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

Information sheet about insulation materials.

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

Information sheet about proper ventilation and air sealing.

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

Information sheet about air sealing.

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): 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): Straube, Smegal, Smith
Organization(s): University of Waterloo, Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2010

Document describing a hygrothermal modeling study, including all of the US climate zones, a range of interior humidity levels and numerous arrangements and types of insulation.

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): Carmody, Haglund
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: November, 2012

Document to help builders, homeowners, and designers select energy-efficient windows in new and existing residential construction in all U.S. climate zones.

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

Document providing an understanding of the importance of the different types of multifamily building attics and their unique challenges, and outlines strategies and materials used in air sealing them.

Author(s): Cummings, Withers, Martin, Moyer
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report focusing on managing the driving forces that move air and water vapor across the building envelope.

Author(s): Harrington, Modera
Organization(s): Western Cooling Efficiency Center - UC Davis, BIRA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2012

Research study to help development of an application protocol for aerosol sealing of building shells that will eventually be demonstrated on buildings in retrofit and new construction.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2005

Report with guidance for installing windows with foam sheathing on wood-frame walls.

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

Brochure with information on installing cavity insulation.

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

Brochure with details on insulation and air sealing.

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

 Information sheet about air barriers.

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

Guide provides information about enhanced thermal enclosures and performance.

Author(s): Dickson
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Document designed to explain the issues and concerns with conventional ventilated crawlspaces and to outline prescriptive measures for improvements that will create healthier and more durable spaces.

Author(s): Dickson
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report discussing principles and approaches to closing and conditioning ventilated crawlspaces in existing homes. 

Author(s): Parker, Kono, Vieira, Fairey, Sherwin, Withers, Hoak, Beal
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: June, 2014

Research report assessing the moisture and cooling load impacts of airtightness and mechanical ventilation in homes in hot-humid climates.

Author(s): Harrington, Springer
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group

Report presenting the results from several demonstrations of a new method for sealing building envelop air leaks.

Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Research study developing baseline engineering analysis to support the installation of thick layers of exterior insulation (2 in. to 8 in.) on existing masonry walls and wood framed walls.

Author(s): Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI, Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: August, 2015

Report on high-R wall design called extended plate and beam that uses foam sheathing insulation with wall framing.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Carmody, Haglund
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: May, 2013

Expert meeting report aimed at a greater understanding of the windows research that Building America partners and national laboratories are engaged in to help professionals and consumers choose best practice strategies.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Huelman, Carmody
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: May, 2013

Expert meeting report describing the need for greater understanding of foundation systems including moisture and insulation issues.

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

Information sheet about crawlspace insulation, including installation details.

Author(s): Ojczyk
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: November, 2014

Report exploring alternative methods to find long-term solutions to energy loss in 1 ½-story homes to save energy, improve comfort, prevent frost buildup on the underside of the roof deck, and reduce the risk of ice dam formation/reformation.

Author(s): Kochkin, Wiehagen
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: January, 2016

Part I of the Guide addresses walls constructed with 2x6 wood frame studs, wood structural panel (WSP) sheathing as exterior sheathing, gypsum board as interior sheathing, and a cladding system installed over WSP sheathing in low-rise residential buildings up to three stories in height. Walls with exterior board insulation are addressed in...

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): Mallay
Organization(s): HIRL
Report on heating and cooling air-distribution ducts that are insulated, installed close to the ceiling in a vented attic and covered with attic insulation to minimize energy loss.
Author(s): Mallay
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs

Report on heating and cooling air-distribution ducts that are insulated, installed close to the ceiling in a vented attic and covered with attic insulation to minimize energy loss.

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): Baechler, Adams, Hefty, Gilbride, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2012

Guide to help contractors and homeowners identify ways to make homes more comfortable, more energy efficient, and healthier to live in.

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): Ojczyk, Murry, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2014

Research report describing study of interior and exterior air sealing techniques to stop ice dams in five 1.5-story retrofit homes conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI
Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.
Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI, Home Innovation Research Labs

Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.