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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, ORNL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 1999
Brochure about how to install and use a whole-house fan.
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): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2013

Website with consumer information about various types of lighting.

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

Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2006

Case study of new home construction in the hot-humid climate.

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): Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2000
Brochure describing insulation approaches for homes with slab-on-grade floors.
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): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2012

Website describing how solar water heaters -- also called solar domestic hot water systems -- can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home.

Author(s): Lubliner, Ueno, Burkett
Organization(s): Washington State University Extension Energy Program, DOE
Publication Date: July, 2019

Report describing the costs, benefits, and challenges of attic insulation retrofits in HUD-code manufactured homes. 

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: August, 2010

Presentation providing information about correctly installing ductwork in new and existing homes.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2014

Website with information from DOE about rules and standards for residential air conditioners and heat pumps.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: September, 2011

Information sheet with the definition and uses for a raised truss.

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

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

Author(s): Aldrich, Arena, Zoeller
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 2010
Document with information about the most practical methods to achieve whole-wall performance of R-30 or above.
Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 2011

Document providing supplemental information for code enforcement professionals about headers in nonbearing walls.

Author(s): EnergySaver
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2017

Webpage describing high-efficiency lighting choices for homeowners including LEDs, CFLs, and halogen bulbs.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2013

Information about LED lighting technology.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2017

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. 

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: July, 2018

You can save energy and maintain a comfortable swimming pool temperature by using a smaller, higher efficiency pump and by operating it less.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2009

Case study of new home construction in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2013

Website with consumer information about residential heat pump systems.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2011

Document providing supplemental information for code enforcement professionals about header hangers in bearing walls.

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

Information sheet about the benefits of purchasing and installing ENERGY STAR rated fans and ventilation products.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2010

Information sheet with tools for estimating payback of adding additional insulation to your house.

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

Fact sheet describing principles of insulating steam distribution and condensate return lines as an effective way to prevent energy loss.

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

Online reference containing general information about geothermal heat pumps.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2017

DOE's consumer information about energy and laundry.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: February, 2018

Website from the U.S. Department of Energy providing consumers with information on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies.  

Author(s): ZERH
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2019

Checklist describing solar water heating recommendations per the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program. 

Author(s): ZERH
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2019

Checklist for the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program Requirements Mandatory Requirement 7 (Renewable Ready). 

Author(s): U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2019

Standard requirements for DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home national program certification.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 1995

Information sheet summarizing inspection and testing of combustion appliances taught during the 2006 Florida whole-house weatherization training as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hot Climate Initiative.

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

IECC code note explaining new fan efficacy requirements, along with how to determine which fans are affected by the new fan requirements.

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

Website with consumer and contractor information about building codes and regulations for solar water heating systems.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2005

Document testing feasibility of constructing a new single-family home engineered to reduce the home's energy loads to an absolute minimum so that most needs could be met by solar systems.

An online resource for building best practices.
Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2007

Case study describing solar thermal and photovoltaic systems in new construction.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2007

Case study describing solar thermal and photovoltaic systems in new construction.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2007

Case study describing solar thermal and photovoltaic systems in new construction.