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This library contains research reports produced by the Building America program and other building science resources used to support this Solution Center. The materials cover both new construction and existing homes. Use the search box and/or the filters to explore hundreds of residential building resources. Access to some references not produced by Building America may require purchase from the publisher. Documents are listed alphabetically. While we continually update our database, links may have changed since posting. Please contact our webmaster if you find broken links.

Author(s): California Energy Commission
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: April, 2001
Standard containing the 2001 administrative regulations relating to building energy efficiency that applies to all residential and nonresidential buildings in California.
Author(s): California Energy Commission
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: March, 2005

Document intended to help owners, designers, builders, inspectors, examiners, and energy consultants comply with and enforce California’s energy efficiency standards for low-rise residential buildings.

Author(s): ICC
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: June, 2009
Building code for the state of Florida.
Author(s): California Energy Commission
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: January, 2008

Document intended to help owners, designers, builders, inspectors, examiners, and energy consultants comply with and enforce California’s 2008 energy efficiency standards for low-rise residential buildings.

Author(s): ICC
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: January, 2009
Code establishing a baseline for energy efficiency by setting performance standards for the building envelope (defined as the boundary that separates heated/cooled air from unconditioned, outside air), mechanical systems, lighting systems and service water heating systems in homes and commercial businesses.
Author(s): Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s): Southface Energy Institute
Publication Date: January, 2009
Document intended to help graphically demonstrate the air leakage provisions of section 402.4 of the 2009 IECC.
Author(s): ICC
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: January, 2009
Code for residential buildings that creates minimum regulations for one- and two-family dwellings of three stories or less. It brings together all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy and electrical provisions for one- and two-family residences.
Author(s): Sagan, Bianco, Wood
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report assessing the energy performance of the 2011 EVHA winners and to align the EVHA program with the BA program.

Author(s): ICC
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: January, 2012
Code establishing a baseline for energy efficiency by setting performance standards for the building envelope (defined as the boundary that separates heated/cooled air from unconditioned, outside air), mechanical systems, lighting systems and service water heating systems in homes and commercial businesses.
Author(s): ICC
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: January, 2012
Code for residential buildings that creates minimum regulations for one- and two-family dwellings of three stories or less. It brings together all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy and electrical provisions for one- and two-family residences.
Author(s): ICC
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: January, 2015

Code establishing a baseline for energy efficiency by setting performance standards for the building envelope (defined as the boundary that separates heated/cooled air from unconditioned, outside air), mechanical systems, lighting systems and service water heating systems in homes and commercial businesses.

Author(s): ICC
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: January, 2015

Code establishing a baseline for energy efficiency by setting performance standards for the building envelope (defined as the boundary that separates heated/cooled air from unconditioned, outside air), mechanical systems, lighting systems and service water heating systems in homes and commercial businesses.

Author(s): ICC
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: May, 2014

Code for residential buildings that creates minimum regulations for one- and two-family dwellings of three stories or less. It brings together all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy and electrical provisions for one- and two-family residences.

Author(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
Organization(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
Publication Date: March, 2017

Publication with installation guidance for vinyl siding.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Adams, Noonan, Love
Organization(s): PNNL, ORNL
Publication Date: September, 2011
Report describing measures that builders in mixed-humid climates can use to build homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.
Author(s): Puttagunta, Faakye, Zoeller
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: July, 2013
Report researching cost- effective solution packages for significant energy efficiency and indoor air quality improvements masonry multifamily urban buildings.
Author(s): Baechler, Antonopoulos, Sevigny, Gilbride, Hefty
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: October, 2012
Report discussing opportunities and trends in the home performance industry, along with market drivers such as consumer demand; federal, state, and local programs; and utility and non-governmental programs.
Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): Steven Winter Associates
Publication Date: September, 2001
Document describing advancement in factory built housing innovations.
Author(s): Springer, Dakin, Backman
Organization(s): ARBI, NREL
Publication Date: July, 2012
Research study estimating potential energy savings relative to conventional ducted air distribution, and identifying equipment requirements, costs, and barriers.
Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Report on energy retrofits of existing single-family homes.
Author(s): Polly, Gestwick, Bianchi, Anderson, Horowitz, Christensen, Judkoff
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: April, 2011
Report describing an analysis method for determining optimal residential energy efficiency retrofit packages and applies the analysis method to a 1960s-era home in eight U.S. cities.
Author(s): Burch
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: June, 2012
Document outlining the current and the proposed draws and estimates typical ratings changes from draw specification changes for typical systems in four cities.
Author(s): Logue, Turner, Walker, Singer
Organization(s): LBNL
Changing the air exchange rate of a home (the sum of the infiltration and mechanical ventilation airflow rates) affects the annual thermal conditioning energy. Large-scale changes to air exchange rates of the housing stock can significantly alter the residential sectors energy consumption. However, the complexity of existing residential energy...
Author(s): Bailes
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2013
Information sheet about unvented fireplaces and combustion safety.
Author(s): Associated Air Barrier Council
Organization(s): Associated Air Barrier Council
Publication Date: January, 2002
Standards book discussing changes, additions and enhancements over the 5th edition of the AABC National Standards for Total System Balance.
Author(s): ABTCO Vinyl Siding
Organization(s): ABTCO Vinyl Siding
Publication Date: April, 2019

Vinyl siding estimating and installation guide for vinyl siding products.

Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: December, 2013
Standard outlining industry procedure for sizing residential duct systems.
Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: January, 2011

Standard covering equipment sizing loads for single-family-detached homes, small multi-unit structures, condo­miniums, town houses and manufactured homes.

Author(s): Rutkowski
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: December, 2015
The manual covers residential zoning issues - multiple, single-zone, and central multi-zone systems - and includes advice on working with homeowners to adapt the heating or cooling system design to meet modern home design features.
Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: April, 2013

Standard covering sizing strategies for all types of cooling and heating equipment, as well as how to use comprehensive manufacturer’s performance data on sensible, latent, or heating capacity for various operating conditions. 

Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: June, 2009
Standard providing guidance on how to select, size, and locate the supply air diffusers, grilles and registers, and the return grilles.
Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: January, 2013
Standard providing nationally recognized, manufacturer-endorsed set of inspection tasks for HVAC maintenance.
Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: January, 2015
Standard providing a universally accepted definition for quality installation for residential and commercial heating, ventilating, and air conditioning applications.
Publication Date: January, 2011

Document detailing the requirements, roles, and obligations for participants in an organized effort, ensuring that HVAC installations comply with the ANSI/ACCA 5 QI – 2010 (HVAC Quality Installation Specification) QI Standard.

Author(s): International Code Council
Organization(s): International Code Council
Publication Date: March, 2014
Standards criteria supporting ICC HVAC duct support standards.
Author(s): Parker, Sherwin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, NREL
Publication Date: October, 2012
Research study summarizing the first full year of detailed data collected about a single-family home that experienced a series of retrofits targeting reductions in energy use.
Author(s): National Air Duct Cleaners Association
Organization(s): National Air Duct Cleaners Association
Publication Date: January, 2013
Standard providing industry-backed information for assessing new and existing HVAC systems, evaluating and verifying the cleanliness of HVAC system components, preventing job related hazards and guiding the cleaning and restoration of HVAC systems to a specific level of cleanliness.
Author(s): Air Diffusion Council
Organization(s): Air Diffusion Council
Publication Date: January, 2013
Standard for use and reference by designers, architects, engineers, contractors, installers and users for evaluating, selecting, specifying and properly installing flexible duct in heating and air conditioning systems.
Author(s): Air Diffusion Council
Organization(s): Air Diffusion Council
Publication Date: January, 2013
Standard that sets forth the specific methods of testing flexible air ducts used for indoor comfort heating, ventilating and air conditioning applications.
Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI
Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.
Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI
Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.
Author(s): APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Organization(s): APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Publication Date: January, 2014
Detailed guide to advanced framing, a system of construction framing techniques designed to optimize material usage and increase energy efficiency.
Author(s): Baczek, Yost, Finegan
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: August, 2002
Report describing approaches to using less wood in home building that minimize waste.
Author(s): Koser, Uthe
Organization(s): NYSERDA
Publication Date: August, 2011
Report investigating implemention of advanced power strips for entertainment and home office electronics would reduce energy consumption across the residential market.
Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, NREL
Publication Date: December, 2011
Document providing guideance and considerations for duct design in an energy efficient house.
Author(s): NAHB, Southface Energy Institute, ORNL, NREL
Organization(s): NAHB, Southface Energy Institute, ORNL, NREL
Publication Date: January, 2002
Information sheet about advanced wall framing.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: May, 2009
Brochure about creating an air barrier by sealing drywall assemblies.
Author(s): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: May, 2009
Brochure about creating an air barrier at tub, shower and fireplace walls.
Author(s): Dentz, Conlin, Holloway, Podorson, Varshney
Organization(s): ARIES
Publication Date: March, 2014
In multifamily and attached buildings, traditional duct sealing methods are often impractical or costly and disruptive because of the difficulty in accessing leakage sites. In this project, two retrofit duct sealing techniques - manually-applied sealants and injecting a spray sealant, were implemented in several low-rise multi-unit buildings.
Author(s): Bailey
Organization(s): Bailey Engineering Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2014
Case study about high humidity, mold and condensation on surfaces in S. Florida, and how building characteristics cause and amplify these problems.

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