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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): Baechler, Antonopoulos, Sevigny, Gilbride, Hefty
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report discussing opportunities and trends in the home performance industry, along with market drivers such as consumer demand; federal, state, and local programs; and utility and non-governmental programs.

Author(s): Polly, Gestwick, Bianchi, Anderson, Horowitz, Christensen, Judkoff
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2011

Report describing an analysis method for determining optimal residential energy efficiency retrofit packages and applies the analysis method to a 1960s-era home in eight U.S. cities.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Adams, Butner, Oritz, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2011

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): Baechler, Bartlett, Gilbride
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2009

Document providing guidance to U.S. home builders who want to accept the challenge.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Williamson, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2010

Report providing builders in marine climates with guidance for building homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2011

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.

An online resource for building best practices.
Author(s): BAIHP, BIRA, BSC, CARB, DEG, IBACOS, NAHB Research Center, NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2006
Report summarizing research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in the Marine Climate Region on a cost-neutral basis.
Author(s): Gates
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report describing a deep energy retrofit project for a two-family wood framed home located in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Author(s): Koel
Organization(s): American Technical Publishers
Website with instructructional material for career and technical education.
Author(s): Bianchi
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2011

Report summarizing the key opportunities, gaps, and barriers identified by the national laboratory white papers discussing long-term 50% energy reduction goals.

Author(s): Cunningham, Hannigan
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: March, 2013

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): Less, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Guidance document on deep energy retrofits.

Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2015

Part of a larger LBNL report (Deep Energy Retrofit Guidance for the Building America Solutions Center), the Design and Construction Process chapter provides detailed guidance for each process phase: pre-planning, planning, construction, test-out and post-occupancy.

Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2015

Part of a larger LBNL report (Deep Energy Retrofit Guidance for the Building America Solutions Center), the Lessons Learned chapter focuses on successful deep energy retrofit projects throughout the U.S.

Author(s): Zoeller
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: May, 2006
Information sheet describing building practices designed to withstand hurricanes.
Author(s): Bianco, Wiehagen, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report that outlines steps of translating a new home construction scopes of work to scopes of work specifically for retrofits.

Author(s): Burdick, Poerschke, Rapport
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: June, 2014
Report using a field test plan to evaluate the success of implementing energy efficiency upgrades at the community scale incorporating whole-house systems integrated measures package (SIMP).
Author(s): Britt, Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Makela, Schneider, Kaufman
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Kaufman Heritage Conservation
Publication Date: February, 2011

Document providing a resource to help contractors renovate historic houses, while addressing issues such as building durability, indoor air quality, and occupant health, safety, and comfort.

Author(s): Wood, Wiehagen
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Expert meeting describing meeting details for key innovations for adding energy efficiency upgrades to maintenance projects.

Author(s): McIlvaine, Sutherland, Schleith, Chandra
Organization(s): Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2010

Report about a building projects process including findings to date and highlights of the first home to meet the target HERS Index of 70.\

Author(s): Edwards, Bohac, Nelson, Smith
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2013

Report about a project focused on the use of home energy ratings as a tool to promote energy retrofits in existing homes.

Author(s): Stephenson, Roberts, Butler, Kim
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Southface Energy Institute
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report outlining the energy upgrade package implemented in Ft. Benning, GA, Indianhead Townhomes project and the findings of the Southface Energy Institutes post-renovation analysis.

Author(s): Wiehagen, Del Bianco, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: February, 2013
Report detailing field walk-through evaluations, energy simulations for projected savings with exterior insulation upgrades, building envelope energy improvement cost estimates, and installation and maintenance of monitoring equipment and data.
Author(s): Lstiburek, Brennan
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2001

Document providing guidance about building healthy homes using building science principles.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2006

Report discussing the importance of durability and energy efficiency in building construction.

Author(s): Roberts
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2012

Information sheet about the National Residential Efficiency Measures Database, a public database that characterizes the performance and costs of common residential energy efficiency measures.

Author(s): Liaukus
Organization(s): BARA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Media
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report investigating what motivates remodelers to become energy-focused and what technical knowledge that need to be energy-focused.

Author(s): Hewes, Peeks
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Northwest Energy Works
Publication Date: February, 2013

Research study conducted on new specifications that would improve on the energy requirements of a NEEM home.

Author(s): VonThoma, Ojczyk
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study identifying best practices of three successful high performance, custom home builders in the upper Midwest.

Author(s): Lstiburek, Brennan
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2006

Document with important building science considerations, designed for members of the residential construction and remodeling industries, as well as owners and managers who work in affordable housing.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: September, 2009

Document containing some of the basic characteristics that should be met in all high performance homes.

Author(s): Stetcher, Allison
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2012

Report describing research efforts focused on examining the audit reports for quality, comprehensiveness, and consistency.

Author(s): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2010

Report about a tool developed to enable users to compare a typical 1970s ranch home against an IECC 2009 code_compliant home of the same configuration and against the 70s base case plus retrofits.

Author(s): Lyons
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report summarizing commissioning, short-term testing, and analysis that occurred before, during, and just after the actual retrofit of the Bay Ridge project.

Author(s): Christian
Organization(s): ASHRAE

Case study about affordable net zero energy housing.

Author(s): German, Weitzel, Backman, Hoeschele, Dakin
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study presenting a unique opportunity to both identify and evaluate deep retrofit measures that are practical and potentially cost effective for the retrofit market, as well as review the cost effectiveness of the Passive House design approach for achieving energy savings in deep retrofits.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: June, 2017

Standard Work Specifications (SWS) are a major component of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project and define the minimum requirements to ensure that the work performed during home energy upgrades is effective, durable, and safe.

Author(s): Savage, Hunt
Organization(s): BARA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Media
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report intending to provide useful information as the DOE/BA develops and implements comprehensive communications and outreach strategies for demonstration homes.

Author(s): Prahl
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Document serving as a starting point that features initial tools and resources for teams to start collaborating to continually improve the energy efficiency and durability of new houses.

Author(s): German, Dakin, Backman, Weitzel, Springer
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study determining how well high performance envelope and innovative cooling system interact to cost effectively reduce cooling energy use in this hot-dry climate.

Author(s): McGeough, Baker, Peters, Beitel
Organization(s): PARR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2012

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): Butler, Curtis, Kim, Roberts, Sephenson
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: March, 2013
Report outlining the features of a new house, discusses the implementation of the energy efficient design, and presents the results of short-term characterization testing.
Author(s): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, NREL
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2004

Report developed for Habitat for Humanity about lessons learned from demonstration retrofit projects undertaken by Habitat for Humanity affiliates in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; with building systems consulting and technical assistance provided by Steven Winter Associates.

Author(s): Christian
Organization(s): ASHRAE

Case study about affordable housing in a mixed, humid climate.