Publications

Tennessee Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-31125 | Document Type: Field Study, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the state of Tennessee identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code.  The study was initiated in September 2017 and continued through July 2018.  Analysis of the data has led to a better understanding of the energy features present in homes and indicates over $2.5 million in potential annual savings to Tennessee homeowners that could result from increased code compliance.

Oregon Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-30006 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the state of Oregon identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in November 2019; data collection began in November 2019 and continued through February 2020. Analysis of the data has led to a better understanding of the energy features present in homes and identified over $600,000 in potential annual savings to Oregon homeowners that could result from increased compliance with the 2017 Oregon Residential Specialty Code (2017 ORSC).

Virginia Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-29036 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the Commonwealth of Virginia identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in August 2017 and continued through May 2018. During this period, research teams visited 138 homes during various stages of construction, resulting in a substantial data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Additional States Field Study Public Data
Document Type: Field Study | Publication Date:

This is the data collected for states using DOE's Residential Field Study Methodology, but not part of DOE's Residential Field Study.  Data is currently available for ID, IL, MO, MT, NE, VA, and WV but additional data will be added as other states use the methodology.  

Residential Energy Code Field Study Data Collection Instrument - 2018 IECC
Document Type: Field Study | Publication Date:

2018 IECC Residential Compliance Evaluation Forms

Residential Energy Code Field Study Data Collection Instrument - 2015 IECC
Document Type: Field Study | Publication Date:

2015 IECC Residential Compliance Evaluation Forms

Residential Energy Code Field Study Data Collection Instrument - 2012 IECC
Document Type: Field Study | Publication Date:

2012 IECC Residential Compliance Evaluation Forms

Residential Energy Code Field Study Data Collection Instrument - 2009 IECC
Document Type: Field Study | Publication Date:

2009 IECC Residential Compliance Evaluation Forms

Phase I Field Study Data
Document Type: Field Study | Publication Date:

The data (in this file or on this page) represents the data collected as DOE’s Residential Field Study[1] as of June 2016.  Data is provided Microsoft Excel for 8 states – AL, KY, MD, NC, PA, TX, AR and GA.  Additional states using DOE’s field study methodology, may be added in the future as data collection and analysis is completed.  

This data file was reformatted and revised May 28, 2019, and again July 17, 2019.

Residential Energy Code Field Study Contact List
Document Type: Field Study | Publication Date:

Residential Energy Code Field Study Contact List; 011516.

Field Study Stakeholder Meeting Presentation
Document Number: PNNL-SA-106471 | Document Type: Field Study, Presentation Slides | Publication Date:

Presentation slides prepared for Residential Field Study stakeholder participants.  

Field Study Factsheet
Document Type: Field Study, Fact Sheets | Publication Date:

The U.S. Department of Energy has provided funding for states to conduct residential field studies, with the purpose of identifying opportunities for energy code training & education in new construction. The participation of builders and local building departments is crucial in supporting this important activity.  This Fact Sheet summarizes this field study.

Baseline Field Study Results Presentation
Document Type: Field Study, Presentation Slides, Reports and Studies | Publication Date:

Presentation slides from a 12/7/15 webinar that provided an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy Building Energy Codes residential field study, including methodology, sampling and current status. Data gathered across 10 states were reviewed, followed by a summary of initial findings that can inform future education & training activities. The potential savings associated with these activities were also be presented, which are of interest to government agencies, utilities and other entities.

Texas Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-26219 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the state of Texas identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in October 2014; data collection began in March 2015, and continued through October 2015. During this period, research teams visited 133 homes in 30 counties in and around Houston during various stages of construction, resulting in a substantial data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Pennsylvania Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-26450 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in October 2014 and continued through July 2015. During this period, research teams visited 171 homes during various stages of construction, resulting in a substantial data set based on observations made directly in the field.

North Carolina Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-26752 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the State of North Carolina identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in January 2015 and continued through September 2015. During this period, research teams visited 249 homes during various stages of construction, resulting in a substantial data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Residential Compliance Evaluation Results for the State of Nebraska
Document Number: PNNL-SA-141366 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

In early 2017, the Nebraska Energy Office expressed interest in evaluating the construction of new single-family homes in Nebraska using the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) low-rise residential evaluation methodology.1 As part of that methodology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) was directed by DOE to analyze the data collected in Nebraska. This memorandum provides and discusses the results of PNNL’s analysis.

Montana Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-28472 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the state of Montana identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in May 2018; data collection began in June 2018 and continued through September 2018. During this period, the project team visited 125 homes at various stages of construction, resulting in a data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Maryland Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-25970 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the state of Maryland investigated energy code-related aspects of residential single-family new construction. The study was initiated in January 2015 and continued through July 2015. During this period, research teams visited 207 homes during various stages of construction, resulting in a substantial data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Kentucky Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-26727 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the Commonwealth of Kentucky identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in April 2015 and continued through August 2015. During this period, research teams visited 140 homes during various stages of construction, resulting in a substantial data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Idaho Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-28380 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the state of Idaho identified opportunities to reduce homeowner energy costs in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the current state energy code. The study was initiated in January 2018; data collection began in March 2018 and continued through June 2018. During this period, research teams visited 127 homes during various stages of construction, resulting in a collection of data based on observations made directly in the field.

Georgia Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-26590 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the State of Georgia investigated the energy code-related aspects of unoccupied, newly constructed, single family homes across the state. The study followed a DOE-prescribed methodology, which allowed the project team to build an empirical data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Arkansas Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-26546 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the State of Arkansas investigated the energy code-related aspects of unoccupied, newly constructed, single family homes across the state. The study followed a DOE-prescribed methodology, which allowed the project team to build an empirical data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Alabama Residential Energy Code Field Study
Document Number: PNNL-26168 | Document Type: Field Study, Reports and Studies, State-specific | Publication Date:

A research project in the state of Alabama identified opportunities to reduce homeowner utility bills in residential single-family new construction by increasing compliance with the state energy code. The study was initiated in March 2014, and continued through May 2014. During this period, research teams visited 134 homes during various stages of construction, resulting in a substantial data set based on observations made directly in the field.

Impacts of Model Building Energy Codes
Document Number: PNNL-25611 | Document Type: Analysis | Publication Date:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), funded by DOE, conducted an assessment of the prospective impacts of national model building energy codes from 2010 through 2040. A previous PNNL study evaluated the impact of the Building Energy Codes Program; this study looked more broadly at overall code impacts. This report describes the methodology used for the assessment and presents the impacts in terms of energy savings, consumer cost savings, and reduced CO2 emissions at the state level and at aggregated levels.