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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): Lubliner, Fuess, Gordon, Kingrey
Organization(s): BAIHP
Publication Date: February, 2009

Report about a building project in the marine climate.

Author(s): Lutron
Organization(s): Lutron
Publication Date: October, 2014
Website discusses differences between CFL and LED bulbs.
Author(s): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2005

Report and case study describing a retrofit project in the cold climate.

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): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2010

Research study describing demonstration homes that provided a wealth of information for the building community in terms of the science, effort, and cost of increasing the energy efficiency of our nations housing stock.

Author(s): Ott, Morgan, Antes
Organization(s): ORNL
Publication Date: September, 2019

Report describing results of a workshop describing assessing current and future strategies for research into disaster resilience and energy efficiency in buildings.

Author(s): Washington State Department of Ecology
Organization(s): Washington State Department of Ecology
Publication Date: August, 2015
This web site has information about burn bans, which wood burning devices are legal in Washington, why wood smoke is harmful to health, and how to reduce the smoke from your wood burning device.
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): Florida Division of Emergency Management
Organization(s): Florida Division of Emergency Management
Publication Date: January, 2010

A hurricane retrofit guide describing techniques for strengthening roof-to-wall connections for family homes.  

Author(s): American Wood Council
Organization(s): AWC
Publication Date: November, 2014

Manual providing engineered and prescriptive design requirements for wood frame construction used in one and two-family dwellings.

Author(s): University of Minnesota
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: January, 1998
Information sheet about the moisture properties of wood.
Author(s): Simpson Strong Tie
Organization(s): Simpson Strong Tie
Publication Date: November, 2018

Guide detailing the metal connector products manufactured by Simpson Strong-Tie and their applications and strengths.

Author(s): Curkeet
Organization(s): Intertek
Publication Date: March, 2011
Presentation about the combustion properties of wood.
Author(s): Aldrich
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2012

Report describing the design and construction of a highly energy efficient community of ten duplexes in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Author(s): Aldrich
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: March, 2009
Paper describing sustainable community development.
Author(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization(s): CDC
Publication Date: February, 2019

Website provides information to prepare for winter storms, prevent cold temperature-related health problems, and protect yourself during all stages of a winter storm.

Author(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Organization(s): National Weather Service
Publication Date: July, 2020

Website sharing how to stay safe before, during, and after a winter storm.

Author(s): ENERGY STAR
Organization(s): ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: August, 2020

ENERGY STAR website to find the best windows by selecting your state and county (or zip code in California) to find your climate zone and learn more about picking the best product for your area. 

Author(s): University of Florida IFAS Extension
Organization(s): University of Florida IFAS Extension
Publication Date: May, 2006

Fact sheet describing impact-resistant window systems with specifics on Florida’s building codes.

Author(s): Efficient Windows Collaborative
Organization(s): Efficient Windows Collaborative
Publication Date: August, 2020

The Window Selection Tool will take you through a series of design conditions pertaining to your design and location.

Author(s): Brown
Organization(s): National Research Council Canada
Publication Date: January, 1997

Research study dcribing an evaluation of selected windows undertaken by IRC researchers at Ottawa’s Laurier House (now being used as a museum) to determine their effectiveness in controlling condensation.

Author(s): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: December, 2010

Fact sheet describing ways to properly flash windows and doors to resist water intrusion in coastal environments; also published in FEMA P-499 “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: Technical Fact Sheet Series.”

Author(s): Smith
Organization(s): NIBS
Publication Date: June, 2017

Article discussing structural and nonstructural building components and illustrates a variety of wind-induced damages, including wind-driven rain infiltration.

Author(s): Shao, Stathopoulos, Yang, Tian
Organization(s): Journal of Structural Engineering
Publication Date: January, 2018

Study analyzing wind pressures on hip roofs where two hip roofs come together forming an L and T shared roof or building.

Author(s): Habte, Mooneghi, Baheru, Zisis, Chowdhury, Masters, Irwin
Organization(s): Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Publication Date: July, 2017

Study showcasing the location of the highest uplift force on a hip roof, and thus roofing material needs the most fasteners and adhesive at this location.

Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report outlining the features of a test house built in Silver Spring , Maryland, and discussing the implementation of the energy efficient design, and reports on the short-term testing results.

Author(s): U.S. Fire Administration
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: July, 2020

Website summarizing wildland codes and standards, including related NFPA codes and standards.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): NFPA
Publication Date: July, 2020

Website containing links to key wildfire codes and standards.

Author(s): ENERGY STAR
Organization(s): ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: August, 2020

Introductory guide to air sealing the envelope of a home to reduce wasted energy and save on energy costs.

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

Document about proper HVAC system sizing.

Author(s): Contractor Magazine
Organization(s): Contractor Magazine
Publication Date: January, 2000

Article explaining the importance of expansion tank knowledge.

Author(s): Chandler
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding
Publication Date: January, 2008

Article about one way to deal with the cold-water surprise effect of tankless water heaters.

Author(s): Kerrigan
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report describing work conducted by the Building Science Corporation (BSC) Building America Research Teams Energy Efficient Housing Research Partnerships project.

Author(s): Aldrich
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: September, 2009

Report summarizing results from a case study about whole-house mechanical ventilation systems in Chicago.

Author(s): Southface Energy Institute, ORNL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 1999
Brochure about how to install and use a whole-house fan.
Author(s): City of Davis California
Organization(s): City of Davis California
A report describing proper retrofit techniques regarding air sealing and ventilation.
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: January, 2011

This article addresses the issue of undercutting bedroom doors to provide return airflow from bedrooms resulting in risks such as insufficient airflow, pressure imbalance, energy-inefficient loss of conditioned air, condensation within the wall, and moisture durability issues.

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

Information sheet discussing the differences between homeowner energy consumption trends in highly efficient homes.

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

Factsheet describing the importance of system charging, superheat and subcooling.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2013

Information sheet outlining the criteria for ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights.

Author(s): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: September, 2020

Report from FEMA describing wet floodproofing measures to make a home flood resistant, including when and how to properly install wet floodproofing measures.

Publication Date: May, 2012

Manual showing how to properly use grass swales to manage excess water runoff.

Author(s): German, Bell, Dakin, Hoeschele
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report assessing the performance and cost-effectiveness of a zero net energy community project in Davis, CA.

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

Report evaluating performance/efficiency of central heat pump water heaters and quality assurance/quality control processes in system startup, operation and efficiency program participation.

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

Information sheet explaining how weatherstripping can be an easy and cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts.

Author(s): Weather Proofing America
Organization(s): Weather Proofing America
Publication Date: August, 2020
Author(s): East Bay Municipal Utility District
Organization(s): Alliance for Water Efficiency
Publication Date: January, 2008

Report describing practices and considerationsfor more efficient water use in pools, spas, and fountains.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2017

Resource that provides guidance when choosing products that meet WaterSense program requirements. 

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2020

Website providing a searchable list of products that meet the EPA WaterSense criteria for water savings.

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