Zone 5

Project Abstract
IBACOS will investigate a simplified residential air delivery system to resolve comfort issues reported in low-load, production-built homes. This project could result in state-of-the-art comfort distribution systems, as well as a thermal comfort metric that helps builders and HVAC contractors measure and communicate the value of improved comfort delivery systems.
Author(s)
Baker J,
Yee S,
Brand L
Organization(s)
Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit,
PARR,
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
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Description
Report that collected field data from a whole-home program in Illinois are utilized to compare marketplace-installed measures to the energy saving optimal packages previously developed for 15 housing types.
Author(s)
Neuhauser
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
BSC
Publication Date
Description
Report about a project that examines implementation of advanced retrofit measures in the context of a large-scale weatherization program and the archetypal Chicago, Illinois, brick bungalow.
Author(s)
Baechler Michael C,
Gilbride Theresa L,
Hefty Marye G,
Cole Pam C,
Adams Karen T,
Butner R S,
Ortiz S J,
Love Pat M
Organization(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
PNNL,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
ORNL
Publication Date
Description
Report describing measures that builders in mixed-humid climates can use to build homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.
Author(s)
Zuluaga
Organization(s)
Home Energy
Publication Date
Description
Document explaining why a vapor retarder that changes permeability with changing relative humidity provides added protection against moisture problems in exterior walls.
Author(s)
Joseph Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Article from Building Science Corporation on construction techniques for extreme heat conditions in Dubai and Las Vegas.
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Author(s)
Alaska Public Media
Organization(s)
Alaska Public Media
Description
Video from Alaska Public Media and Cold Climate Housing Research Center explaining how the changing climate will need to be met with changing housing structures, specifically homes' foundations.
Author(s)
Baechler Michael C,
Gilbride Theresa L,
Hefty Marye G,
Cole Pam C,
Love Pat M
Organization(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
PNNL,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
ORNL
Publication Date
Description
Guide describing measures that builders in the cold and very cold climates can take to build homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.
Author(s)
Baechler Michael C,
Taylor Z Todd,
Bartlett Rosemarie,
Gilbride Theresa L,
Hefty Marye G,
Steward Heidi,
Love Pat M
Organization(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
PNNL,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
ORNL
Publication Date
Description
Document providing a resource to help builders large and small build high-quality, energy-efficient homes that achieve 30% energy savings in space conditioning and water heating in the cold and very cold climates.
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Author(s)
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Organization(s)
CCHRC
Description
Video from Cold Climate Housing Research Center on SIP construction and how to build with these materials.
Author(s)
Spanier,
Scheu,
Brand,
Yang
Organization(s)
PARR,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date
Description
Report identifying housing characteristics and energy use for fifteen single-family housing types and specifies measure packages that provide an optimum level of energy savings based on a BEopt analysis.
Author(s)
Shawn LeMons
Organization(s)
Mitsubishi Electric Trane U.S.,
EEBA
Publication Date
Description
Webinar from Mitsubishi Electric Trane U.S. on the pros and cons of using cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP) in homes in cold climates.
Author(s)
Shawn LeMons
Organization(s)
Mitsubishi Electric Trane U.S.,
EEBA
Publication Date
Description
Webinar from Shawn LeMons for EEBA on the pros and cons of using cold climate air source heat pumps (ccASHP) in homes in cold climates. Free EEBA login required.
Project Abstract
NEEP conducted a market assessment of existing installer practices as well as existing guidance tools, protocols and resources specific to cold climates. Using the market assessment findings, NEEP developed ccashp design and installation guidance for trade contractors. The documents are developed to assist installers around sizing and selecting ASHPs for cold climate applications, while preserving high efficiency, performance, and customer satisfaction. HI Cat will cross-promote and link to the guidance.
Author(s)
Kosny,
Fallahi,
Shukla
Organization(s)
Fraunhofer CSE,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Research study investigating the energy performance and cost effectiveness of several state-of-the-art retrofit strategies that could be used in residential houses in the Boston and New England area.
