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

Guide providing information about controlling rainwater through use of drainage planes.

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

Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.

Author(s): Composite Panel Association
Organization(s): Composite Panel Association
Publication Date: January, 2001
Document addressing multiple surfacing options for composite wood panels with regards to their abilities to act as emission barriers.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: September, 2012

Presentation, and online course, that provides an introduction to mold and mold remediation for environmental and public health professionals.

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, 2011
Test method designed to measure the air permeance of flexible sheet or rigid panel-type materials.
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): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: September, 2008
Standard providing guidance on how to best design buildings with adequate moisture control features.
Author(s): Fowler, Stanley, Coats
Organization(s): Technical Services Information Bureau
Publication Date: October, 2014

Manual covering design, detailing, material selection and troubleshooting for plaster, IEFs, and drywall, with info on continuous insulation, air barriers, rain screens, fire and sound ratings, etc.

Author(s): Robbins, Morrell
Organization(s): Western Wood Products Association
Publication Date: January, 2006
Document addressing common questions about moisture, mold and wood.
Author(s): Karagiozis
Organization(s): ORNL, Advanced Energy
Publication Date: June, 2005
Report outlining results from a 2005 hygrothermal pilot study in the South.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Companion document to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications, providing guidance on identifying compliant products, including industry databases and examples of product labeling.

Publication Date: January, 2009
Standard describing GREENGUARD Emission Criteria for use with GREENGUARD Certification Program for Low Emitting Products.
Author(s): Green Seal
Organization(s): Green Seal
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standards for paints and coatings.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2014

Detailed information about Formaldehyde including health effects and strategies to reduce exposure.

Author(s): APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Organization(s): APA - The Engineered Wood Association

Resource library with information on engineered wood products.

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

Report on problems and solutions with EIFS stucco wall cladding systems.

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

Information about dense pack, cellulose insulation.

Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): National Research Council Canada
Publication Date: March, 1969
Article discussing the causes of wood decay and moisture issues.
Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: July, 2011
Downloadable fact sheet covering carpet-related topics including Indoor Air Quality, Asthma and Allergy, Cleaning Products, and Environmental Sustainability.
Author(s): Kochkin, Wiehagen
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: January, 2016

The Guide addresses walls constructed with 2x4 wood frame studs, wood structural panel sheathing (WSP) as wall bracing and added backing for foam sheathing, a layer of rigid foam sheathing insulation up to 1.5 inches thick over the WSP, and a cladding system installed over the foam sheathing in low-rise residential buildings up to three...

Author(s): Portland Cement Association
Organization(s): Portland Cement Association
Publication Date: January, 2012
Information sheet discussing the properties and benefits of insulating concrete forms.
Author(s): Baker, Lepage
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2014

Report on the stability of furring strips as a means for cladding attachment over walls with thick exterior rigid insulation.

Author(s): Jackson
Organization(s): Journal of Light Construction
Publication Date: October, 1997
Document providing guidance about choosing the correct caulk for a project.
Author(s): Koel
Organization(s): American Technical Publishers
Website with instructructional material for career and technical education.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2010

Document presenting some of the key technical properties of many of the most common building materials.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation

The Builder's Guide provides the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems in hot-humid climate regions.

Author(s): Hammer & Hand
Organization(s): Hammer & Hand
Publication Date: February, 2018

This Best Practices Manual is the product of Hammer & Hand’s ongoing work to document and internally codify our standard operating procedures for construction practice.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2018

Specification covering the standard requirements for application of full thickness Portland cement-based plaster for exterior (stucco) and interior work.

Author(s): Grin, Smegal, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2013

Report covering moisture and leakage issues associated with spray foam insulation application to the underside of roof sheathing.

Author(s): American National Standards Institute, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
Organization(s): American National Standards Institute, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
Publication Date: January, 2009
Standard detailing the specific requirements for all face, back, and inner ply grades as well as formaldehyde emissions, moisture content, tolerances, sanding, and grade marking.
Author(s): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Organization(s): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Publication Date: January, 2013
Updated detailed information about Formaldehyde.
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.
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): ABTCO Vinyl Siding
Organization(s): ABTCO Vinyl Siding
Publication Date: April, 2016

Vinyl siding estimating and installation guide for vinyl siding products.