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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): Gifford
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: September, 2005

Article describing how an affordable multifamily building achieved energy savings for the same cost as code-minimum construction.

Author(s): Hales
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: January, 2011

Article describing the risks associated with vented and unvented crawlspaces in different climate zones. 

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): Gunishan
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: February, 2013

Book providing home owners with building science information to help make good decisions when planning a home remodel or renovation.

Author(s): Springer
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: November, 2009
Information sheet about efficiency and health benefits of MERV filters.
Author(s): Dobson
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: May, 2011

Article describing how insulated siding can save homeowners energy by providing continuous exterior insulation. 

Author(s): Parker
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: November, 2004

Article describing the effect metal roofs have on thermal performance in hot-humid climates. 

Author(s): Hoeschele
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: March, 2005

Article describing the factors that can lead to inefficient hot water distribution systems in homes.

Author(s): Calwell, Horowitz
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: June, 2001
Online article describing how ceiling fans are one of the most popular and generally well regarded of all home energy efficiency features.
Author(s): Fulger
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: November, 2004

Article describing the effective R-values of various subslab insulation products, including foil bubble pack. 

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): Moriarta
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: July, 2008
Journal article describing energy and cost savings potential from air sealing multifamily town homes.
Author(s): Dastur, Davis
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: January, 2005

Article describing how closed crawlspaces can do "double duty" by controlling moisture and providing energy savings.