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

Resource that provides guidance when choosing products that meet WaterSense program requirements. 

Author(s): Colon, VonThoma
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2017

This report documents the process and outcomes involved in achieving the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program certification standards while helping homebuilders in Climate Zones 5 and 6 in the Upper Midwest achieve ZERH certification.

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: November, 2017

These test methods describe two techniques for measuring air leakage rates through a building envelope in buildings that may be configured to a single zone.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): NFPA
Publication Date: January, 2017

Website providing a link for purchasing NFPA 1141, Standard for Fire Protection Infrastructure for Land Development in Wildland, Rural, and Suburban Areas.

Author(s): Metzger, Goyl, Baechler
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2017

This research paper outlines residential HVAC advanced controls and sensors. It includes a technology review, applications, maintenance and commissioning, occupant behavior and a summary of the state-of-the-art technologies for advanced controls for residential HVAC.

Author(s): Schoenbauer, Bohac, McAlpine, Hewett
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: June, 2017

This project analyzed combined condensing water heaters or boilers and hydronic air coils to provide high efficiency domestic hot water (DHW) and forced air space heating. Called "combi" systems, they provided similar space and water heating performance less expensively than installing two condensing appliances. The system's...

Author(s): FDA
Organization(s): FDA
Publication Date: November, 2017

When it comes to protecting yourself and your family from foodborne illness, one of your most effective tools is the kitchen refrigerator. 

Author(s): ENERGY STAR
Organization(s): ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: December, 2017

Information about recycling CFL lightbulbs.

Author(s): Low, Mills, Quinn, Reeder, Squerciati
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: February, 2017

Report illustrating the design and construction of utility systems that comply with the National Flood Insurance Programrequirements for construction of new residential and non-residential structures in flood-prone areas.

Author(s): Porter, Scawthorn, Dash, Santos, Eguchi, Ghosh, Huyck, Isteita, Mickey, Rashed, Schneider
Organization(s): NIBS
Publication Date: December, 2017

Report updating and expanding on a 2005 study that found, among other things, that every $1 of natural hazard mitigation funded by FEMA between 1993 and 2003 saved the American people an average of $4 in avoided future losses.

Author(s): Lsibturek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, BSC
Publication Date: January, 2017

Report describing the most cost-effective ventilation and indoor air quality solutions for multifamily homes that meet ASHRAE 62.2-2016. 

Author(s): Schoenbauer, Bohac, Huelman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: March, 2017

Report describing the installation and operation of forced-air heating and domestic hot water combi systems in residential homes. 

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

Factsheet with information on energy efficient pool pumps.

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, 2017

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

LBNL
Publication Date: December, 2017
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): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: December, 2017

Fact Sheet describing the need for supplemental dehumidification, dehumidifier configuration options, and design considerations.

Author(s): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: January, 2017

Fact sheet  giving an overview of how to properly prepare for a winter storm and how to protect yourself before, during, and after one.

Author(s): ANSI
Organization(s): ANSI
Publication Date: April, 2017

This Standard applies to storage water heaters, instantaneous water heaters, and circulating water heaters including booster water heaters.

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

ENERGY STAR lightbulb criteria.

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

ENERGY STAR Key product criteria for dishwashers.

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

The ENERGY STAR criteria for clothes washers.

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

ENERGY STAR criteria for clothes dryers.

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

ENERGY STAR clothes dryer buying guidance for consumers.

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

DOE's consumer information about energy and laundry.

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

Resource that provides a directory of products that meet WaterSense program requirements. 

Author(s): Kochkin, Wiehagen
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: September, 2017

The Guide addresses walls constructed with 2x4 wood frame studs, wood structural panel (WSP) sheathing as wall bracing and added backing for foam sheathing, a layer of rigid foam sheathing insulation up to 1.5 in. thick over the WSP, and a cladding system installed over the foam sheathing in low-rise residential buildings up to three stories...

Author(s): Kochkin, Wiehagen
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: September, 2017

Part I of the Guide addresses walls constructed with 2x6 wood frame studs, wood structural panel (WSP) sheathing as exterior sheathing, gypsum board as interior sheathing, and a cladding system installed over WSP sheathing in low-rise residential buildings up to three stories in height. The Guide is aligned with the provisions of the 2012...

Author(s): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: January, 2017

Fact sheet describing how to prepare for hurricane season and mitigate damage from floods and high winds. 

Author(s): American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Organization(s): American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication Date: January, 2017

Code establishing the rules of safety relating only to pressure integrity for the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels during construction.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2017

Standard establishing a test procedure for evaluating the performance of air-cleaning devices as a function of particle size.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2017

Guidebook covering basic principles and data used in the HVAC&R industry.

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

EPA's website about asbestos.

Author(s): American Institute of Architects
Organization(s): AIA
Publication Date: March, 2017

Report describing the experience gained from AIA’s Disaster Assistance Program with first-hand accounts of disaster response and recovery, case studies and other best practices, including approaches to designing buildings to be more adaptable to uncertainty.

Author(s): Beach, Dickson, Grisolia, Poerschke, Rapport
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: August, 2017

This report describes an air distribution system composed of a series of uniformly-sized ducts that terminate in rooms throughout the home and return to a central manifold, similar in fashion to a “home-run” cross-linked polyethylene plumbing system. With a well-designed manifold, each duct receives an equal static pressure...

Author(s): International Code Council
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: August, 2017

Code for residential buildings that creates minimum regulations for one- and two-family dwellings of three stories or less. It brings together all building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy and electrical provisions for one- and two-family residences.

Author(s): International Code Council
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: August, 2017

Standard addressing the design and installation of mechanical systems through requirements emphasizing performance, public health, and safety.

Author(s): International Code Council
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: November, 2017

Code establishing a baseline for energy efficiency by setting performance standards for the building envelope (defined as the boundary that separates heated/cooled air from unconditioned, outside air), mechanical systems, lighting systems, and service water heating systems in homes and commercial businesses.

Author(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
Organization(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
Publication Date: March, 2017

Publication with installation guidance for vinyl siding.