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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): Lutron
Organization(s): Lutron
Publication Date: October, 2014
Website discusses differences between CFL and LED bulbs.
Author(s): Washington State Department of Ecology
Organization(s): Washington State Department of Ecology
Publication Date: August, 2015
This web site has information about burn bans, which wood burning devices are legal in Washington, why wood smoke is harmful to health, and how to reduce the smoke from your wood burning device.
Author(s): Forest Products Laboratory
Organization(s): USDA
Publication Date: January, 2010
Report summarizing information on wood as an engineering material, and presents properties of wood and wood-based products of particular concern to the architect and engineer.
Author(s): University of Minnesota
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: January, 1998
Information sheet about the moisture properties of wood.
Author(s): Curkeet
Organization(s): Intertek
Publication Date: March, 2011
Presentation about the combustion properties of wood.
Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: September, 2009

Document about proper HVAC system sizing.

Author(s): Chandler
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding
Publication Date: January, 2008

Article about one way to deal with the cold-water surprise effect of tankless water heaters.

Author(s): Southface Energy Institute, ORNL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 1999
Brochure about how to install and use a whole-house fan.
Author(s): City of Davis California
Organization(s): City of Davis California
A report describing proper retrofit techniques regarding air sealing and ventilation.
Author(s): Zoeller
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: April, 2009

Information sheet about insulation materials.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2011

This article addresses the issue of undercutting bedroom doors to provide return airflow from bedrooms resulting in risks such as insufficient airflow, pressure imbalance, energy-inefficient loss of conditioned air, condensation within the wall, and moisture durability issues.

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

Information sheet discussing the differences between homeowner energy consumption trends in highly efficient homes.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2010

Factsheet describing the importance of system charging, superheat and subcooling.

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.

Publication Date: May, 2012
Manual showing how to properly use grass swales to manage excess water runoff.
Author(s): German, Bell, Dakin, Hoeschele
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report assessing the performance and cost-effectiveness of a zero net energy community project in Davis, CA.

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): East Bay Municipal Utility District
Organization(s): Alliance for Water Efficiency
Publication Date: January, 2008

Report describing practices and considerationsfor more efficient water use in pools, spas, and fountains.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2017

Resource that provides guidance when choosing products that meet WaterSense program requirements. 

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2014

Guide designed to help builders better understand and meet the hot water delivery system criteria as specified in EPA's WaterSense New Home Specification.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2014

Resource that establishes the criteria for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2014

Resource that provides a checklist of program criteria for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.

Author(s): World Health Organization
Organization(s): World Health Organization
Publication Date: March, 2011
This text is one of series of supporting documents that provide guidance on implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality. It is intended to support improvement of water safety within buildings.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: February, 2011

Guide describing details that serve as a visual reference for each of the line items in the Water Management System Builder Checklist.

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

Report summarizing current research, summarizes issues that have been experienced with current best practices, and recommends ways in which the best practices can be improved for water managing sheathings.

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

Document providing guidance on water management concepts and applications.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2003

Document outlining a well-detailed drainage plane and flashings.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: March, 2016

Information sheet with the Waste Reduction Model (WARM), designed to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from several different waste management practices.

Author(s): American Plywood Association
Organization(s): American Plywood Association
Publication Date: May, 2010
Standard that provides expanded and updated requirements for producing, marketing, and specifying plywood for construction and industrial uses.
Author(s): National Institute of Standards and Technology
Organization(s): National Institute of Standards and Technology
Publication Date: December, 2004

Standards for requirements, performance, construction, workmanship and others for structural-use panels.

Author(s): Composite Panel Association
Organization(s): Composite Panel Association
Publication Date: January, 2003
Technical bulletin addressing surfacing options in regards to composite wood panels and their emission barrier capabilities.
Author(s): Parker
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2008
Document describing the measured annual performance data from 12 recent-vintage very low energy homes in the US.
Author(s): Herderson, Dentz, Doty
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: July, 2013

Research study developed and verified a fuel oil flow field measurement protocol that is cost effective and can be performed with little training for use by the BB program as well as other weatherization programs and building science researchers.

Author(s): Tabares-Velasco, Christensen, Bianchi, Booten
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: July, 2012
Report summarizing NRELs efforts to develop diagnostic test cases to conduct accurate energy simulations when phase change materials (PCMs) are modeled in residential buildings.
Author(s): Gromicko
Organization(s): International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Publication Date: January, 2013
Document outlining important safety considerations of ventless fireplaces.
Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2009

Information sheet about proper ventilation and air sealing.

Author(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2019
Author(s): Roberts, Lay
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, EnerNOC
Publication Date: March, 2013

Report discussing the measured variability in indoor space temperatures in a set of 60 homes located in Florida, New York, Oregon, and Washington.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2010

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

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

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

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

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

Author(s): Backman, Hoeschele
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: July, 2013

Research study comparing TRNSYS Type 604 pipe model against laboratory pipe heat loss test data and detailed field monitoring data.

Author(s): Springer, Seitzler, Backman, Weitzel
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group

Report on energy use for domestic water heating in multifamily buildings.

Author(s): Thomas-Rees, Chasar, Beal, Chandra
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: October, 2008

Document providing a case study of commissioned performance measures that justify costs for these demonstration and "live" show homes.

Author(s): Turner, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This study uses a computer simulation approach to examine the energy and indoor air quality implications of passive and hybrid ventilation systems.

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

Information sheet describing the function of a vapor barrier, and methods to retard the migration of water vapor.

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