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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): Lutron
Organization(s): Lutron
Publication Date: October, 2014
Website discusses differences between CFL and LED bulbs.
Author(s): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2005

Report and case study describing a retrofit project in the cold climate.

Author(s): Lukachko, Grin, Bergey
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2013

Report detailing retrofit of two existing houses in the Wyandotte Neighborhood program.

Author(s): Ott, Morgan, Antes
Organization(s): ORNL
Publication Date: September, 2019

Report describing results of a workshop describing assessing current and future strategies for research into disaster resilience and energy efficiency in buildings.

Author(s): Washington State Department of Ecology
Organization(s): Washington State Department of Ecology
Publication Date: August, 2015
This web site has information about burn bans, which wood burning devices are legal in Washington, why wood smoke is harmful to health, and how to reduce the smoke from your wood burning device.
Author(s): Forest Products Laboratory
Organization(s): USDA
Publication Date: January, 2010
Report summarizing information on wood as an engineering material, and presents properties of wood and wood-based products of particular concern to the architect and engineer.
Author(s): Florida Division of Emergency Management
Organization(s): Florida Division of Emergency Management
Publication Date: January, 2010

A hurricane retrofit guide describing techniques for strengthening roof-to-wall connections for family homes.  

Author(s): American Wood Council
Organization(s): AWC
Publication Date: November, 2014

Manual providing engineered and prescriptive design requirements for wood frame construction used in one and two-family dwellings.

Author(s): University of Minnesota
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: January, 1998
Information sheet about the moisture properties of wood.
Author(s): Simpson Strong Tie
Organization(s): Simpson Strong Tie
Publication Date: November, 2018

Guide detailing the metal connector products manufactured by Simpson Strong-Tie and their applications and strengths.

Author(s): Curkeet
Organization(s): Intertek
Publication Date: March, 2011
Presentation about the combustion properties of wood.
Author(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization(s): CDC
Publication Date: February, 2019

Website provides information to prepare for winter storms, prevent cold temperature-related health problems, and protect yourself during all stages of a winter storm.

Author(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Organization(s): National Weather Service
Publication Date: July, 2020

Website sharing how to stay safe before, during, and after a winter storm.

Author(s): ENERGY STAR
Organization(s): ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: August, 2020

ENERGY STAR website to find the best windows by selecting your state and county (or zip code in California) to find your climate zone and learn more about picking the best product for your area. 

Author(s): University of Florida IFAS Extension
Organization(s): University of Florida IFAS Extension
Publication Date: May, 2006

Fact sheet describing impact-resistant window systems with specifics on Florida’s building codes.

Author(s): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: December, 2010

Fact sheet describing ways to properly flash windows and doors to resist water intrusion in coastal environments; also published in FEMA P-499 “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: Technical Fact Sheet Series.”

Author(s): Smith
Organization(s): NIBS
Publication Date: June, 2017

Article discussing structural and nonstructural building components and illustrates a variety of wind-induced damages, including wind-driven rain infiltration.

Author(s): Shao, Stathopoulos, Yang, Tian
Organization(s): Journal of Structural Engineering
Publication Date: January, 2018

Study analyzing wind pressures on hip roofs where two hip roofs come together forming an L and T shared roof or building.

Author(s): Habte, Mooneghi, Baheru, Zisis, Chowdhury, Masters, Irwin
Organization(s): Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Publication Date: July, 2017

Study showcasing the location of the highest uplift force on a hip roof, and thus roofing material needs the most fasteners and adhesive at this location.

Author(s): U.S. Fire Administration
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: July, 2020

Website summarizing wildland codes and standards, including related NFPA codes and standards.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): NFPA
Publication Date: July, 2020

Website containing links to key wildfire codes and standards.

Author(s): ENERGY STAR
Organization(s): ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: August, 2020

Introductory guide to air sealing the envelope of a home to reduce wasted energy and save on energy costs.

Author(s): Contractor Magazine
Organization(s): Contractor Magazine
Publication Date: January, 2000

Article explaining the importance of expansion tank knowledge.

Author(s): Chandler
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding
Publication Date: January, 2008

Article about one way to deal with the cold-water surprise effect of tankless water heaters.

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): City of Davis California
Organization(s): City of Davis California
A report describing proper retrofit techniques regarding air sealing and ventilation.
Author(s): Zoeller
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: April, 2009

Information sheet about insulation materials.

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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2010

Factsheet describing the importance of system charging, superheat and subcooling.

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): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: September, 2020

Report from FEMA describing wet floodproofing measures to make a home flood resistant, including when and how to properly install wet floodproofing measures.

Publication Date: May, 2012

Manual showing how to properly use grass swales to manage excess water runoff.

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): 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): East Bay Municipal Utility District
Organization(s): Alliance for Water Efficiency
Publication Date: January, 2008

Report describing practices and considerationsfor more efficient water use in pools, spas, and fountains.

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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2020

Website providing a searchable list of products that meet the EPA WaterSense criteria for water savings.

Author(s): World Health Organization
Organization(s): World Health Organization
Publication Date: March, 2011
This text is one of series of supporting documents that provide guidance on implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality. It is intended to support improvement of water safety within buildings.
Author(s): Smegal, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

Report summarizing current research, summarizes issues that have been experienced with current best practices, and recommends ways in which the best practices can be improved for water managing sheathings.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2007

Document providing guidance on water management concepts and applications.

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): Bajnai
Organization(s): Chesterfield County, VA Building Department
Publication Date: October, 2016

A guide describing how to do wall bracing calculations and evaluations.

Author(s): Verona, WI Building Department
Organization(s): Verona, WI Building Department
Publication Date: January, 2009

Document describing wall bracing techniques and suggestions for the city of Verona, WI building department.

Author(s): Quarles
Organization(s): Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Publication Date: August, 2017

Report covering the migration of wind-blown embers in roof vents.

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): Parker
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2008
Document describing the measured annual performance data from 12 recent-vintage very low energy homes in the US.
Author(s): Herderson, Dentz, Doty
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: July, 2013

Research study developed and verified a fuel oil flow field measurement protocol that is cost effective and can be performed with little training for use by the BB program as well as other weatherization programs and building science researchers.

Author(s): Tabares-Velasco, Christensen, Bianchi, Booten
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: July, 2012
Report summarizing NRELs efforts to develop diagnostic test cases to conduct accurate energy simulations when phase change materials (PCMs) are modeled in residential buildings.
Author(s): Gromicko
Organization(s): International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Publication Date: January, 2013
Document outlining important safety considerations of ventless fireplaces.

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