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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): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota

Presentation for residential energy efficiency stakeholder meeting.

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): 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): 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): 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): ICF Systems
Organization(s): Massachusetts Building Products
Publication Date: January, 2013
Information sheet including a checklist of steps to follow for pouring concrete.
Author(s): Ueno, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2012

Document providing information on basement insulation, air sealing and water management retrofits.

Author(s): Aldrich, Mantha, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: October, 2012

Document describing good practices for insulating basements in new and existing homes.

Author(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Organization(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Publication Date: August, 2017

Website providing information about rodents and how to prevent rodent entry in homes.

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

Information sheet describing techniques for insulating basements.

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): Natural Resources Canada
Organization(s): Natural Resources Canada
Publication Date: October, 2013
Information sheet providing links and resources for insulating basements in cold climates.
Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: June, 2012
Blog entry describing methods for insulating basement walls on the interior or exterior.
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): Todd
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: November, 2012

Article describing methods to manage moisture, rainwater, and vapor in basements and crawlspaces. 

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

Report analyzing results in crawlspace retrofits in multifamily buildings.

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

Information sheet about crawlspace insulation, including installation details.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2008

Information guide describing issues with concrete floors, in multiple climate zones.

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): Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2002

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Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2002

Report describing approaches to insulating basements in homes built to meet Energy Star.

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

EPA's website about asbestos.