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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America Program hosts open meetings and webinars for industry partners and stakeholders that provide a forum to exchange information about various aspects of residential building research.

Current Webinars

The Building America Program continues its webinar series into 2018! Each free webinar will offer information about the latest advances in residential building technologies and practices, presented by Building America research team and national laboratory experts.

Technical Resources at Your Fingertips: DOE's Building America Solution Center and Standard Work Specifications Guidance for Existing Homes

Time: June 26, 2018, at 3-4:30 p.m. ET

The Building America Solution Center (BASC) is your best friend if you have anything to do with high-performance homes. It provides extensive, up-to-date content needed to integrate building science best practices in specifications, field applications, education, and code official meetings. This session will present the new Existing Homes Tool, which provides installation guidance for making existing homes more energy efficient, comfortable, and less expensive to operate. The tool is designed around common upgrades, and is organized by steps, which are numbered to indicate priorities from a health and safety standpoint.

The BASC Existing Homes tool links directly to the DOE Standard Work Specifications which define the minimum requirements to ensure that the work performed during home energy upgrades is effective, durable, and safe. Both tools can assist all existing homes stakeholders with finding best practices in existing homes. Join us for an in-depth tour of both tools and learn how they link to each other.

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Building America: Field Studies of Indoor Air Quality in New U.S. Homes

Time: July 11, 2018, at 3-4:30 p.m. ET

Since 2008, California has required whole dwelling mechanical ventilation compliant with ASHRAE Standard 62.2. A field study was undertaken to measure ventilation system airflows, air pollutant concentrations, and exhaust fan use in these homes to determine if the ventilation systems are providing acceptable indoor air quality, as intended. Concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), NO2, NOX, and formaldehyde were measured inside and outside of 70 homes over one-week periods. The homes were characterized for air leakage and the air flows of all ventilation systems were measured and monitored during the study. The results show, when operating, the installed ventilation systems provided adequate flow to meet the standard and that pollutant levels were below acceptable limits, except for formaldehyde, which exceeded California's very stringent reference exposure level, but was well below the WHO standard. Significantly, most of the systems were not operating when researchers arrived at the study homes. This raises serious issues regarding operational requirements and configuring and labeling of ventilation system controls.

Building America is supporting a similar, but greatly expanded, field study to collect data on indoor air quality (IAQ), ventilation and IAQ controls in new homes in four U.S. climate zones. Field teams are measuring ventilation equipment airflows and installing sensors to monitor exhaust fan use and indoor air quality parameters over a week-long period. Roughly half of the study homes will have ventilation systems intended to comply with ASHRAE Standard 62.2. We will present a detailed list of air pollutant and other data collection targets for this study. The data from these studies will inform builders and manufacturers, as well as industry ventilation standards and code provisions, to better protect indoor air quality and health as building infiltration is reduced to save energy.