Author(s)
Goldberg,
Steigauf
Organization(s)
NorthernSTAR,
NSTAR,
University of Minnesota
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Description
Research study describing an experimental and theoretical investigation of the energy and hygrothermal performance of retrofit foundation insulation systems in climate zones 6 and 7.
Author(s)
Colorado Geological Survey
Organization(s)
Colorado Geological Survey
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet discussing building foundation problems caused by settling soil in Colorado.
Author(s)
Engelmann,
Roth,
Tiefenbeck
Organization(s)
Fraunhofer CSE,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Description
Report documenting the results of an in-depth evaluation of thermal comfort for two potential net zero-energy homes (NZEHs) in Massachusetts.
Author(s)
Cunningham,
Hannigan
Organization(s)
NorthernSTAR,
University of Minnesota,
NSTAR
Publication Date
Description
Research study comparing various retrofit models in Wisconsin to evaluate performance in terms of savings per home and program cost per home to assess the relative cost effectiveness of each program design.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
BSC
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a new construction project designed to achieve an 87% reduction in source energy use when compared to the 2009 Building America Benchmark.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
BSC
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a retrofit project designed to show that advanced energy goals could be met today in existing housing.
Author(s)
Kochkin,
Wiehagen
Organization(s)
Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date
Description
Part I of the Guide addresses walls constructed with 2x6 wood frame studs, wood structural panel (WSP) sheathing as exterior sheathing, gypsum board as interior sheathing, and a cladding system installed over WSP sheathing in low-rise residential buildings up to three stories in height. The Guide is...
Author(s)
Kochkin,
Wiehagen
Organization(s)
Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date
Description
The Guide addresses walls constructed with 2x4 wood frame studs, wood structural panel sheathing (WSP) as wall bracing and added backing for foam sheathing, a layer of rigid foam sheathing insulation up to 1.5 inches thick over the WSP, and a cladding system installed over the foam sheathing in low...
Author(s)
Aldrich Robb,
Williamson Jim
Organization(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Research report anayzing the results of a large retrofit project, turining an old school into near zero energy consumption apartments in Greenfield MA.
Author(s)
Aldrich Robb,
Vijayakumar Gayathri
Organization(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Report describing the monitored long-term performance of two solar domestic water heating systems in northern climates.
Author(s)
Joseph Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
Publication Date
Description
Article describing the importance of air sealing, insulation, and roof ventilation in reducing the likelihood of ice dam formation on roofs in cold snowy climates.
Project Abstract
UoR shall evaluate a new manufacturing process for producing lower cost superwicking materials. The wicking performance of the material produced with the new manufacturing process will be tested and compared to a wicking material produced using a laser surfacing technique.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2013 Housing Innovation Award Winner in Herriman, UT, that scored HERS 40 without PV, -1 with PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2013 Housing Innovation Award Winner that scored HERS 41 without PV and HERS 3 with PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2013 Housing Innovation Award Winner in Devens MA that scored HERS 35 without PV or HERS -37 with PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a 4,763 ft2 certified Passive House that achieved HERS 27 without PV through the construction of R-54 walls that use ICF plus fiberglass cavity insulation, an R-100 vented attic, extensive air sealing and flashing, triple-pane windows, ductless heat pumps, and solar hot water.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2014 Housing Innovation Award winner that scored HERS 38 without PV. and 0 with PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2016 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer home in the cold climate that achieved a HERS score of 31 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2016 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer home in the cold climate that used R-30 SIP walls, R-56 unvented attic, and 19.2 EER air-to-water heat pump to achieve a HERS score of 29 with PV and 45 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2016 Housing Innovation Award winning affordable home in the mixed-humid climate that used 2x4 studs 24" o.c. staggered on 2x6 plates XPS wrapped walls, 20-inch R-60 blown cellulose vented attic, triple-pane windows to achieve a HERS score of...
