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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): Aldrich
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2012

Report describing the design and construction of a highly energy efficient community of ten duplexes in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report outlining the features of a test house built in Silver Spring , Maryland, and discussing the implementation of the energy efficient design, and reports on the short-term testing results.

Author(s): Kerrigan
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report describing work conducted by the Building Science Corporation (BSC) Building America Research Teams Energy Efficient Housing Research Partnerships project.

Publication Date: May, 2012
Manual showing how to properly use grass swales to manage excess water runoff.
Author(s): Dakin, Backman, Hoeschele, German
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: November, 2012

Report evaluating performance/efficiency of central heat pump water heaters and quality assurance/quality control processes in system startup, operation and efficiency program participation.

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): 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): 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): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2012

Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.

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): The Family Handyman
Organization(s): The Family Handyman
Publication Date: January, 2012
Brochure describing HVAC filter options for efficiency and IAQ.
Author(s): Building Performance Institute
Organization(s): Building Performance Institute
Publication Date: January, 2012
Standard covering minimum required health and safety diagnostics and specifications for BPI's Building Analyst Professional certification.
Author(s): Roberts
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Document about NREL's repository of residential building characteristics and historical energy use data, used to improve accuracy of residential energy analysis tools.

Author(s): Maguire, Sparn, Hudon, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2012

Document about laboratory testing of five integrated heat pump water heaters (HPWH).

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

Document about development of recommendations to help residential HVAC designers select optimal supply inlet size and system operating conditions to maintain good thermal comfort in low heating and cooling load homes.

Author(s): Ridouane
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: January, 2012
Document about development of models for evaluating thermal performance of walls in existing homes that will improve the accuracy of building energy simulation tools when predicting potential energy savings of existing homes.
Author(s): Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2012

Document on the development of two simple in-home efficiency test methods that can be used by technicians, researchers, or interested homeowners to verify the correct operation and energy efficiency of a homes air conditioning and heating equipment.

Author(s): Rheem
Organization(s): Rheem
Publication Date: December, 2012

Information for properly sizing gas lines for use with tankless water heaters and other gas appliances.

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): 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): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2012

Report describing findings from research related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies that have made the decision to transition to whole house performance contracting (WHPC).

Author(s): Hoeschele, Springer, German, Staller, Zhang
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: August, 2012

Report about proper water heater selection developed to provide step-by-step procedures for evaluating preferred cost-effective options for energy efficient water heater alternatives based on local utility rates, climate, and anticipated loads.

Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Report describing the equipment selection of a split system air conditioner and furnace for an example house in Chicago, Illinois, as well as a heat pump system for an example house in Orlando, Florida.

Author(s): Holton
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Document offering methods to greatly reduce lighting energy use through the application of high quality fluorescent and light emitting diode (LED) technologies.

Author(s): Savage, Hunt
Organization(s): BARA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Media
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report intending to provide useful information as the DOE/BA develops and implements comprehensive communications and outreach strategies for demonstration homes.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2012

Website describing how solar water heaters -- also called solar domestic hot water systems -- can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home.

Author(s): Sanchez
Organization(s): Home Power
Publication Date: January, 2012
Web article about solar site assessment.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

How hard can it be to insulate a flat sheet of concrete? I mean you only have three choices – on the top, on the bottom, or on the edge. OK, you might have some combination of the three as well.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: November, 2012

Website with consumer information about duct cleaning.

Author(s): Butler, Curtis, Kim, Roberts, Sephenson
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report describing construction of test homes in Atlanta, GA meeting Building America savings targets and serving as a basis of design for other homes Martin Dodson plans to build within the Serenbe community.

Author(s): Earle, Sparn
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2012

Report summarizing the results of laboratory testing of 20 advanced power strip products.

Author(s): Cottrell
Organization(s): RESNET, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
Publication Date: October, 2012
Presentation describing RESNET grading criteria for insulation installation.
Author(s): Stetcher, Allison
Organization(s): IBACOS, NREL
Publication Date: November, 2012
Report discussing instrumentation methods and field operation characteristics of two GSHPs in test houses, including a comparison between the manufacturers listed COP values and the COPs calculated from field data.
Author(s): Kerr, Tondro
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report aimed at gaining a better understanding about benefits, challenges and technologies associated with natural gas feedback systems.

Author(s): Osser, Neuhauser, Ueno
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2012

Report about seven pilot homes and development of guidelines for deep energy retrofits in cold climates.

Author(s): VonThoma, Ojczyk
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study identifying best practices of three successful high performance, custom home builders in the upper Midwest.

Author(s): SF Environment
Organization(s): SF Environment, International Code Council
Publication Date: November, 2012

Report providing strategies for designing structures to prevent pest entry.

Author(s): Osser, Kerrigan
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

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): 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): Brooks, Dunlop
Organization(s): NABCEP
Publication Date: March, 2012
This Photovoltaic (PV) Installer Resource Guide is an informational resource covering basic requirements for PV installations intended for individuals pursuing the Photovoltaic Installer Certification credential offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
Author(s): Grin, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report describing the work conducted for high performance hybrid assemblies.

Author(s): Siegenthaler
Organization(s): Delmar CENGAGE Learning
Publication Date: January, 2012
Book with indepth information about hydronic systems for residential and commercial buildings.
Author(s): NMIC
Organization(s): NMIC
Publication Date: April, 2012
Web resource that lays out the pre-work considerations, methods and finishes for installing mechanical insulation.
Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2012

Document providing information and guidance about rehabilitating, retrofitting, and replacing wood window assemblies in residential construction.

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

The purpose of this measure guideline on ventilation cooling is to provide information on a cost effective solution for reducing cooling system energy and demand in homes located in hot-dry and cold-dry climates.

Author(s): Brozyna, Davis, Rapport
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2012

Document developed to help residential new construction builders transition from using a three-coat stucco system to a one-coat stucco system installed over 1 in. of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation.

Author(s): Hunt, Easley
Organization(s): BARA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Media
Publication Date: May, 2012

Research study showing that for a relatively small investment, a variable speed pool pump can reduce pool pump energy use by 50% to 75%.

Author(s): Shapiro, Puttagunta, Owens
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: February, 2012

Document with evaluation of 14 heat pump water heaters (including three recently released HPWH products) installed in existing homes in the northeast region of the United States.

Author(s): German, Dakin, Hoeschele
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: March, 2012

Report about evaporative condensers, to provide information on a cost-effective solution for energy and demand savings in homes with cooling loads.

Author(s): Carmody, Haglund
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: November, 2012

Document to help builders, homeowners, and designers select energy-efficient windows in new and existing residential construction in all U.S. climate zones.

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