Building America Climate-Specific Guidance

The Map of the United States shows climate zones in different colors. The Marine zone contains the Pacific coast from the Canadian border to mid-California. The Hot-dry/Mixed-Dry zone contains the rest of California and follows the US border to mid-Texas. The Hot-Humid zone covers eastern Texas through Florida and includes Puerto Rico and Hawaii. The Mixed-Humid zone covers the mid-central to mid-eastern regions of the country. The Cold/Very Cold zone contains all of the Northern United States. Hot-Dry - Mixed-Dry Marine Hot-Humid Mixed-Humid Cold - Very Cold

Select a climate zone from the map above, and view a listing of climate regions by county in the Guide to Determining Climate Regions: Volume 7.1 to view climates by county.

Building America's Best Practices guides and case studies demonstrate real world solutions for improving the energy performance and quality of new and existing homes in five major climate regions. Find examples of proven high-performance home building and remodeling in your area by selecting a climate zone below. In addition, you may view technology-specific building solutions that work across all climates.

You can also use the map to access the Best Practices Series handbooks and case studies by climate zone.

For additional, updated information on hundreds of building science topics that can help you build or retrofit to the most recent high-performance construction criteria, including the latest version of ENERGY STAR and the DOE Challenge Home requirements, see the Building America Solution Center.