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2016 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer home in the cold climate that used 2x6, 24-inch on-center walls, and a 24 EER ground source heat pump to achieve a HERS score of 35 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2016 Housing Innovation Award winning affordable home in the cold climate that achieved a HERS score of -12 with PV and 41 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2017 Housing Innovation Award winning custom spec home in the cold climate that achieved a HERS score of 38 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2017 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer home in the cold climate that achieved a HERS score of 48 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2017 Housing Innovation Award winning production home in the cold climate that achieved a HERS score of 4 with PV and 38 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning production home in the cold climate that achieved a HERS score of 8 with PV and 43 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
PNNL,
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing project and performance data and energy-efficiency measures for a DOE 2019 Housing Innovation Award winning home that was certified to the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home criteria.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom homes for buyer in the cold climate that used 2x8, 16-inch on-center walls, R-84.6 roof insulation, and triple-pane windows to achieve a HERS score of -13 with PV, and 36 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning attached home in the cold climate that used R-61, 16-inch blown cellulose attic insulation, triple-pane windows, and a 17 SEER central heat pump to achieve a HERS score of 32 with PV and 48 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom homes for buyer in the cold climate that used 2x6 on-center walls, R-50 16-inch vented roof insulation, and a 19 SEER AC system to achieve a HERS score of 46 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom spec homes in the cold climate that used 2x6, 16-inch on-center walls, R-72 unvented attic insulation, and 16.1 SEER mini-split heat pumps to achieve a HERS score of 19 with PV and 39 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning affordable home in the hot-humid climate that used 2x6, 24-inch on-center walls with 5.5-inch open-cell spray foam insulation and OSB sheathing, triple-pane windows, and 20-inch, R-60 blown-in cellulose...
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer homes in the cold climate that used triple-pane windows and two 19 SEER ducted mini-split heat pumps to achieve a HERS score of -97 with PV and 37 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer homes in the cold climate that used R-44 insulation in the double walls, R-60 blown fiberglass attic insulation, and triple-pane windows to achieve a HERS score of 14 with PV and 44...
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning affordable home in the cold climate that used a SIP shed roof, triple pane windows, and a 26.1 SEER ductless heat pump to achieve a HERS score of -20 with PV and 35 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer homes in the marine climate that used R-29 SIP walls, R-59 graphite roof SIPs, and triple-pane windows to achieve a HERS score of -19 with PV and 33 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study poster describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning attached home in the cold climate that used 2x6, 24-inch on-center walls and R-50 blown fiberglass attic insulation to achieve a HERS score of 29 with PV and 50 without PV.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning affordable home in the cold climate that used above-grade walls filled with 5.5 inches of open-cell spray foam and sheathed with an R-6.5 insulated coated OSB sheathing, providing a continuous air barrier and...
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning custom for buyer home in the cold climate that used triple-pane windows, a hydronic radiant floor heating system, an electric vehicle charging station, and 7.3kW of rooftop-mounted solar panels to achieve a HERS...
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
PNNL
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home 2020 Housing Innovation Award winning attached housing home in the cold climate that used high insulation levels in the attic, walls, and under the slab, with ENERGY STAR appliances, and solar PV panels to achieve a HERS score of 29 with PV and 50...
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
BSC
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a building project in Ohio.
Author(s)
Yee S,
Baker J,
Brand L,
Wells J
Organization(s)
Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit,
PARR,
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date
Description
Report using pre- and post-system upgrade data to analyze the energy savings associated with Iowa's HVAC SAVE program for space heating.
Author(s)
Rowley,
Kerr,
Brank
Organization(s)
PARR,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Gas Technology Institute,
Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance,
CNT Energy,
Future Energy Enterprises
Publication Date
Description
Document reviewing of the current northern Illinois energy efficiency retrofit programs.
Author(s)
Brand
Organization(s)
PARR,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date
Description
Expert meeting identifying installation practices that provide the best installed efficiency for residential gas furnaces, explain how AFUE and field efficiency can differ, and investigate the impact of installation practices on the efficiency and long-term durability of the furnace.
Author(s)
Baker Peter
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
NREL
Publication Date
Description
Research study developing baseline engineering analysis to support the installation of thick layers of exterior insulation (2 in. to 8 in.) on existing masonry walls and wood framed walls.
Author(s)
Shapiro,
Puttagunta
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Research study evaluating 14 heat pump water heaters, attempting to provide publically available field data on new HPWHs by monitoring the performance of three recently released products .
