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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): Brown
Organization(s): National Research Council Canada
Publication Date: January, 1997

Research study dcribing an evaluation of selected windows undertaken by IRC researchers at Ottawa’s Laurier House (now being used as a museum) to determine their effectiveness in controlling condensation.

Author(s): Zoeller
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: April, 2009

Information sheet about insulation materials.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2013

Information sheet outlining the criteria for ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2012

Information sheet explaining how weatherstripping can be an easy and cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts.

Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2009

Information sheet about proper ventilation and air sealing.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota

Presentation for residential energy efficiency stakeholder meeting.

Author(s): Rudd, Lstiburek, Ueno
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: August, 2000

Report focusing on the performance and durability of unvented-cathedralized attics in hot-humid climates with both tile and asphalt shingle roofing.

Author(s): Kohta
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2003

Document summarizing the various papers on unvented conditioned cathedralized attics found on BSC's website.

Author(s): Schumacher
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2007

Report reviewing unvented roof assemblies, such as conditioned attics and unvented cathedral ceilings that are becoming common in North American construction.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2006

Report providing guidance about whether to construct a vented or unvented attic based on hygro-thermal zone.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2006

Information sheet providing definitions, applications, and techniques for applying air barriers.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2012

Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.

Author(s): Ridouane, Bianchi
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2011

Research study describing a detailed 3D computational fluid dynamics model that evaluates the thermal performance of uninsulated wall assemblies.

Author(s): Pierce
Organization(s): IAEI
Publication Date: July, 2001

Article on thermal protectors in recessed light fixtures.

Author(s): Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2011

Research study investigating the thermal efficiency of fasteners, namely drywall screws and siding nails, in high-performance wood-framed walls.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2008

Document providing an overview of the Thermal Bypass Checklist for the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes program.

Author(s): Hales
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: January, 2011

Article describing the risks associated with vented and unvented crawlspaces in different climate zones. 

Author(s): Aldrich, Zuluaga
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: January, 2006

Research study exploring how effective interior insulation systems are at keeping basements dry and warm.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: September, 2015

This TechNote provides an overview of building code requirements and best practices for flashing at window and door frames.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: March, 2016

Case study about a structural sheathing product composed of enhanced EPS rigid foam with OSB adhered on one side.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: November, 2014
This case study describes the External Thermal and Moisture Management System developed by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership for retrofitting roofs with rigid foam over the roof deck, especially on one and a half-story homes.
Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: December, 2014

This case study describes costs associated with the External Thermal and Moisture Management System developed by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership for retrofitting roofs with rigid foam over the roof deck, especially on one and a half-story homes.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2000

Brochure with information about how to select and install house wrap and other weather-resistive barriers.

Author(s): Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2000
Brochure describing insulation approaches for homes with slab-on-grade floors.
Author(s): Southface Energy Institute, ORNL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: November, 1999
Brochure with information for homeowners about the benefits of air sealing.
Author(s): Foam Sheathing Coalition
Organization(s): Foam Sheathing Coalition
Publication Date: December, 2011
Document that gives a step-by-step approach for designing attachments for cladding materials through foam sheathing.
Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: April, 2017

Standard Work Specification for non-insulation contact recessed lights in existing homes.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: November, 2017

These test methods describe two techniques for measuring air leakage rates through a building envelope in buildings that may be configured to a single zone.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Test method designed to obtain reliable values for the WVTR of plastic film and sheeting.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): https://www.astm.org/Standards/E779.htm
Publication Date: February, 2010

This test method measures air-leakage rates through a building envelope under controlled pressurization and de-pressurization.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Test method designed to measure the air permeance of flexible sheet or rigid panel-type materials.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2013
This specification covers the classification, composition, physical properties, and dimensions of mineral fiber (rock, slag, or glass) blanket intended for use as thermal insulation on surfaces at various temperature ranges.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Specification covering the properties of a cured single- or multicomponent cold-applied elastomeric joint sealant for sealing, caulking, or glazing operations on buildings, plazas, and decks for vehicular or pedestrian use, and types of construction other than highway and airfield pavements and bridges.
Author(s): Zhong
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: September, 2009

Report describing a comparison of hydrothermal performances of DryRightTM fiberglass batts and kraft-faced fiberglass batts in a south facing wall assembly with a moisture storage cladding material.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

How hard can it be to insulate a flat sheet of concrete? I mean you only have three choices – on the top, on the bottom, or on the edge. OK, you might have some combination of the three as well.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Information sheet about insulating slabs.

Author(s): Insulspan
Organization(s): Insulspan
Website providing information about INSULSPAN structurally insulated panels.
Author(s): Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Organization(s): Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Publication Date: March, 2003

High-density sidewall cavity insulation can be a major comfort and savings boost. It saves energy by slowing both conductive and convective losses, but only if the right things are done and done right. This always requires site-specific thinking.

Author(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Publication Date: August, 2013
Standard providing information about self-adhered sheet air barrier located in the non-accessible part of the wall, and materials to bridge and seal air leakage pathways and gaps.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Information sheet about air sealing.

Author(s): Coble
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: January, 2010

Article describing how insulating and air sealing unfinished attic spaces can lead to reduced energy bills in some homes.

Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: January, 2006
Document presenting step-by-step process for installing rigid insulating sheathing over wood studs or house wrap.
Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2010

Information sheet about window retrofit strategies for hot-dry climates.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: February, 2010

Information about a roof retrofit using a metal, cool roof system.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: January, 2010

Information sheet about exterior insulation in the hot-dry climate zones.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: January, 2010

Information sheet about insulation retrofits for the hot-dry climate zones.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Cole, Williamson, Love, Hefty
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2010

Report identifying steps to seal unwanted air leaks while ensuring healthy levels of ventilation and avoiding sources of indoor air pollution.

Author(s): Lubliner, Ueno, Burkett
Organization(s): Washington State University Extension Energy Program, DOE
Publication Date: July, 2019

Report describing the costs, benefits, and challenges of attic insulation retrofits in HUD-code manufactured homes. 

Author(s): Cottrell
Organization(s): RESNET, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
Publication Date: October, 2012
Presentation describing RESNET grading criteria for insulation installation.
Author(s): Parker
Organization(s): Florida Solar Energy Center
Publication Date: June, 2015
The FPC Monitoring project has evaluated radiant barrier systems (RBS) as a new potential DSM program.

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