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Top Innovations 2012

On this page, you will find Building America's Top Innovations from 1995 through 2012, with links to a profile describing each innovation. Note that some categories may not have a top innovation each year.

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1. Advanced Technologies and Practices

Top Innovations in this category cover research in thermal enclosure improvements, HVAC components, ventilation and other health and safety issues.

1.1 Building Science Solutions
Thermal Enclosure:
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning:
1.2 Energy-Efficient Components
1.3 Assured Health, Safety, & Durability

2. House-as-a-System Business Case

Top Innovations in this category include profiles of Building America field research projects with production builders who have used a whole-house approach to achieve exceptional overall performance.

2.1 New Homes with Whole-House Packages
2.2 Existing Homes with Whole-House Packages

Projects are underway in this category. Check back for profiles to be posted soon.

2.3 Whole-House Program Support

3. Effective Guidance and Tools

Top Innovations in this category include influential tools, software, and guides that have significantly guided or changed design or construction practice

3.1 High-Performance Home Solutions
3.2 High-Performance Home Metrics
3.3 Research Tools

You may access additional tools on the Building America Research Tools webpage.

4. Infrastructure Development

Top Innovations in this category include research results that have influenced codes and standards and improvements in education and the transaction process.

4.1 Educating Professionals

Projects are underway in this category. Check back for profiles to be posted soon.

4.2 Recognize Value in the Transaction Process

Projects are underway in this category. Check back for profiles to be posted soon.

4.3 Informing the Codes and Standards Process