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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): 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.

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.

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