Webinar 1: LBNL Monitored Results of 10 California Case Studies


Ten homes in California embarking on deep energy reductions have been extensively documented and monitored for energy usage and performance by the Residential Building Systems group at LBNL. The individual projects will be briefly described and their energy performance will be presented in detail. Their energy use will be compared with each project's Thousand Home Challenge threshold. Comparisons will be made between projects. We will examine and explore recommendations and lessons learned that are vital for understanding what drives success in achieving deep reductions in energy use.

By participating in this webinar, attendees will

  1. Learn how a variety of approaches can be used to achieve deep energy reductions in homes
  2. Understand which elements of the projects were successful, and which ones may have been detrimental to success
  3. Grasp how to define success in a deep reduction project and discover what drives it


Jeremy Fisher, Presenter

Jeremy Fisher is a Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with the Residential Building Systems Group. He has 16 years of experience in the construction industry, is a LEED AP and a certified green builder. Jeremy's research is focused on residential deep energy retrofits, energy monitoring, and the effects of construction quality on energy performance.

Brennan Less, Presenter

Brennan Less, a researcher in the Residential Building Systems Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focuses on deep energy retrofits and indoor air quality in high performance homes. He co-manages a Department of Energy (DOE) research project monitoring the energy performance of ten California deep retrofits. Brennan also currently co-manages a study of indoor air pollutants in high-performance California homes.

Don Fugler, Respondent

Don Fugler was trained as a mechanical engineer and spent 25 years doing housing research for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). He managed research projects on topics such as combustion spillage, home energy use, wet basements, ventilation, indoor air quality, contaminated lands, and straw bale housing. One of his last projects was the performance monitoring of the CMHC EQuilibrium homes, houses designed to be net zero and healthy. He retired from CMHC in 2011, and currently undertakes contract research into ventilation, IAQ, energy retrofitting, and other issues.