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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): German, Bell, Dakin, Hoeschele
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report assessing the performance and cost-effectiveness of a zero net energy community project in Davis, CA.

Author(s): Parker
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2008
Document describing the measured annual performance data from 12 recent-vintage very low energy homes in the US.
Author(s): Thomas-Rees, Chasar, Beal, Chandra
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: October, 2008

Document providing a case study of commissioned performance measures that justify costs for these demonstration and "live" show homes.

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

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

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2008

Report discussing Building America whole house systems research within the broad effort to reduce or eliminate the environmental impact of building and provides specific recommendations for future Building America research based on Building Science Corporations experience with several recent projects involving green home building programs.

Author(s): American Lung Association
Organization(s): American Lung Association
Publication Date: January, 2012
Document outlining important factors for homeowners to be aware of regarding healthy homes.
Author(s): Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Organization(s): Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Publication Date: June, 2010

Even as the worst housing market correction in more than 60 years appeared to turn a corner in 2009, the fallout from sharply lower home prices and high unemployment continued.

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): Puttagunta, Grab, Williamson
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2013

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.

Author(s): McIlvaine, Saunders, Bordelon, Baden, Elam, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC, TexEnergy Solutions, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
Publication Date: July, 2013

Report providing a SWOT analysis inherent to different models as a way of thinking about the transition from traditional business models into a viable model for delivering deep energy retrofits

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2004

Report outlining a case study about a building project in the hot-humid climate zone.

Author(s): Christian, Gehl, Boudreaux, New, Dockery
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2010

Research study exploring retrofit procedures and simulated post-occupancy data for three homes in an effort to determine the effectiveness of retrofit packages.

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): 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): 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): 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): 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): Mallay, Del Bianco
Organization(s): PHI, Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: August, 2013

Report following the evolution of the construction quality process from its development for new homes to its application construction of a HPH with enhanced specifications, and its application in a crawlspace renovation.

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): 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): Christian
Organization(s): ASHRAE

Case study about affordable net zero energy housing.

Author(s): City of Philadelphia
Organization(s): City of Philadelphia
Publication Date: May, 2011

Code for construction and rehabilitation of single-family houses and small multi-family properties in the City of Philadelphia.

Author(s): Poerschke, Stecher
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: June, 2014

Study conducted to help determine cost-effective solutions for heating and cooling houses that are designed to be energy efficient. 

Author(s): Miller, Kosny, Shrestha, Christian, Karagozis, Kohler, Dinse
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2004

Report about four homes in the Tennessee Valley built to showcase 50% greater energy efficiency compared to homes built to local code.

Author(s): Sutherland, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: February, 2013

Report evaluating the renovation of a 5,800-ft2, multiuse facility located in St. Petersburg, on the west coast of central Florida, in the hot-humid climate.

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): Butler, Curtis, Kim, Roberts, Sephenson
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report describing construction of test homes in Atlanta, GA meeting Building America savings targets and serving as a basis of design for other homes Martin Dodson plans to build within the Serenbe community.

Author(s): Zoeller, Shapiro, Vijayakumar, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: February, 2013

Report about a deep energy retrofit Cool Energy House.

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): 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): Brozyna
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2012

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): 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): Liaukus
Organization(s): BARA
Publication Date: December, 2014

Research project aimed to verify whether homes in the New Jersey HPwES program achieved 30% source energy savings, and if so, what measures were implemented to achieve them.

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): Gates, Osser
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Research study about two test homes that are examined with the goal of providing case studies that could be applied to other similar New England homes.

Author(s): Dentz, Conlin, Podorson, Alaigh
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report presenting ways public housing authorities (PHAs) can develop packages of energy efficiency retrofit measures the PHAs can cost-effectively implement with their own staff in the normal course of housing operations at the time when units are refurbished between occupancies.

Author(s): FEMA
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: November, 2009

Report that addresses flood, wind and seismic hazards and recommends several multi-hazard resistant foundation designs of manufactured homes.

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): Sherwin, Colon, Parker, Martin
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: December, 2010
Paper examining the monitored performance of four newly constructed near zero energy homes in Florida.
Author(s): Weitzel, German, Porse
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report presenting performance results from tests conducted on an energy efficiency retrofit project in Stockton, California.

Author(s): Osser, Kerrigan
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Report providing information about improving the energy efficiency and long-term durability of the buildings that are being reconstructed post Katrina in New Orleans.

Author(s): Dickson
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2011

Report providing information about improving the energy efficiency and long-term durability of the buildings that are being reconstructed post Katrina in New Orleans.

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): Gordon, Howard, Kunkle, Lubliner, Auer, Clegg
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report demonstrating cost-effective energy savings targets as well as improved comfort and indoor environmental quality associated with deep energy retrofits by a large public housing authority as part of a larger rehabilitation effort.

Author(s): Neuhauser
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2012

Report about a test home project evaluating strategies to elevate the performance of existing homes to a level commensurate with best-in-class implementation of high performance new construction homes.

Author(s): Chasar, vonSchramm
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report summarizing a case study about the performance of three occupied homes built in 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.

Author(s): Pettit, Neuhauser, Gates
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2013

Guidebook providing useful examples of high performance retrofit techniques for the building enclosure of wood frame residential construction in a cold and somewhat wet climate.

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

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

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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2004

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.

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