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Past Webinars

Date Title
2/13/18 Building America Quarterly Team Project Update - February 
2/7/18 Building Science Advisor — A Web-Based Design Tool to Manage Moisture Risk in Walls 
12/6/17 Effect of Occupant Behavior and Air Conditioner Controls on Humidity in Typical and Low-Load Homes 
10/3/17 Variable Capacity Comfort Systems and Smart Ventilation Systems in High-Performance Homes 
8/8/17 Building America Quarterly Team Project Update - August 8 
7/27/17 Stump the Building Science Chump—Codes Panel
5/30/17 Building Science is Critical to Whether Buildings Work or Fail—Educating Workforce Professionals for Success
5/18/17 New Code Options for Insulating, Sealing, and Controlling Moisture in Unvented Attics in Residential Buildings
5/9/17 Building America Team Quarterly Update - May 2017
4/5/17 Stump the Building Science Chump - Builder Panel
3/29/17 ResStock – Evaluating Home Performance Upgrades Across the U.S. Residential Building Stock
3/23/17 High Performance HVAC: Low-load and Plug-n-Play HVAC Systems
3/14/17 Building America Team Project Update/Peer Review
12/15/16 Air Sealing Best Practices and Code Compliance for Multi-Family Area Separation Walls
11/29/16 Stump the Building Science Chump: Joe Lstiburek
11/16/16 Advanced Technical Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes: Renewable Integration
11/15/16 Building America Quarterly Team Project Update
9/28/16 Score with Indoor Air Quality
8/30/16 Building America Quarterly Team Project Update
8/24/16 Partnering for Improved Building Science
8/17/16 Building America Research: Part 2 - What Makes a Successful Project?
8/10/16 Building America Research: Part 1 - Update and Outlook
6/28/16 Are the Walls Closing In?
4/27/16 Advances in Manufactured Home Energy Efficient Design
2/24/16 New Code Compliance Briefs Assist in Resolving Codes and Standards Concerns in Energy Innovations
12/16/15 Combustion Safety in Existing Homes
11/18/15 High Performance HVAC Systems, Part II: Low-Load HVAC Systems for Single and Multifamily Applications
10/28/15 High Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part II: Low-E Storm Windows and Window Attachments
9/24/15 Building America Solution Center Overview
8/26/15 Ventilation Strategies for High Performance Homes, Part I:  Application-specific Ventilation Guidance
7/22/15 Put New Tools and Content on the Building America Solution Center to Work for You!
6/24/15 New Construction Hybrid-Ductless Heat Pumps Study: Resistance is Futile
5/20/15 Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy Innovations
4/7/15 Building America Technology-to-Market Roadmaps
3/18/15 Building America Research Tools
2/12/15 High-Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part 1: Unvented Roof Systems and Innovative Advanced Framing Strategies
1/21/15 Central Multifamily Water Heating Systems
12/17/14 Building America: Research for Real-World Results
11/18/14 High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Part II
10/23/14 High Performance Space Conditioning Systems, Part I
9/24/14 Multifamily Ventilation Strategies and Compartmentalization Requirements
9/9/14 Low-E Storms: The Next Big Thing in Window Retrofits
8/13/14 High Performance Enclosure Strategies: Part II, New Construction
7/16/14 Retrofitting Central Space Conditioning Strategies for Multifamily Buildings
6/25/14 Who's Successfully Doing Deep Energy Retrofits?
5/21/14 High Performance Building Enclosures: Part I, Existing Homes
5/15/14 Building Energy Optimization Tool (BEopt) Training
4/16/14 Opportunities in Large Data Collection and Analysis
3/19/14 Standardized Retrofit Packages — What Works to Meet Consistent Levels of Performance?

View other past webinars focused on residential energy efficiency on the webinar archives page.

Upcoming Meetings

There are no Building America meetings scheduled at this time. Please subscribe to Building America news and updates to receive notification of future meetings.

Expert Meetings

Building America hosts several expert meetings each year on a variety of building energy efficiency topics, which are presented by research team members. This page provides links to past expert meetings proceedings, including presentations and related documents.

Date Team Expert Meeting
9/29/14 IBACOS Code Challenges with Multi-Family Area Separation Walls
10/12/12 BSC Recommended Approaches to Humidity Control in High Performance Homes
9/28/12 ARBI Exploring the Disconnect Between Rated and Field Performance of Water Heating Systems
7/28/12 BSC Cladding Attachment over Exterior Insulation
6/28/12 PARR Combustion Safety
2/8/12 NAHB Research Center Key Innovations for Adding Energy Efficiency to Maintenance Projects
11/15/11 NorthernSTAR Foundation Research Results
11/14/11 NorthernSTAR Window Options for New and Existing Homes
10/31/11 ARBI Energy Savings You Can Bank On
10/25/11 CARB Retrofit Implementation: A Neighborhood at a Time
10/13/11 ARIES Advanced Envelope Research Update
9/13/11 BARA Transforming Existing Buildings Through New Media: An Idea Exchange
7/31/11 BSC Recommendations for Applying Water Heaters in Combination Space and Domestic Water Heating Systems
7/30/11 BSC Interior Insulation of Masonry Structures
7/28/11 PARR Achieving the Best Installed Performance from High-Efficiency Residential Gas Furnaces
7/13/11 ARIES Hydronic Heating in Multifamily Buildings
3/29/11 IBACOS Transitioning Traditional HVAC Contractors to Whole House Performance
3/11/11 IBACOS Simplified Space Conditioning Systems for Energy Efficient Houses
11/16/10 BA-PIRC Delivering Better, Cheaper, and Faster Retrofits through Stakeholder-Focused Research
10/1-2/10 NREL Advanced Home Energy Management
4/26/10 BSC Diagnostic Measurement and Performance Feedback for Residential Space Conditioning System Equipment

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