case study

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case study

the study of a single instance of a phenomenon either for its own sake (e.g. a particular person or a strike), or as an exemplar or PARADIGM case of a general phenomenon, perhaps as a test of a general proposition (e.g. de TOCQUEVILLE's study of America, 1835-40).
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While the case-studies in Intelligent Buildings are interesting of their type, none goes as far as to assess proven energy performance, with the effect that the innovations demonstrated in the book have to be taken on trust.
While this volume eschews a systemic approach in favor of the case-study method, there is little attempt at comparative analysis which can give case-studies a richer tone.