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

Information sheet about proper ventilation and air sealing.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: August, 2004

Report about a project with successful integration of numerous energy-conservation and renewable-energy features into a beautiful, comfortable, and very energy-efficient off-grid home.

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.

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

Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.

Author(s): Pierce
Organization(s): IAEI
Publication Date: July, 2001

Article on thermal protectors in recessed light fixtures.

Author(s): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, NREL
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2004

Report developed for Habitat for Humanity about lessons learned from demonstration retrofit projects undertaken by Habitat for Humanity affiliates in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; with building systems consulting and technical assistance provided by Steven Winter Associates.

Author(s): Puttagunta, Grab, Williamson
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2013

Report about seeking a 30% source energy savings targets over a comparable 2009 International Energy Conservation Code-built home in the cold climate zone, using simple measures.

Author(s): McIlvaine, Saunders, Bordelon, Baden, Elam, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC, TexEnergy Solutions, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
Publication Date: July, 2013

Report providing a SWOT analysis inherent to different models as a way of thinking about the transition from traditional business models into a viable model for delivering deep energy retrofits

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): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: March, 2016

Case study about a structural sheathing product composed of enhanced EPS rigid foam with OSB adhered on one side.

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

Case study about how to properly tape insulating sheathing drainage planes.

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

Case study examining the problem of unwanted air transfer from garage to living space and the effectiveness of garage exhaust ventilation or house supply ventilation to provide a solution to that.

Author(s): Southface Energy Institute, ORNL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: November, 1999
Brochure with information for homeowners about the benefits of air sealing.
Author(s): McGeough, Baker, Peters, Beitel
Organization(s): PARR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2012

Research study making several recommendations to whole-home program designers and implementers for improving the cost effectiveness and reach of whole-home programs.

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

Research study determining how well high performance envelope and innovative cooling system interact to cost effectively reduce cooling energy use in this hot-dry climate.

Author(s): German, Siddiqi, Dakin
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: November, 2014

Research project evaluating the pre-and post-retrofit energy consumption of a marine climate retrofit, compare actual energy use to original predictions, and identify opportunities for cost savings in other similar retrofits in this climate.

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

Document serving as a starting point that features initial tools and resources for teams to start collaborating to continually improve the energy efficiency and durability of new houses.

Author(s): Mallay, Del Bianco
Organization(s): PHI, Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: August, 2013

Report following the evolution of the construction quality process from its development for new homes to its application construction of a HPH with enhanced specifications, and its application in a crawlspace renovation.

Author(s): Drumheller, Wiehagen
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2004

Report providing information based on research and case studies, to remodelers and consumers about opportunities to increase home energy performance.

Author(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Organization(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Publication Date: January, 2018

Website providing information on all types of pest management for multi-family housing.

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

Information sheet about buried ducts.

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): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: March, 2017

Standard Work Specification for dense packing blown insulation in existing homes.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: April, 2017

Standard Work Specification for non-insulation contact recessed lights in existing homes.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Specification covering the properties of a cured single- or multicomponent cold-applied elastomeric joint sealant for sealing, caulking, or glazing operations on buildings, plazas, and decks for vehicular or pedestrian use, and types of construction other than highway and airfield pavements and bridges.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Standard specification covering elastomeric cellular preformed gasket and sealing materials.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

How hard can it be to insulate a flat sheet of concrete? I mean you only have three choices – on the top, on the bottom, or on the edge. OK, you might have some combination of the three as well.

Author(s): Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Organization(s): Wisconsin Focus on Energy
Publication Date: March, 2003

High-density sidewall cavity insulation can be a major comfort and savings boost. It saves energy by slowing both conductive and convective losses, but only if the right things are done and done right. This always requires site-specific thinking.

Author(s): Sutherland, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: February, 2013

Report evaluating the renovation of a 5,800-ft2, multiuse facility located in St. Petersburg, on the west coast of central Florida, in the hot-humid climate.

Author(s): Butler, Curtis, Kim, Roberts, Sephenson
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report describing construction of test homes in Atlanta, GA meeting Building America savings targets and serving as a basis of design for other homes Martin Dodson plans to build within the Serenbe community.

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

Information sheet about air sealing.

Author(s): Zoeller, Williamson, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB
Report on hybrid ventilation methods for insulated and sealed crawl spaces.
Author(s): Zoeller, Williamson, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA

Report on hybrid ventilation methods for insulated and sealed crawl spaces.

Author(s): Coble
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: January, 2010

Article describing how insulating and air sealing unfinished attic spaces can lead to reduced energy bills in some homes.

Author(s): Zoeller, Shapiro, Vijayakumar, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: February, 2013

Report about a deep energy retrofit Cool Energy House.

Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: April, 2013

Report about cost effective energy-efficient upgrades that can be implemented in the hot, dry Southwest climate.

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): Ueno, Kerrigan, Wytrykowska, Van Straaten
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: August, 2013

Research study about a high performance retrofit of an existing brick building (a former convent) into condominiums, all affordable housing.

Author(s): Brozyna
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2012

Report describing modification of model specifications to include guidance on energy efficiency measures is one approach that developers such as Mercy Housing of Denver, Colorado, are using to support their project teams.

Author(s): Liaukus
Organization(s): BARA
Publication Date: December, 2014

Research project aimed to verify whether homes in the New Jersey HPwES program achieved 30% source energy savings, and if so, what measures were implemented to achieve them.

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

Document reviewing ventilation strategies for different climate zones and includes schematic drawings and photographs of various ventilation installations.

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