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Our Goals

The Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR) was expressly created to make residential energy efficiencey (EE) retrofits more cost-effective and to demonstrate concepts that enable market transformation on a mass scale. PARR proposes to increase the quality and uptake of residential retrofits in cold climates while providing Building America with systems, whole home, and community level solutions for the U.S.

  • Conduct research, field evaluations and monitoring to achieve cost-effective volume retrofits through thermal envelope and energy systems improvements to verifiably provide 30% whole house energy savings by 2014, and 50% savings by 2017.
  • Research emerging retrofit delivery models that are cost-effective, straighforward, compelling, and enable retrofits at a fundamentally different scale than previously possible.
  • Significantly increase the number of retrofits in the U.S. across diverse housing types and income levels.
  • Provide the U.S. Department of Energy Building America Program with key research results and system-based strategies to deploy retrofits in cold climates.
  • Support DOE Challenge Home Program and the Building America Solution Center.
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    Building America Reports:
  • Quantifying the Financial Benefits of Multifamily Retrofits - Case Study
  • Combustion Safety Simplified Test Protocol - Case Study
  • Quantifying the Financial Benefits of Multifamily Retrofits
  • Combustion Safety Simplified Test Protocol Field Study
  • Low-Cost Radon Reduction Pilot Study
  • Evaluation of Residential Integrated Space/Water Heat Systems - Case Study
  • Improving Gas Furnace Performance: A Field and Laboratory Study at End of Life
  • Advanced Boiler Load Monitoring Controllers
  • Balancing Hydronic Systems in Multifamily Buildings
  • Balancing Hydronic Systems in Multifamily Buildings - Case Study
  • Field Test of Boiler Primary Loop Temperature Controller
  • Combustion Safety for Appliances Using Indoor Air
  • Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity Based on Illinois Home Performance Program Field Data: Homeowner Selected Upgrades Versus Cost-Optimized Solutions
  • Evaluation of Missed Energy Saving Opportunity - Case Study
  • Improving the Field Performance of Natural Gas Furnaces
  • Measure Guideline: Combustion Safety for Natural Draft Appliances Using Indoor Air
  • Analysis of Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Measure Packages
  • Building America Expert Meeting: Combustion Safety
  • Chicagoland Single-family Housing Characterization
  • Energy Savings From System Efficiency Improvements in Iowa's HVAC SAVE Program
  • Evaluation of CNT Energy Savers Retrofit Packages Implemented in Multi-family Buildings
  • Evaluation of Northern Illinois Residential Retrofit Delivery Practices
  • Expert Meeting Report: Achieving the Best Installed Performance from High-Efficiency Residential Gas Furnace
  • Measure Guideline: High-Efficiency Natural Gas Furnaces
  • Case Study: Steam System Balancing and Tuning for Multi-family Residential Buildings
  • Measure Guideline: Steam System Balancing and Tuning for Multi-family Residential Buildings
  • Steam System Balancing and Tuning for Multi-family Residential Buildings in Chicagoland
  • Steam System Balancing and Tuning for Multi-family Residential Buildings in Chicagoland (Second Year Data Collection)
  • Survey of Whole House Programs in Midwestern Climates