Author(s)
Moriarta
Organization(s)
Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date
Description
Journal article describing energy and cost savings potential from air sealing multifamily town homes.
Author(s)
Zoeller,
Slattery,
Grab
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Report about development of effective strategies to reduce the overall building energy use in line with Building America goals in this modestly priced market rate project.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
BSC
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
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Author(s)
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Organization(s)
CCHRC
Description
Video from Cold Climate Housing Research Center explaining how to correctly 'fur' and outside wall for maximum insulation protection.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
BSC
Publication Date
Description
Case study describing a building project in the cold and very-cold climate zones.
Author(s)
Wiehagen,
Kochkin
Organization(s)
NAHB Research Center,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Research study presenting results of an existing home monitoring project designed to measure wall cavity moisture characteristics.
Author(s)
Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Information Center
Organization(s)
Minnesota Department of Commerce
Publication Date
Description
Article describing the causes that form ice dams, as well as solutions for preventing future ice dams on roofs, focusing on air sealing to prevent hot air leakage.
Author(s)
Chris Dorsi
Organization(s)
Montana State University Extension
Publication Date
Description
Article from Montana State University Extension explaining how proper insulation techniques can greatly reduce the risks of ice dams on roofs in cold climate zones.
Publication Date
Author(s)
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Organization(s)
CCHRC
Description
Video from Cold Climate Housing Research Center on complete wall system construction guidelines in cold climates. Part 1 of 2.
Publication Date
Author(s)
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Organization(s)
CCHRC
Description
Video from Cold Climate Housing Research Center on complete wall system construction guidelines in cold climates. Part 2 of 2.
Author(s)
BetterBuilt NW
Organization(s)
BetterBuiltNW,
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date
Description
Software tool available free online that can help calculate heating and cooling requirements to accurately size HVAC equipment in as little as 15 minutes.
Author(s)
Brand L,
Yee S,
Baker J
Organization(s)
Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit,
PARR
Publication Date
Description
Report examining the impacts that common installation practices and age- induced equipment degradation may have on the installed performance of natural gas furnaces, as measured by steady-state efficiency and AFUE.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Report with an overall HTWII introduction and four sections explaining the four most important hygro-thermal regions: Hot-Humid, Mixed-Humid, Cold, and Hot-Dry/Mixed-Dry.
Publication Date
Author(s)
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Organization(s)
CCHRC
Description
Video from Cold Climate Housing Research Center on how to incorporate energy efficient building design into cold climates, focusing on the tribal community of Kwigillingok, Alaska.
Project Abstract
Unilux Advanced Manufacturing, LLC is a Schenectady, NY based corporation that is engaged in the design, evaluation, manufacture, and commercial distribution of high performance large scale boilers. Unilux currently has built and partially tested a 10 MMBTU prototype large scale condensing boiler (LSCB) with an anticipated efficiency of 96% compared to a conventional boiler efficiency of 81%. An 8-20 MMBTU LSCB would be appropriately sized for large facilities such as public schools, universities, state owned buildings, hospitals, and hotels.
Author(s)
Stecher Dave,
Allison Katherine,
Prahl Duncan
Organization(s)
IBACOS,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
NREL
Publication Date
Description
Report presenting a cold climate project that examines the relationships among energy efficient single-family residential thermal enclosures, room-to-room temperature variations, and simplified space conditioning systems.
Author(s)
Stecher Dave,
Allison Katherine
Organization(s)
IBACOS,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
NREL
Publication Date
Description
Report about a two-year study intended to document the energy performance of a house in each sub-metered area and compare the performance to modeled predictions and to assess the thermal comfort performance of the single point mini-split heat pump.
Author(s)
Springer,
Dakin,
German
Organization(s)
ARBI,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Davis Energy Group
Publication Date
Description
The purpose of this measure guideline on ventilation cooling is to provide information on a cost effective solution for reducing cooling system energy and demand in homes located in hot-dry and cold-dry climates.
Author(s)
Arena Lois,
Mantha Pallavi
Organization(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
NREL
Publication Date
Description
Report describing evaluation of several configurations of wall assemblies to determine the accuracy of moisture modeling and make recommendations to ensure durable, efficient assemblies.
