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Solution Center Guides


This guide describes IECC 2009 and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes insulation requirements.

Guide describing how to frame and insulate corners to reduce the heat loss and gain though structural framing.

Guide describing how to insulate headers over doors and windows to reduce heat loss and heat gain through solid wood framing.

Guide describing how to frame and insulate exterior-to-interior wall intersections to reduce the heat loss and gain though structural framing.

Guide describing how to minimize framing around doors and windows to reduce heat loss.

Guide describing how to correctly air seal a wall with missing top plates or open wall cavities. 

Guide describing ways to air seal an attached garage in new and existing homes.

Guide describing how to air seal doors that are next to unconditioned spaces.

Guide describing ways to seal drywall to the top plate of an exterior wall to air seal the wall cavity.

Guide describing how to air seal electrical wiring throughout a home.

Guide describing how to air seal around light tubes.

Guide describing how to air seal modular home marriage joints.

Guide describing how to air seal the gap between the drywall shaft wall (i.e., common wall) and the structural framing between units in multifamily housing.

Guide describing how to air seal around plumbing and other piping.

Guide describing how to air seal sill plates in new and existing homes.

Guide describing how to air seal the rough openings around doors and windows.

This guides describes how to insulate and air seal attic knee walls and floor joist cavities under knee walls.

Guide describing how to achieve RESNET Grade 1 installation standards, and meet/exceed code using batt insulation in existing walls. 

Guide describing blown insulation into exterior wall cavities of existing homes with minimal disruption to occupants.

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

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

Guide describing how to air seal and insulate a cantilevered floor.

Guide describing a complete window replacement in existing homes.

Guide describing options for designing/locating the thermal boundary in new and existing homes.

Guide describing how to install continuous air barriers in exterior walls.

This guide describes installation procedures for continuous rigid insulation to help provide thermal protection, reduce thermal bridging and provide a moisture barrier. 

This guide describes air barrier and insulation installation, along with air sealing for double walls - half or full walls included in a home design as an architectural feature that provides a more dimensional appearance.

Guide describing construction and insulation techniques for double wall framing.

Guide describing how to use a blower door test to determine building envelope air leakage.

This guide provides criteria and installation guidance for ENERGY STAR windows.

Guide describing the air sealing of rim joists on walls connecting homes and attached garages.

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

Guide describing how to insert a replacement window in an existing home.

Guide describing how to install insulated concrete forms to block excessive heat loss and gain though structural framing.

Guide describing how to upgrade a wall with a floor overhang (or cantilever) on an existing home by adding rigid insulating sheating and or closed-cell spray foam insulation and air sealing.

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.

This guide describes RESNET Grade 1 level installation of insulation in walls, attics, and floors.

Guide describing how to install low-e exterior storm windows.

Guide describing how to install low-e permanent interior storm windows.

Guide describing how to install removable interior storm windows in existing homes.

Guide describing how to apply an air control layer directly over existing wall sheathing, and cover by two layers of insulating sheathing held in place by vertical furring strips.

Guide describing insulation techniques for skylight shaft walls.

Guide describing how to install spray foam on the exterior of the existing home after framing over the existing siding.

Guide describing how to insulate the walls of an existing home with spray foam insulation.

Guide describing how to create a fully aligned air barrier behind a staircase.

This measure guides describes how to install structural insulated panels to block excessive heat loss and gain though structural framing. 

Guide describing how to install stucco over rigid foam insulaiton in new and existing homes.

Guide describing the design and installation considerations for recladding of above grade walls using insulated vinyl siding.

This guide describes how to install a rigid air barrier to walls behind fireplaces.

This guide describes how to install a rigid air barrier to walls behind showers and tubs.

Guide describing how to rehab a window in an existing home.

Guide describing how to replace a window sash in an existing home.

Guide describing how to modify an existing window sash for high-efficient windows.