The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America Program has been a source of innovations in residential building energy performance, durability, quality, affordability, and comfort for more than 20 years. This world-class research program partners with industry to bring cutting-edge innovations and resources to market, generating numerous innovative and impactful successes.
Building America successes align with and support every aspect of the home building industry. Laboratory and field projects by research team experts prove advanced technologies and practices in building envelope, HVAC components, ventilation, and health and safety. Building America field projects with production builders validate the whole-house business case that high-performance homes offer exceptional performance with minimal or no increased cost to the builder. In turn, this encourages partner involvement with market–based programs such as ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
Technical guidance and energy analysis tools that have significantly improved design or construction practices are helping builders up their game to meet new challenges. Finally, these successes help to shift the building industry infrastructure by influencing codes and standards, expanding building science education, and informing the transaction process.
Read Building America successes from 1995 to present.