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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): Lukachko, Grin, Bergey
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2013

Report detailing retrofit of two existing houses in the Wyandotte Neighborhood program.

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

Presentation for residential energy efficiency stakeholder meeting.

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

Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.

Author(s): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, NREL
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2004

Report developed for Habitat for Humanity about lessons learned from demonstration retrofit projects undertaken by Habitat for Humanity affiliates in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; with building systems consulting and technical assistance provided by Steven Winter Associates.

Author(s): McIlvaine, Saunders, Bordelon, Baden, Elam, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC, TexEnergy Solutions, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
Publication Date: July, 2013

Report providing a SWOT analysis inherent to different models as a way of thinking about the transition from traditional business models into a viable model for delivering deep energy retrofits

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): 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): McGeough, Baker, Peters, Beitel
Organization(s): PARR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2012

Research study making several recommendations to whole-home program designers and implementers for improving the cost effectiveness and reach of whole-home programs.

Author(s): German, Siddiqi, Dakin
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: November, 2014

Research project evaluating the pre-and post-retrofit energy consumption of a marine climate retrofit, compare actual energy use to original predictions, and identify opportunities for cost savings in other similar retrofits in this climate.

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): 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): 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): 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): Sutherland, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: February, 2013

Report evaluating the renovation of a 5,800-ft2, multiuse facility located in St. Petersburg, on the west coast of central Florida, in the hot-humid climate.

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): Zoeller, Shapiro, Vijayakumar, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: February, 2013

Report about a deep energy retrofit Cool Energy House.

Author(s): Brozyna
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2012

Report describing modification of model specifications to include guidance on energy efficiency measures is one approach that developers such as Mercy Housing of Denver, Colorado, are using to support their project teams.

Author(s): Liaukus
Organization(s): BARA
Publication Date: December, 2014

Research project aimed to verify whether homes in the New Jersey HPwES program achieved 30% source energy savings, and if so, what measures were implemented to achieve them.

Author(s): Gates, Osser
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Research study about two test homes that are examined with the goal of providing case studies that could be applied to other similar New England homes.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: September, 2011

Information sheet with the definition and uses for a raised truss.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2006

Information sheet about how to reduce thermal bridging in walls.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2015

This page provides important information on how to protect yourself and your family if you suspect that you might have vermiculite insulation from Libby, Montana.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Mosiman, Huelman, Schirber, Yost, Murry
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: April, 2013

Report identifying an exterior approach for ice dam mitigation on the roof portion of 1_-story homes with the potential to provide cost-effective, long-term, scalable solutions.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Mosiman, Huelman, Schirber, Yost, Murry
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: April, 2013

Research report describing study of exterior retrofit approach for air sealing, insulating, and water management conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Faakye, Arena, Griffiths
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2013

Research study exploring a test method measuring air leakage between units through common surfaces and air infiltration across exterior, noncommon surfaces of the enclosure.

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

Report providing information about improving the energy efficiency and long-term durability of the buildings that are being reconstructed post Katrina in New Orleans.

Author(s): Withers, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2010
Research study finding significant wind washing potential in 40% of homes in the study area.
Author(s): Withers, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2010
Report about evaluation methods used for analyzing wind washing and results of upgrades made to homes to increase energy efficiency.
Author(s): Moore
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Newport Partners
Publication Date: August, 2013

Report studying the specification, implementation, and energy savings from an EER in a group home, with an energy savings goal of 30%.

Author(s): Gordon, Howard, Kunkle, Lubliner, Auer, Clegg
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report demonstrating cost-effective energy savings targets as well as improved comfort and indoor environmental quality associated with deep energy retrofits by a large public housing authority as part of a larger rehabilitation effort.

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

Building science insight into crawlspaces.

Author(s): Lepage, Schumacher, Lukachko
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2013

Report explaining moisture-related concerns for high R-value wall assemblies and discusses past Building America research work that informs this study.

Author(s): Lepage, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: September, 2013

Report about exterior sheathing insulation and inward driven moisture issues.

Author(s): NMIC
Organization(s): NMIC
Publication Date: April, 2012
Web resource that lays out the pre-work considerations, methods and finishes for installing mechanical insulation.
Author(s): Roberts, Stephenson
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Document providing renovators and retrofit contractors an overview of considerations when including wall air sealing and insulation in an energy retrofit project.

Author(s): Straube, Ueno, Schumacher
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2012

Report summarizing the importance of properly insulating and air sealing masonry walls, providing step by step instructions and approaches.

Author(s): Natarajan, Klocke, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: June, 2012

Information sheet providing information on installing Rigid XPS foam board insulation to existing brick masonry walls.

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

Document providing information on basement insulation, air sealing and water management retrofits.

Author(s): Loomis, Pettit
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation

Report on two approaches to retrofitting existing double-stud walls.

Author(s): Loomis, Pettit
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2015

This Measure Guideline provides design and construction information for a deep energy enclosure retrofit solution of a flat roof assembly.

Author(s): Shapiro, Zoeller, Mantha
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2013

Document covering the technical aspects of buried and insulated ducts (BEDs), as well as the advantages, disadvantages, and risks of BEDs compared to alternative strategies.

Author(s): Aldrich, Mantha, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: October, 2012

Document describing good practices for insulating basements in new and existing homes.

Author(s): Ply Gem Siding Group
Organization(s): Ply Gem Siding Group
Publication Date: April, 2015

Siding installation guide for Ply Gem Siding Group products.

Author(s): Pettit, Neuhauser, Gates
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2013

Guidebook providing useful examples of high performance retrofit techniques for the building enclosure of wood frame residential construction in a cold and somewhat wet climate.

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