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Title: Technology Solutions Case Study: Cold Climate Foundation Wall Hygrothermal Research Facility, Cloquet, Minnesota

Abstract

This case study describes the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Residential Research Facility (CRRF) in northern Minnesota, which features more than 2,500 ft2 of below-grade space for building systems foundation hygrothermal research. Here, the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team researches ways to improve the energy efficiency of the building envelope, including wall assemblies, basements, roofs, insulation, and air leakage.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
NorthernSTAR
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B) (Building America)
OSTI Identifier:
1220301
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO-102014-4441
6890
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
residential; Residential Buildings; NorthernSTAR; Building America; basement foundation insulation; WSP; building foundations; hygrothermal; thermal

Citation Formats

None. Technology Solutions Case Study: Cold Climate Foundation Wall Hygrothermal Research Facility, Cloquet, Minnesota. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
None. Technology Solutions Case Study: Cold Climate Foundation Wall Hygrothermal Research Facility, Cloquet, Minnesota. United States.
None. Mon . "Technology Solutions Case Study: Cold Climate Foundation Wall Hygrothermal Research Facility, Cloquet, Minnesota". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1220301.
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