Steel vs. Wood Long-Term Thermal Performance Comparison: Valparaiso Demonstration Home
The scope of this report is limited to long-term (May 2000-April 2001) energy use in two nearly identical side-by-side homes in Valparaiso, Indiana. This site has a house framed with conventional dimensional lumber and a second house framed with cold-formed steel. Blower door and Duct Blaster tests were conducted for both houses to determine the levels of air infiltration for each house. Similarly, co-heat tests were performed to compare short-term thermal performance between the two houses.