Carbon Emissions in a Typical New Production Home: A Case Study

Ari Rapport, Conor Dennehy, Nick Cindrich, Conor Dennehy (NREL Technical Monitor), Nick Cindrich (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


This report is intended to serve as a foundational document for residential construction executives and leadership teams to understand how a typical home currently performs relative to building decarbonization goals set for 2030 and 2050. The intent is to help homebuilders benchmark their current performance and better understand the largest sources of carbon emissions in their homes. There is a need to understand and assess current performance against net zero carbon goals to define achievable paths forward. This case study highlights opportunities for innovation and carbon reduction through advanced technologies and material choices.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

Work performed by IBACOS, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-84227

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102023-5815


  • carbon emissions
  • embodied carbon
  • LCA
  • material carbon
  • new construction
  • operational carbon
  • production builder


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