100 new homes after hurricane Katrina.

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: 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.

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