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Building America Climate-Specific Guidance

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Click on the map to access case studies in specific climate regions or visit the All Climates page to see technology-specific case studies applicable to all climate zones.

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See the 2014 Housing Innovation Award winners—28 industry leaders who represent the very best in innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes.Image of the front of a house.

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.

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 Zero Energy Ready Home requirements, see the Building America Solution Center.