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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: January, 2013

Information sheet outlining the criteria for ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights.

Author(s): German, Bell, Dakin, Hoeschele
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report assessing the performance and cost-effectiveness of a zero net energy community project in Davis, CA.

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

Resource that establishes the criteria for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.

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

Resource that provides a checklist of program criteria for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.

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

Guide describing details that serve as a visual reference for each of the line items in the Water Management System Builder Checklist.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: March, 2016

Information sheet with the Waste Reduction Model (WARM), designed to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from several different waste management practices.

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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2008

Report discussing Building America whole house systems research within the broad effort to reduce or eliminate the environmental impact of building and provides specific recommendations for future Building America research based on Building Science Corporations experience with several recent projects involving green home building programs.

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

Guide describing details that serve as a visual reference for each of the line items in the Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2008

Document providing an overview of the Thermal Bypass Checklist for the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes program.

Author(s): Puttagunta, Aldrich, Owens, Vijayakumar
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2007

Report presenting results from whole-house monitoring efforts in hope that they may be useful for other moving towards zero energy homes.

Author(s): Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Organization(s): Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Publication Date: June, 2010

Even as the worst housing market correction in more than 60 years appeared to turn a corner in 2009, the fallout from sharply lower home prices and high unemployment continued.

Author(s): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, NREL
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2004

Report developed for Habitat for Humanity about lessons learned from demonstration retrofit projects undertaken by Habitat for Humanity affiliates in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; with building systems consulting and technical assistance provided by Steven Winter Associates.

Author(s): McGeough, Baker, Peters, Beitel
Organization(s): PARR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2012

Research study making several recommendations to whole-home program designers and implementers for improving the cost effectiveness and reach of whole-home programs.

Author(s): German, Dakin, Backman, Weitzel, Springer
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study determining how well high performance envelope and innovative cooling system interact to cost effectively reduce cooling energy use in this hot-dry climate.

Author(s): Prahl
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Document serving as a starting point that features initial tools and resources for teams to start collaborating to continually improve the energy efficiency and durability of new houses.

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): German, Weitzel, Backman, Hoeschele, Dakin
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study presenting a unique opportunity to both identify and evaluate deep retrofit measures that are practical and potentially cost effective for the retrofit market, as well as review the cost effectiveness of the Passive House design approach for achieving energy savings in deep retrofits.

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

Specifications to assist builders in designing and constructing homes equipped with a set of features that make the installation of solar energy systems after the completion of the home’s construction easier and less expensive.

Author(s): Lyons
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report summarizing commissioning, short-term testing, and analysis that occurred before, during, and just after the actual retrofit of the Bay Ridge project.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: January, 2010

Information sheet describing solar PV upgrade for an existing homes.

Author(s): Zoeller, Shapiro, Vijayakumar, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: February, 2013

Report about a deep energy retrofit Cool Energy House.

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

Resource to help builders better understand the WaterSense requirements for labeled homes and assist them in meeting the criteria so they can receive the label for their new construction.

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

The RERH specifications and checklists take a builder and a project design team through the steps of assessing a home’s solar resource potential and defining the minimum structural and system components needed to support a solar energy system.

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

Website tool intended to guide home builders in assessing whether a new home has the proper physical orientation to support a future installation of a solar energy system.

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

The RERH specifications and checklists take a builder and a project design team through the steps of assessing a home’s solar resource potential and defining the minimum structural and system components needed to support a solar energy system.

Author(s): Liaukus
Organization(s): BARA
Publication Date: December, 2014

Research project aimed to verify whether homes in the New Jersey HPwES program achieved 30% source energy savings, and if so, what measures were implemented to achieve them.

Author(s): Taggart, Sikora, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report designed to help a builder understand quality management and its role in transitioning from conventional to HPH building and remodeling.

Author(s): Roberts
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2012

Information sheet about the National Residential Efficiency Measures Database, a public database that characterizes the performance and costs of common residential energy efficiency measures.

Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: July, 2012
Report detailing the proposed point structure for the prescriptive approach of the energy efficiency chapter of the NGBS update.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2014

Resource that provides WaterSense inspectors with guidance for verification of program requirements for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.

Author(s): Springer, German
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group

Report on on lessons learned from building one multifamily home to the Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements.

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): Jones, Taylor, Kipp
Organization(s): BEEHA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report detailing an evaluation of Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) residential energy efficiency demand side management (DSM) programs to assess their impacts and relative measures of energy and economic performance.

Author(s): Wiehagen, Del Bianco, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: February, 2013
Report detailing field walk-through evaluations, energy simulations for projected savings with exterior insulation upgrades, building envelope energy improvement cost estimates, and installation and maintenance of monitoring equipment and data.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2012

Website with information about ENERGY STAR criteria for geothermal heat pumps.

Author(s): Edwards, Bohac, Nelson, Smith
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2013

Report about a project focused on the use of home energy ratings as a tool to promote energy retrofits in existing homes.

Author(s): McIlvaine, Sutherland, Schleith, Chandra
Organization(s): Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2010

Report about a building projects process including findings to date and highlights of the first home to meet the target HERS Index of 70.\

Author(s): Judkoff, Polly, Bianchi, Neymark
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2010

Document providing an example procedure for establishing acceptance-range criteria to assess results from software undergoing BESTEST-EX.

Author(s): Arena, Vijayakumar
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

Report summarizing CARB's analysis of Boulder, Colorado's SmartRegs ordinance in the existing home market.

Author(s): ENERGY STAR
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2018

Webpage with links to documents providing the program requirements and checklists for ENERGY STAR Certified Multifamily Homes (Version 1 / 1.1 / OR-WA 1.2).  

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: November, 2015

This report is designed to meet ASHRAE 62.2-2010/2013 and ANSI/ACCA’s 5 QI-2015 protocol, thereby improving the performance of HVAC equipment in new homes when compared to homes built to minimum code.

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

Webpage with links to documents providing the program requirements and checklists for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes (Ver. 3/3.1, Rev. 09).

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

Standard document containing the rater checklists and national program requirements for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, Version 3 (Rev. 7).

Author(s): ADM Associates, Texas A&M University, FSEC, University of Nebraska, LBNL
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: March, 2007

Research project addressing low-cost options that reduce monthly energy costs and improve the quality of life by enhancing comfort levels in low-income homes.

Author(s): Bianco, Wiehagen, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report that outlines steps of translating a new home construction scopes of work to scopes of work specifically for retrofits.

Author(s): Minnesota Power
Organization(s): Minnesota Power
Publication Date: July, 2020

Minnesota Power's energy conservation program for community, home, and business conservation.

Author(s): EIA
Organization(s): EIA
Publication Date: June, 2016

Federal statistics about national energy consumption in residential homes.

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

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

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