Driving through Midland, Michigan, it’s impossible not to think there’s something quintessentially American about it. Verdant parks and sleepy cul-de-sacs meld into a singular notion of long-established values. However, on the north end of town sits a seemingly inconspicuous street where the homes are actively working to disrupt and alter the commonly held beliefs about the spaces in which we live. Indeed, hidden in the walls that quite literally hold up much of the neighborhood are hungry data-grabbers that are changing the way home performance research is conducted and redefining the best practices of building science.
Some might hear the term ‘home performance research’ and ask, what’s the fuss about?