Project Abstract
Building Science Corporation and partners will evaluate the use of a vapor control membrane, or diffusion vent, which could substantially reduce the risk of moisture issues in roof assemblies with fibrous insulation. This project will field test this solution in a cold climate new construction test house over three years, and will also test the approach in a high impact existing home weatherization application to be determined through stakeholder engagement.
Author(s)
Ueno,
Lstiburek,
Bergey
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Research study examining the performance of existing multifamily ventilation central systems and explored alternative solutions in retrofit situations.
Project Abstract
The Wild Center will refine the analysis to determine the optimum thermal storage volume with respect to energy savings, cost, and available area. The preliminary analysis shows that 1,700 gallons would yield improved performance, however they do not have the space to install a single tank with this volume. Instead, they will install two tanks each with half the identified volume. Clarkson University will build upon their previous studies of the boiler and extensively monitor the performance benefits associated with the thermal storage. They will capture data of the course of two years which will provide a comprehensive data set. They will also conduct an evaluation according to the ASHRAE 155P test method. The Wild Center will incorporate the data into their exhibits, allowing visitors to better understand biomass combustion.
Project Abstract
Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems Inc. and partners will develop models that use communicating thermostat data and interval electricity and gas data to remotely identify homes with significant energy savings opportunities. The tool will identify the top 20% of homes with the greatest potential for energy savings from insulation, air sealing, and/or heating system upgrades, reducing the number of unnecessary energy audits.
Author(s)
Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
Organization(s)
IBHS
Publication Date
Description
Webpage providing guidance for homeowners on how much snow weight a typical roof can handle and when to consider removing snow from the roof.
Author(s)
Paul Fisette
Organization(s)
UMass Amherst Department of Environmental Conservation
Publication Date
Description
Article describing how ice dams form on residential roofs, how they damage homes, and solutions to prevent future dams.
Author(s)
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Organization(s)
Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Publication Date
Description
Ice dam fact sheet from Wisconsin Focus on Energy explaining how to prevent future ice dams on homes by learning about their formation and mitigation of contributing factors.
Author(s)
IBHS DisasterSafety
Organization(s)
IBHS
Publication Date
Description
List of recommendations from IBHS on how to protect homes from ice dam formation.
Author(s)
Osser,
Neuhauser,
Ueno
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Report about seven pilot homes and development of guidelines for deep energy retrofits in cold climates.
Author(s)
Kenneth Hellevang
Organization(s)
NDSU
Publication Date
Description
Webpage explaining how to mitigate heat loss through roofs for ice dam prevention.
Project Abstract
Syracuse University will fabricate and laboratory test a stack of Flame-assisted Fuel Cells (FFCs), which can generate electricity from the flame of fuel combustion. The research is intended to analyze the performance of the FFCs as well as their ability to undergo extensive thermal cycling. Data will be collected to quantify the open circuit voltage, power density, current density, and stack impedance compared to calculated values. Syracuse University will conduct research to determine if there are any opportunities to improve on material construction. The project will conclude with a market analysis and economic assessment of applications for the technology
Author(s)
Brozyna
Organization(s)
IBACOS,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Report describing modification of model specifications to include guidance on energy efficiency measures is one approach that developers such as Mercy Housing of Denver, Colorado, are using to support their project teams.
Author(s)
Ueno,
Kerrigan,
Wytrykowska,
Van Straaten
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Research study about a high performance retrofit of an existing brick building (a former convent) into condominiums, all affordable housing.
Author(s)
Shapiro Carl,
Aldrich Robb,
Arena Lois
Organization(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,
CARB,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
NREL,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Report describing procedures for increasing sensible efficiencies through increased flow rates across the air handling unit and increased indoor coil sizes.
Author(s)
Schoenbauer,
Bohac,
McAlpine,
Hewett
Organization(s)
NorthernSTAR,
University of Minnesota,
NSTAR
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This project analyzed combined condensing water heaters or boilers and hydronic air coils to provide high efficiency domestic hot water (DHW) and forced air space heating. Called "combi" systems, they provided similar space and water heating performance less expensively than installing two...
