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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.

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Author(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Description
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)
Washington State Department of Ecology
Organization(s)
Washington State Department of Ecology
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Description
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
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Description
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
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Description
A hurricane retrofit guide describing techniques for strengthening roof-to-wall connections for family homes.
Author(s)
University of Minnesota
Organization(s)
University of Minnesota
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Description
Information sheet about the moisture properties of wood.
Author(s)
Curkeet
Organization(s)
Intertek
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Description
Presentation about the combustion properties of wood.
Author(s)
Aldrich
Organization(s)
Home Energy
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Description
Paper describing sustainable community development.
Author(s)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization(s)
CDC
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Description
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)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Organization(s)
USDHS
Publication Date
Description
Website providing guidance and resources for preparing and surviving snowstorms and extreme cold, in addition to links for preparing and surviving other disasters.
Author(s)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Organization(s)
National Weather Service
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Description
Website sharing how to stay safe before, during, and after a winter storm.
Author(s)
ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
Publication Date
Description
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)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
Publication Date
Description
Windows, doors, and opening protection chapter from FEMA's Local Officials Guide for Coastal Construction.
Author(s)
University of Florida IFAS Extension
Organization(s)
University of Florida IFAS Extension
Publication Date
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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
Description
Article discussing structural and nonstructural building components and illustrates a variety of wind-induced damages, including wind-driven rain infiltration.
Author(s)
Habte,
Mooneghi,
Baheru,
Zisis,
Chowdhury,
Masters,
Irwin
Organization(s)
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Publication Date
Description
Study showcasing the location of the highest uplift force on a hip roof, and thus roofing material needs for the most fasteners and adhesive at this location.
Author(s)
Department of Resource Management Building Division
Organization(s)
County of Shasta California
Publication Date
Description
An example of wildland urban interface construction requirements for new buildings built in very high fire risk zones/areas.
Author(s)
CAL FIRE Fire Engineering Division
Organization(s)
CAL FIRE Fire Engineering Division
Publication Date
Description
A list of exterior building products and materials approved for use in wildland urban interface zoned homes. These products are non-combustible or ignition-resistant.
Author(s)
United States Fire Administration
Organization(s)
USFA
Publication Date
Description
Webpage from USFA compiling resources from across the U.S. on Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) information.
Author(s)
U.S. Fire Administration
Organization(s)
FEMA
Publication Date
Description
Webpage with information and resources for homeowners and communities in the wildland urban interface.
Author(s)
Congressional Research Service
Organization(s)
CRS
Publication Date
Description
Fact sheet providing recent statistics on wildfires in the U.S.
Author(s)
United States Department of Agriculture,
U.S. Forest Service
Organization(s)
USDA,
USFS
Publication Date
Description
A website created by the U.S. Forest Service, containing interactive maps, charts and resources to help communities explore their risk to wildfires.
Author(s)
DisasterSafety.org
Organization(s)
IBHS
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Description
A webpage providing guidance on increasing the wildfire resistance of a home.
Author(s)
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Organization(s)
IBHS
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Description
Webpage describing ways builders and communities an reduce wildfire risk.
Author(s)
Canada Government of Northwest Territories
Organization(s)
Canada Government of Northwest Territories
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Description
Webpage describing the behavior of wildfires.
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Canada Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Organization(s)
Canada Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Publication Date
Description
Website describing how wildfires spread and how fuels, weather, and topography influence fires.
Author(s)
United States Department of Agriculture
Organization(s)
USDA
Publication Date
Description
Webpage from USDA and U.S. Forest Service with a map of potential wildfire risk across the U.S.
Author(s)
National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s)
NFPA
Publication Date
Description
Website containing links to key wildfire codes and standards.
Author(s)
ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
Publication Date
Description
Introductory guide to air sealing the envelope of a home to reduce wasted energy and save on energy costs.
Author(s)
Contractor Magazine
Organization(s)
Contractor Magazine
Publication Date
Description
Article explaining the importance of expansion tank knowledge.
Author(s)
Chandler
Organization(s)
Fine Homebuilding
Publication Date
Description
Article about one way to deal with the cold-water surprise effect of tankless water heaters.
Author(s)
Southface Energy Institute,
ORNL
Organization(s)
DOE
Publication Date
Description
Brochure about how to install and use a whole-house fan.
Author(s)
City of Davis California
Organization(s)
City of Davis California
Publication Date
Description
A report describing proper retrofit techniques regarding air sealing and ventilation.
Author(s)
ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
Description
A factsheet providing information on ENERGY STAR certified gas tankless water heaters with information on how they cut water heating expenses while providing a continuous delivery of hot water.
Author(s)
Zoeller
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet about insulation materials.
Author(s)
United States Department of Agriculture
Organization(s)
USDA
Publication Date
Description
Webpage describing the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and how to plan residential building to mitigate wildfire risks associated with building in the WUI.