Case Studies

Mixed-Humid Climate: Suwanee River Administration Building

Ultra low energy (ULE) buildings are closely related to the more widely known zero energy buildings. ULE's are energy self-sufficient, solar-powered structures. This case study is for the Suwanee River Administration Building in Clinch County, Georgia.

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Cold Climate: EcoVillage Cleveland

EcoVillage Cleveland includes 20 state-of-the-art energy and resource efficient town homes that are also durable, sustainable and affordable.

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Mixed-Humid Climate: The Anderson/Sargent Dallas Show House

A presentation discussing the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Zero Energy Home in Dallas, Texas.

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Cold Climate: Cleveland Prototype Housing

The Cleveland Prototype Housing designs demonstrate sustainable building practices by integrating a number of strategies into one very sensible design solution.

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Hot-Dry Climate: Copper Moon

The case study also includes an energy analysis for more information about energy savings in this development.

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Mixed-Humid Climate: Fairburn

Fairburn is the first energy-efficient, healthy, affordable, community in metro Atlanta. An energy analysis is also included for more information about energy savings.

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Cold Climate: Prairie Crossing Community

Prairie Crossing became the first community-scale Building America project in the country in 1996. An energy analysis is included for information about energy savings.

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Cold Climate: Cleveland Infill Prototype House

The optimum approach for healthy, safe, comfortable, energy efficient homes is to construct a tight building envelope and provide mechanical ventilation.

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Hot-Humid Climate: Project Home Again Phase I

Project Home Again is a not-for-profit organization that is overseeing the construction of 20 affordable and energy efficient single family detached residences in Gentilly, New Orleans.

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Cold Climate: Concord Four Square Retrofit

Homes built prior to 1980 make up 80% of the housing stock in the United States, and are responsible for a majority of the residential energy use in the country. The objective of this project was to show that a 50% reduction in home energy use could be met today in existing housing.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—18th Century Cape Comprehensive Retrofit

In June of 2009, National Grid launched a pilot program intended to demonstrate Deep Energy Retrofits (DER) in existing Massachusetts homes. The pilot program provides financial incentives and technical support to projects that commit to achieving significant energy reduction and successfully complete a long application process.

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Cold Climate: Bedford Farmhouse High Performance Retrofit Prototype

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell (HfHGL) has again partnered with Building Science Corporation for the renovation of a mid-19th century farmhouse into affordable housing meeting Building America performance standards.

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Cold Climate: Habitat for Humanity High R-Value Prototype

The Westford Habitat for Humanity house serves as a prototype for high performance, high R-value homes in cold climates.

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Marine Climate: Lancaster Live/Work Townhome Prototype

ZETA Communities is a startup company that has recently completed their first prototype, the live-work townhome: an infill project located in a mixed industrial/artist/residential urban neighborhood, within walking distance of a mass transit station.

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Mixed-Humid Climate: GreenCraft Greenspoint House Prototype

This house demonstrates the energy efficiency and durability upgrades that GreenCraft has been promoting for years. Key upgrades included an unvented roof with low density spray foam insulation and supplemental dehumidification.

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Hot-Humid Climate: Green Dream II

The Green Dream 2 is a single-family home built on the site of a hurricane-damaged house that stood for three years before being demolished by the city of New Orleans.

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Mixed-Humid Climate: Colleyville Eco House Prototype

This house demonstrates the energy efficiency and durability upgrades that Greencraft currently promotes in all of their products.

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Hot-Humid Climate: Green Dream I

The “Crescent Green Dream 1” House is an example of best practice energy efficient and environmentally responsible homebuilding that is flood recoverable and affordable.

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Cold Climate: Concord Cape Prototype

The house is a Cape Cod style design with 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 2 stories plus a finishedbasement. It is built into an existing neighborhood close to public transportation, restaurants, shops and other community resources.

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Cold Climate: Greenbrier Prototype

The Greenbrier prototype is the model home for a 14 home subdivision in which the builder intends to demonstrate his concept of "attainable sustainable."

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Mixed-Humid Climate: Baxter Community—High Performance Green Building

David Weekley Homes is actively reducing the energy consumption of their homes through the implementation of their "Green Homes" program, which is intended to promote certain features designed to make homes more economically sustainable over the long term and reduce energy usage and the resulting environmental impact.

