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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): City of Davis California
Organization(s): City of Davis California
A report describing proper retrofit techniques regarding air sealing and ventilation.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2011

This article addresses the issue of undercutting bedroom doors to provide return airflow from bedrooms resulting in risks such as insufficient airflow, pressure imbalance, energy-inefficient loss of conditioned air, condensation within the wall, and moisture durability issues.

Author(s): National Institute of Standards and Technology
Organization(s): National Institute of Standards and Technology
Publication Date: December, 2004

Standards for requirements, performance, construction, workmanship and others for structural-use panels.

Author(s): Composite Panel Association
Organization(s): Composite Panel Association
Publication Date: January, 2003
Technical bulletin addressing surfacing options in regards to composite wood panels and their emission barrier capabilities.
Author(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2019
Author(s): Turner, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This study uses a computer simulation approach to examine the energy and indoor air quality implications of passive and hybrid ventilation systems.

Author(s): American Lung Association
Organization(s): American Lung Association
Publication Date: January, 2012
Document outlining important factors for homeowners to be aware of regarding healthy homes.
Author(s): Composite Panel Association
Organization(s): Composite Panel Association
Publication Date: January, 2001
Document addressing multiple surfacing options for composite wood panels with regards to their abilities to act as emission barriers.
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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: September, 2012

Presentation, and online course, that provides an introduction to mold and mold remediation for environmental and public health professionals.

Author(s): Berman, Smith, Porse
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: December, 2012

Document targeting retrofit program managers, retrofit contractors, policy makers, academic researchers, and non-governmental organizations that work to realize energy savings from home energy upgrades (HEUs).

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): Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control
Organization(s): California Department of Public Health (CDHP)
Publication Date: February, 2010
Detailed requirements for testing, exposure modeling, and allowable limits for modeled indoor air concentrations.
Author(s): Canadian Standards Association (CSA) International
Organization(s): CSA International
Publication Date: March, 2001

Document addressing multiple surfacing options for composite wood panels with regards to their abilities to act as emission barriers.

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

Information sheet about soil gas control strategies for foundations.

Author(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date: August, 2015
Toolkits for residents and owner/managers who live and work in federally assisted housing.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Information sheet with information about sealing combustion appliances for indoor air quality.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: August, 2009

Report providing information on mechanical, air-cleaning devices for ventilation when conventional methods are not warranted.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2009

Summary of available information and resources on residential air cleaners, including HVAC filters.

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

Document with important building science considerations, designed for members of the residential construction and remodeling industries, as well as owners and managers who work in affordable housing.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2013

Website with information about radon-resistant construction techniques and other radon resources for builders, contractors and homebuyers.  

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): NFPA
Publication Date: January, 2015

Standard containing requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) detection and warning equipment intended to protect lives by warning occupants of the presence of CO in sufficient time to allow occupants to escape or take other appropriate action.

Author(s): Robbins, Morrell
Organization(s): Western Wood Products Association
Publication Date: January, 2006
Document addressing common questions about moisture, mold and wood.
Author(s): Aldrich
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: February, 2014

This document addresses adding—or improving—mechanical ventilation systems to existing homes. The purpose of ventilation is to remove contaminants from homes either directly or by dilution. This report discusses where, when, and how much ventilation is appropriate in a home, including some discussion of relevant codes and...

Author(s): Pettit, Neuhauser, Gates
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2013

Guidebook providing useful examples of high performance retrofit techniques for the building enclosure of wood frame residential construction in a cold and somewhat wet climate.

Author(s): Rudd
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: February, 2011

Report on whole-house and spot ventilation strategies for improved indoor air quality.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2010

EPA’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule (as amended in 2010 and 2011), aims to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities.

Author(s): Springer
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: November, 2009
Information sheet about efficiency and health benefits of MERV filters.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: March, 2013

Source for information about Carbon Monoxide including health effects and measures to reduce exposure.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Document outlining specifications that were developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize new homes equipped with a comprehensive set of indoor air quality (IAQ) features.

Author(s): Less, Mullen, Singer, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California.

Author(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Organization(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Publication Date: January, 2008

Book providing project management guidance in maintaining satisfactory indoor air quality (IAQ) of occupied buildings undergoing renovation or construction.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Companion document to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications, providing guidance on identifying compliant products, including industry databases and examples of product labeling.

Author(s): Aspen Publishers
Organization(s): Aspen Publishers
Publication Date: January, 2000
Report with information for builders and retrofitters to help eliminate hazards and coincidental energy losses that come from attached garages.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2014

This publication provides a set of best practices for improving indoor air quality in conjunction with energy upgrade work in homes.

Author(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date: August, 2011

This manual is designed for state and local healthy homes programs that are working to reduce secondhand smoke exposure in multiunit housing. The manual provides field-tested strategies, recommendations, best practices, and tools. 

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: November, 2011

This report describes the health effects of secondhand smoke.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: August, 2009

Report about opportunities for ventilation when traditional methods are limited by weather conditions or by contaminants in the outdoor air.

Author(s): Green Seal
Organization(s): Green Seal
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standards for paints and coatings.
Author(s): Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s): Health Canada
Publication Date: June, 2004

Results from a research program testing airtightness, implications of air leakage and contaminant reduction over the garage-to-house interface.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2014

Detailed information about Formaldehyde including health effects and strategies to reduce exposure.

Author(s): Martin, Fenaughty, Parker
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: January, 2018

Report outlining how Smart ventilation controls (SVC) balance energy consumption, comfort, and IAQ by optimizing mechanical ventilation operation to reduce the heating and/or cooling loads, improve management of indoor moisture, and maintain IAQ equivalence according to ASHRAE 62.2.

Author(s): Singer, Delp, Apte
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2010

Report on the performance of range hood exhaust fans.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: February, 2018

Website providing the technical specifications and related documents for home builders, subcontractors, architects, and other housing professionals interested in certifying a home to the EPA's Indoor airPLUS program requirements.

Author(s): Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Organization(s): Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Publication Date: May, 2007
Standard supporting indoor air quality performance by producers, purchasers and policy makers to improve the environmental performance of products and services.
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): Turner, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This study evaluates the energy, humidity and indoor air quality implications of residential ventilation cooling in all US IECC climate zones.

Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: December, 2014
Report outlining the issues with using existing ducts with a new low-load HVAC system, which reduces throw at supply registers causing decreased mixing of supply and room air, leading to potential thermal comfort complaints.
Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): National Research Council Canada
Publication Date: March, 1969
Article discussing the causes of wood decay and moisture issues.
Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: May, 2014
Standard describing a labeling program for carpet cushions.

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