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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Field Test Best Practices website is a centralized resource for building field test best practices from start to finish. Developed by the NREL residential buildings research team with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program, this site is a collaborative effort to improve the quality of research methods that aim to improve energy efficiency of homes.

On this website, you will find detailed guidance on:

  • Planning for your field test
  • Conducting a field test
  • Choosing, testing, and installing components
  • Selecting equipment and knowing when and how to use it.

Drawing from Building America research in the field, the resources on this website are continuously updated and professionally vetted to ensure quality protocols for field testing, execution, monitoring, and reporting. Building America acts as a national residential test bed where different building system options are evaluated, designed, built, retrofitted, and vetted to ensure energy efficiency, quality, sustainability, risk mitigation, and comfort requirements are met.

Get started by browsing Field Test Start to Finish, Building Components and Systems, or Measurement and Instrumentation.

If you are interested in adding some new pages to the Field Test Best Practices website or would like to edit some existing pages, take a look at the help guide below for detailed instructions on the different features.

Field Test Best Practices Site User Guide

If you have further questions, email BuildingsFieldTest@nrel.gov.