About Building America

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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America program is engineering the American home for energy performance, durability, quality, affordability, and comfort. 

Building America is an industry-driven, cost-shared research program working with national laboratories and building science research teams to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced building energy technologies and practices in new and existing homes. The program works closely with industry partners to develop innovative, real-world solutions that achieve significant energy and cost savings for homeowners and builders.

Building America acts as a national residential test bed where different building system options are evaluated, designed, built, retrofitted, and vetted to ensure that requirements for energy efficiency, quality, sustainability, risk mitigation, and comfort are met. Research is conducted on individual measures and systems, test houses, and community-scale housing in order to validate the reliability, cost-effectiveness, and marketability of technologies when integrated into existing and new homes.

Learn about near and long-term research goals, research teams, national laboratories, and access useful publications and analysis tools to improve energy performance of homes.

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Collaboration Efforts

Building America works closely with DOE's related residential building efficiency programs in order to maximize the potential for market transformation. Working together, we can expand the scope of our research, quickly deploy advanced building technologies, educate builders and homeowners, and reach our energy-saving goals. Please see these websites for more information: