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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): Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s): Southface Energy Institute
Publication Date: January, 2009
Document intended to help graphically demonstrate the air leakage provisions of section 402.4 of the 2009 IECC.
Author(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
Organization(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
Publication Date: March, 2017

Publication with installation guidance for vinyl siding.

Author(s): Logue, Turner, Walker, Singer
Organization(s): LBNL
Changing the air exchange rate of a home (the sum of the infiltration and mechanical ventilation airflow rates) affects the annual thermal conditioning energy. Large-scale changes to air exchange rates of the housing stock can significantly alter the residential sectors energy consumption. However, the complexity of existing residential energy...
Author(s): ABTCO Vinyl Siding
Organization(s): ABTCO Vinyl Siding
Publication Date: April, 2016

Vinyl siding estimating and installation guide for vinyl siding products.

Author(s): Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s): Health Canada
Publication Date: June, 2001

Document reporting results from a study done to evaluate effects of automotive emissions from attached garages on the indoor environment.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: July, 2011

Website article interviewing the inventor of the Larsen truss, a history of its use, and a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: September, 2013

Article about different types of weather resistant barrier.

Author(s): American Society for Testing and Materials
Organization(s): American Society for Testing and Materials
Publication Date: January, 2011
Standard covering the minimum performance and acceptance criteria for an air barrier material or system for framed walls of low-rise buildings with the service life of the building wall in mind.
Author(s): Seifert
Organization(s): University of Alaska
Publication Date: January, 2003
Document describing approaches to energy efficiency and moisture considerations for roofs in northern climates.
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): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2015

Strategies to control ice dams from forming on residential buildings during winter.

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): Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Publication Date: January, 2014
Standard providing master specifications for air barrier assemblies that will provide guidance to the design professional in the development of the final project specifications.
Author(s): Advanced Energy
Organization(s): Advanced Energy
Publication Date: July, 2005

This guide is an introduction to the design components, field implementation, code requirements, and measured performance of crawl space construction in central and eastern North Carolina.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2004

Report outlining how conditioned crawlspaces perform better than vented crawlspaces in terms of safety, health, comfort, durability and energy consumption.

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

This digest provides the background for designers to select the insulation levels need to reach specific levels of condensation control.

Author(s): Straube
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: October, 2011

This digest provides the background for designers to select the insulation levels need to reach specific levels of condensation control.

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

Information about dense pack, cellulose insulation.

Author(s): Drumheller, Carll
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: April, 2010

The objective of this research was to quantify the field performance of wood-frame walls clad with a variety of common claddings in a mixed-humid climate.

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

Information sheet with details on building high R-value wall assemblies in new homes.

Author(s): Parker
Organization(s): FESC
Publication Date: March, 1998

Report comparing a high-performance house with a code-built control home.

Author(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Publication Date: August, 2011
Standard specifying a water-resistant fluid-applied air and vapor barrier in exterior wall assemblies.
Author(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Publication Date: July, 2010
Standard outlining materials and installation methods for a liquid-applied vapor permeable air barrier system located in the non-accessible part of the wall.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2012

Journal article describing lessons learned from updating a 16-year-old deep-energy retrofit.

Author(s): Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s): Health Canada
Publication Date: June, 2004

Results from a research program testing airtightness, implications of air leakage and contaminant reduction over the garage-to-house interface.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2014

Information sheet briefly summarizing double stud wall construction including the advantages and disadvantages of this construction strategy.

Author(s): Straube, Grin
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2009

Report that considers a number of promising wall systems that can meet the requirement for better thermal control.

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

Report discussing how to create livable space in the attic that meets IRC code requirements by either creating a ventilated roof assembly, or and unvented attic assembly.

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.

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

Building science insight into crawlspaces.

Author(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Organization(s): ORNL
Publication Date: January, 2011

Website providing an online calculator for determining energy and cost savings from installing radiant barriers in attics.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2015

Department of Energy's website describing radiant barriers in homes.

Author(s): Melody, Fairey, Beal
Organization(s): Florida Solar Energy Center
Publication Date: June, 2005
Website with answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about attic radiant barriers.
Author(s): Parker
Organization(s): Florida Solar Energy Center
Publication Date: June, 2015
The FPC Monitoring project has evaluated radiant barrier systems (RBS) as a new potential DSM program.
Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: January, 2006
Document presenting step-by-step process for installing rigid insulating sheathing over wood studs or house wrap.
Author(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Publication Date: August, 2013
Standard providing information about self-adhered sheet air barrier located in the non-accessible part of the wall, and materials to bridge and seal air leakage pathways and gaps.
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): 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): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: September, 2015

This TechNote provides an overview of building code requirements and best practices for flashing at window and door frames.

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

Information sheet providing definitions, applications, and techniques for applying air barriers.

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

Information sheet with methods for constructing or retrofitting basements to reduce moisture issues.