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Whole-Building Design Strategies


Solution Center Guides


Information guide providing background information about air flow in residential buildings.

Guide describing Indoor airPLUS construction specifications for carpets.

Guide describing Indoor airPLUS construction specifications for low-VOC pressed wood materials.

Guide describing Indoor airPLUS construction specifications for low/no VOC paints and finishes.

Guide describing how to choose and install a carbon monoxide alarm.

Thrive Home Builders built this 2,780-ft2 townhome in Lone Tree, Colorado, to the high-performance requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program. 

Thrive Home Builders built this 4,119-ft2 home at the Lowry development in Denver, Colorado, to the high-performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program.

This guide describes the uses, selection process, and specification of high-MERV filters.

Guide describing how to conduct a home performance assessment before beginning retrofit projects in existing homes.

Guide with information about how to upgrade a garage ceiling when a portion of the interior of the house is located directly above the attached garage by adding insulation and air sealing.

Information guide describing how to assess attics, ceilings and roofs before proceeding with upgrades in existing homes.

Retrofit guide describing how to assess harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and soot from existing combustion appliances.

Information guide describing how to assess crawlspaces and basements before proceeding with upgrades in existing homes.


Information guide describing pre-retrofit actions to take to assess for asbestos, volatile organic comounds (VOCs) soil gasses including radon and lead.

Guide describing how to install a radon mitigation fan with various types of house foundations.

Guide describing ways to reduce access to bugs, rodents and other pests through openings in a home.

Guide describing removal of construction debris from flex ducts and protection of ducts and HVAC equipment during construction to keep them free of dust and debris.

Guide describing how to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in multi-family buildings.

This information guide describes the need for ventilating a home before occupancy to reduce the concentration of VOC emissions in the home.

Guide describing how to install a radon-mitigating vertical ventilation pipe in existing homes with various types of house foundations.