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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): Curkeet
Organization(s): Intertek
Publication Date: March, 2011
Presentation about the combustion properties of wood.
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): 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): 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): Fang, Winkler, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: March, 2011

Document presenting analysis results, focusing on relative humidity (RH) excursions, which are defined as unique events of indoor RH above a threshold.

Author(s): Ridouane, Bianchi
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2011

Research study describing a detailed 3D computational fluid dynamics model that evaluates the thermal performance of uninsulated wall assemblies.

Author(s): Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2011

Research study investigating the thermal efficiency of fasteners, namely drywall screws and siding nails, in high-performance wood-framed walls.

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): 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): Fang, Winkler, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Research study that utilizes EnergyPlus equipped with the moisture capacitance model to analyze the indoor relative humidity in three home types.

Author(s): Foam Sheathing Coalition
Organization(s): Foam Sheathing Coalition
Publication Date: December, 2011
Document that gives a step-by-step approach for designing attachments for cladding materials through foam sheathing.
Author(s): Taggart, Sikora, Wiehagen, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Research study providing a comparison of selected retrofit activity typically done, versus that same retrofit activity approached from an integrated high performance remodeling and quality management perspective.

Author(s): Lukachko, Gates, Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2011

Document identifying differences between the requirements for construction documents for high performance housing and the documents that are typically produced for conventional housing.

Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2011

Report about the impact on the loads when common safety factors are applied to the load calculation process using two houses that meet the 2009 IECC prescriptive path modeled as the accurate baseline.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Test method designed to obtain reliable values for the WVTR of plastic film and sheeting.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Test method designed to measure the air permeance of flexible sheet or rigid panel-type materials.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Specification covering the properties of a cured single- or multicomponent cold-applied elastomeric joint sealant for sealing, caulking, or glazing operations on buildings, plazas, and decks for vehicular or pedestrian use, and types of construction other than highway and airfield pavements and bridges.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2011
Standard specification covering elastomeric cellular preformed gasket and sealing materials.
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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: May, 2011

Guidelines 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): City of Philadelphia
Organization(s): City of Philadelphia
Publication Date: May, 2011

Code for construction and rehabilitation of single-family houses and small multi-family properties in the City of Philadelphia.

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: 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): ACTO Rubber Products Inc., Air Diffusion Council
Organization(s): Air Diffusion Council
Publication Date: March, 2011
Presentation about proper installation of flexible ducts.
Author(s): Gates, Osser
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Research study about two test homes that are examined with the goal of providing case studies that could be applied to other similar New England homes.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: September, 2011

Information sheet with the definition and uses for a raised truss.

Author(s): Butcher
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: December, 2011
Article investigating how a linear input/output relationship can be used as a simple model of the performance of a combination hydronic heating system over heating only, DHW only, and combined loads.
Author(s): Dickson
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2011

Report providing information about improving the energy efficiency and long-term durability of the buildings that are being reconstructed post Katrina in New Orleans.

Author(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Organization(s): ORNL
Publication Date: January, 2011

Website providing an online calculator for determining energy and cost savings from installing radiant barriers in attics.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 2011

Document providing supplemental information for code enforcement professionals about headers in nonbearing walls.

Author(s): Premier SIPS
Organization(s): Premier SIPS
Publication Date: June, 2011
Information sheet with nail withdrawl capacities in OSB.
Author(s): Dickson
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: December, 2011
Report covering the fundamental waterproofing strategies for tub and shower assemblies.
Author(s): Beal, McIlvaine, Fonorow, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: November, 2011

Document illustrating guidelines for efficient installation of interior duct systems in new housing.

Author(s): Aldrich, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: December, 2011

Report descibing the sealing and insulating of HVAC duct systems in new and existing homes.

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): Winkler, Christensen, Tomerlin
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Report documenting the measured performance of six residential ENERGY STAR vapor compression dehumidifiers.

Author(s): Winkler
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2011

Report proposing mini-split heat pumps as a new retrofit option to replace resistance heating in the Pacific Northwest.

Author(s): Sparn, Hudon, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2011

Report presenting lab evaluation of five heat pump water heaters available in the US market today.

Author(s): Bailes
Organization(s): Energy Vanguard
Publication Date: April, 2011
Information sheet discussing the downside to recessed can lights.
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): Guertin
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding Magazine
Publication Date: July, 2011

Central return designs require an open pathway between the room and the heart of the house where the return grill is located.  

Author(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: January, 2011

Report providing information about techniques and approaches to improve the efficiency of recessed lighting.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: March, 2011

Information sheet presenting techniques for installing cellulose insulation.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: November, 2011

Information sheet presenting the correct methods for building an insulated cathedral ceiling.

Author(s): Butler
Organization(s): Energy Vanguard
Publication Date: January, 2011
Article discussing the advantages of using heat pumps instead of furnaces in high-performance 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): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2011

Document providing supplemental information for code enforcement professionals about header hangers in bearing walls.

Author(s): Karr
Organization(s): Washington State University Extension Energy Program
Publication Date: March, 2011

Factsheet describing the uses and benefits of ground-source heat pumps for affordable housing, assisted living, dorms and hotels.

Author(s): Im, Liu, Monk
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: March, 2011

Website article discussing the economics of ground source heat pumps.

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