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Hot-Humid Climate: Project Home Again Phase II

Phase II is a continuation of a charitable residential community in New Orleans called Project Home Again. These single family detached homes demonstrate the energy efficiency and durability upgrades that BSC advocates.

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Very Cold Climate: Burlingame Ranch Phase I

In 2000, the Aspen Area Community Plan called for affordable housing projects based on the goal of housing at least 60% of the city employees within the city limits and the Burlingame Ranch project is one major step towards achieving this goal.

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Cold Climate: Hamilton Way Community Prototype

Hamilton Way is a ten-lot community designed and constructed to optimize design and increase efficiency through various strategies and weigh them against the energy consumption reduction, cost, and potential value in marketability.

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Hot-Humid Climate: Eaglesprings and Waterhaven Communities

David Weekley Homes have many developments in the Houston area, however the Eagle Springs and Waterhaven developments are intended to be a test of the technologies and construction techniques required for high performance houses.

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Hot-Humid Climate: Coastal Habitats

The real value lies in implementing building science principals within a systems engineering approach to high-performance housing.

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Hot-Humid Climate: ICI Showcase House Prototype

Building Science Corporation collaborated with ICI Homes in Daytona Beach, Florida on a prototype house that demonstrates the energy efficiency and durability upgrades that ICI promotes through its in-house efficiency program.

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Mixed-Humid Climate: GreenCraft Builders 2009 TimberCreek Net Zero Energy House Prototype

BSC collaborated with Greencraft Builders in Lewisville, TX on a 2009 prototype house called the TimberCreek Net Zero Energy House. This house demonstrates the energy efficiency and durability upgrades that Greencraft has been promoting for years.

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Mixed-Humid Climate: Sandstone 40% Prototype

Sandstone is a 49-home subdivision located in Ellendale, DE. The project is Colter Construction’s first entry into community-scale development.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Two-Family Belmont Residence

September 2010 saw the completion of the second project participating in National Grid’s Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) pilot program. This program provides financial incentives and technical support to residential retrofit projects that commit to achieving significant energy reduction.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Millbury Cape

This Cape Cod style house was built in 1953. While the owners had made interior improvements and necessary repairs in the 25 years since they purchased the house, they now wanted to do some exterior upgrades and at the same time tighten up the house in keeping with their long-standing goal of becoming energy efficient and reducing their impact on the environment.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Comprehensive Retrofit of 1859 Victorian

The owners of this circa 1800 Victorian have been postponing renovation and performance upgrade for years in anticipation of a major change in the household structure. With the likelihood of an aging parent’s arrival, they decided to rebuild a portion of the home and add new space to provide a ground floor bedroom with an unfinished office space above.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Second Floor Reframing Comprehensive Retrofit of 19th Century Small Colonial

Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts received this circa 1900 property as a donation from the Town of Lancaster and the project plan needed to be formed around donated materials and volunteer labor. The result is a project that serves as an impressive example of what is attainable under such circumstances.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Cape Basement Renovation Turned Comprehensive DER

This test home provides an example of a thoroughly comprehensive retrofit that did not involve major additions or changes to the building footprint but, nonetheless expanded living space by including the basement within the thermal enclosure.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Retrofit and Addition to 1905 Bungalow

When the owners of this bungalow-style home in Quincy, Massachusetts originally decided on a major expansion, significant energy improvements were not part of their plan.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Comprehensive DER of Three-Family Triple Decker

The retrofit project included new fiber cement siding installed over exterior insulation, new high performance windows, a conditioned basement, improved insulation at the attic and roof, and improved air tightness.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Three-Story Victorian Partial Retrofit

This home provides an example of a staged approach to a comprehensive retrofit. New retrofit measures are carefully thought out and integrated with the measures implemented previously. This staged approach may be a more realistically accessible path to broad adoption of DER.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Gloucester Coastal Cottage Retrofit

In 1920, when this house was built on the bank of a coastal cove, it served as a summer cottage complete with a boat dock. Over the years, the house has been remodeled, added to, and converted to a year-round residence. Now, as part of the latest renovation, it has undergone a deep energy retrofit.

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Cold Climate: National Grid Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program—Westford Modern Colonial Retrofit

There are many suburban neighborhoods built within the last 20 years that have similar houses. This project demonstrates the potential for significant energy savings for these newer homes.

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