Overview
An entirely new section in the 2015 IECC/IRC regarding fuel-burning appliances basically requires the appliance to be isolated from the building thermal envelope, located either outside or within a separate room if the fuel-burning appliance is supplied by open combustion air ducts. This brief provides an overview of the requirements and further details of approving the actual "room".
Description
Guide describing how to insulate slabs on grade in climate zones 4 and higher.
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City of Philadelphia
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City of Philadelphia
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Code for construction and rehabilitation of single-family houses and small multi-family properties in the City of Philadelphia.
Author(s)
Zhong
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Report describing a comparison of hydrothermal performances of DryRightTM fiberglass batts and kraft-faced fiberglass batts in a south facing wall assembly with a moisture storage cladding material.
Author(s)
Aldrich Robb
Organization(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Report providing a synopsis of a project to evaluate the performance of a roof-integrated solar water heating system.
Project Abstract
Activities under this project will advance the development and market readiness of Vital Vio lighting products. These activities include characterization and optimization of Vital Vios current prototypes, full scale design concepts, LED module requirements including design and thermal analysis, LED module for incorporation into final fixture designs, various testing and certifications, and pilot implementations.
Author(s)
Drumheller,
Wiehagen
Organization(s)
NAHB Research Center,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Report providing information based on research and case studies, to remodelers and consumers about opportunities to increase home energy performance.
Author(s)
McGeough U,
Baker W,
Peters J,
Beitel A
Organization(s)
Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit,
PARR,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
NREL
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Research study making several recommendations to whole-home program designers and implementers for improving the cost effectiveness and reach of whole-home programs.
Author(s)
IBACOS
Organization(s)
IBACOS
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Case study describing a stand-off furring strategy that minimizes the physical connections to each existing wall stud, uses spray foam to encapsulate existing siding materials (including lead paint), and creates a vented rain screen assembly to promote drying.
Project Abstract
The objective of the research is to test the energy performance and demand reduction capabilities of the high-efficiency cellular shading devices and associated automated control strategies in the PNNL matched pair of laboratory homes. Tests outcomes will measure the cost-effective materials for existing homes. examine persistence of savings through Automated Operation of Dynamic Systems, and examine the benefits to of coordinating Cellular Shades with HVAC Demand-Response Events.
Author(s)
Puttagunta,
Grab,
Williamson
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Report about seeking a 30% source energy savings targets over a comparable 2009 International Energy Conservation Code-built home in the cold climate zone, using simple measures.
Project Abstract
This project will explore the benefits and opportunities of Total Charge Management, where electric vehicle charging is managed across multiple charging events to maximize vehicle load flexibility. The project will test how flexible electric vehicle load can be if managed across a driver's daily or weekly charge events. This flexibility will utilize several pricing mechanisms to estimate the benefits of the Total Charge Management approach. The research will develop and evaluate advanced vehicle telematics for utilities and grid operators to align vehicle battery status, driver mobility needs and grid conditions. Collaboration between the grid and the driver can yield a charging load profile that minimizes energy costs by aligning daily and weekly charging events to best meet grid needs.
Author(s)
Aldrich Robb,
Walsh John T,
Swift Joseph
Organization(s)
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA,
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,
CARB,
Western Massachusetts Electric Company,
Northeast Utilities
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Report summarizing results from a study in Massachusetts that aimed to upgrade existing homes and incorporate solar thermal systems.
Author(s)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s)
NREL
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Report about a project with successful integration of numerous energy-conservation and renewable-energy features into a beautiful, comfortable, and very energy-efficient off-grid home.
Author(s)
Aldrich Robb
Organization(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Report summarizing results from a case study about whole-house mechanical ventilation systems in Chicago.
Author(s)
Aldrich Robb
Organization(s)
Home Energy Magazine
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Article describing sustainable community development of near zero energy homes in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Author(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Research study describing demonstration homes that provided a wealth of information for the building community in terms of the science, effort, and cost of increasing the energy efficiency of our nations housing stock.
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Author(s)
Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Organization(s)
CCHRC
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Video from Cold Climate Housing Research Center on how warm air typically leaks out of homes through attics via the stack effect and how to mitigate these effects through building practices.