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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): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Report describing the equipment selection of a split system air conditioner and furnace for an example house in Chicago, Illinois, as well as a heat pump system for an example house in Orlando, Florida.

Author(s): Holton
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Document offering methods to greatly reduce lighting energy use through the application of high quality fluorescent and light emitting diode (LED) technologies.

Author(s): Brozyna, Badger
Organization(s): IBACOS, VEIC
Publication Date: April, 2013
Document explaining the benefits of evaluating and identifying energy efficiency retrofit measures that could be made during renovation and maintenance of multifamily buildings.
Author(s): Savage, Hunt
Organization(s): BARA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Media
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report intending to provide useful information as the DOE/BA develops and implements comprehensive communications and outreach strategies for demonstration homes.

Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: June, 2013
Document covering the pros and cons of compact air distribution systems and the decision criteria that must be considered early in the whole-house design process.
Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: June, 2013

This Strategy Guideline covers the pros and cons of compact air distribution systems and the decision criteria that must be considered early in the whole-house design process. 

Author(s): Mallay, Del Bianco
Organization(s): PHI, Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: August, 2013

Report following the evolution of the construction quality process from its development for new homes to its application construction of a HPH with enhanced specifications, and its application in a crawlspace renovation.

Author(s): Lukachko, Gates, Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2011

Document identifying differences between the requirements for construction documents for high performance housing and the documents that are typically produced for conventional housing.

Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2011

Report about the impact on the loads when common safety factors are applied to the load calculation process using two houses that meet the 2009 IECC prescriptive path modeled as the accurate baseline.

Author(s): Drumheller, Wiehagen
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2004

Report providing information based on research and case studies, to remodelers and consumers about opportunities to increase home energy performance.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: September, 1999

Document describing correct construction of swales, designed to trap particulate pollutants (suspended solids and trace metals), promote infiltration, and reduce the flow velocity of storm water runoff.

Author(s): Rietz
Organization(s): USDA
Publication Date: September, 1978
Document providing information on correct storage techniques for lumber to manage moisture.
Author(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Organization(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Publication Date: January, 2018

Website providing information on all types of pest management for multi-family housing.

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

Information sheet about buried ducts.

Author(s): Choi, Ludwig, Brand
Organization(s): PARR
Publication Date: August, 2013
Report about results of 10 test buildings in Chicago, studied to identify best practices for methodology, typical costs, and energy savings associated with steam system balancing.
Author(s): Choi, Ludwig, Brand
Organization(s): PARR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Gas Technology Institute, CNT Energy
Publication Date: August, 2012

Report addressing barriers to information, contractor resources and cost savings associated with steam balancing multifamily buildings.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: June, 2017

Standard Work Specifications (SWS) are a major component of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project and define the minimum requirements to ensure that the work performed during home energy upgrades is effective, durable, and safe.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: March, 2017

Standard Work Specification for dense packing blown insulation in existing homes.

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): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2010
Test method providing a rapid means of determining the steady-state thermal transmission properties of thermal insulations and other materials with a high level of accuracy when the apparatus has been calibrated appropriately.
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): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Standard specification covering elastomeric cellular preformed gasket and sealing materials.
Author(s): Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control
Organization(s): California Department of Public Health (CDHP)
Publication Date: February, 2010
Detailed requirements for testing, exposure modeling, and allowable limits for modeled indoor air concentrations.
Author(s): Canadian Standards Association (CSA) International
Organization(s): CSA International
Publication Date: March, 2001

Document addressing multiple surfacing options for composite wood panels with regards to their abilities to act as emission barriers.

Author(s): Singh, Rider, Ngo, Butzbaugh, Driskell, Babula
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: April, 2014

Proposed HVAC filter labeling standard and underlying analysis by the California Energy Commission.

Author(s): German, Weitzel, Backman, Hoeschele, Dakin
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study presenting a unique opportunity to both identify and evaluate deep retrofit measures that are practical and potentially cost effective for the retrofit market, as well as review the cost effectiveness of the Passive House design approach for achieving energy savings in deep retrofits.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: May, 2011

Specifications to assist builders in designing and constructing homes equipped with a set of features that make the installation of solar energy systems after the completion of the home’s construction easier and less expensive.

Author(s): Energy Trust of Oregon
Organization(s): Energy Trust of Oregon
Publication Date: August, 2013

Outlines the minimum criteria for a solar water heating system installed by a Solar Water Heating Program trade ally under Energy Trust of Oregon’s Solar Water Heating Program.

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

Website describing how solar water heaters -- also called solar domestic hot water systems -- can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home.

Author(s): Sanchez
Organization(s): Home Power
Publication Date: January, 2012
Web article about solar site assessment.
Author(s): Lisell, Tetreault, Watson
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2009

Report identifying the important aspects of building design and construction to enable installation of solar photovoltaic and heating systems at some time after the building is constructed.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: May, 2011

Guidelines to assist builders in designing and constructing homes equipped with a set of features that make the installation of solar energy systems after the completion of the home’s construction easier and less expensive.

Author(s): Sughrue
Organization(s): Home Power
Publication Date: September, 2013
A structural insulated panel (SIP) roof has no embedded lumber in the structure, and therefore nothing substantial for attaching PV array and solar hot water mounts. Single or double lumber splines could be put into the panels, or I-joists at 4-foot intervals could be added.
Author(s): FSEC
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: July, 2014
Website with information for consumers about solar thermal systems for homes.
Author(s): Aldrich
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: September, 2009

Report providing a synopsis of a project to evaluate the performance of a roof-integrated solar water heating system.

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

Information sheet about soil gas control strategies for foundations.

Author(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date: August, 2015
Toolkits for residents and owner/managers who live and work in federally assisted housing.
Author(s): NEEA
Organization(s): NEEA
Publication Date: May, 2014
Website providing consumers with resources to find, select and install heat pump water heaters.
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): Christian
Organization(s): ASHRAE

Case study about affordable net zero energy housing.

Author(s): City of Philadelphia
Organization(s): City of Philadelphia
Publication Date: May, 2011

Code for construction and rehabilitation of single-family houses and small multi-family properties in the City of Philadelphia.

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): Poerschke, Stecher
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: June, 2014

Study conducted to help determine cost-effective solutions for heating and cooling houses that are designed to be energy efficient. 

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