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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): NAHB, Southface Energy Institute, ORNL, NREL
Organization(s): NAHB, Southface Energy Institute, ORNL, NREL
Publication Date: January, 2002
Information sheet about advanced wall framing.
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: November, 2004
Brochure intended to provide readers with a working knowledge of residential heating and cooling duct systems.
Author(s): BIRA, BSC, CARB, DEG, FSEC, IBACOS, NAHB Research Center, NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: January, 2006
Report summarizing research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in the Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry Climate Region on a cost-neutral basis.
Author(s): BAIHP, BIRA, BSC, CARB, DEG, IBACOS, NAHB Research Center, NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2006
Report summarizing research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in the Marine Climate Region on a cost-neutral basis.
Author(s): BAIHP, BIRA, BSC, CARB, DEG, IBACOS, NAHB Research Center, NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2006
Report summarizing research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in the Mixed-Humid Region on a cost-neutral basis.
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: May, 2006
Report providing a summary of key lessons learned from the first ten years of the Building America program and also included a summary of the future challenges that must be met to reach the programs long term performance goals.
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: September, 2014
Website with prepopulated information about the United States renewable resources.
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003
Provides consumers with general information on solar water heating systems and how to select a contractor.
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: October, 2014
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: October, 2013
Infographic providing details on choosing the right advanced power strip based on your habits to reduce the electricity wasted when your electronic devices are idle.
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: April, 2017

Standard Work Specification for non-insulation contact recessed lights in existing homes.

Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: March, 2017

Standard Work Specification for dense packing blown insulation in existing homes.

Author(s): NREL
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): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: January, 2012
Document about development of a new test procedure to increase the quality and accuracy of energy analysis tools for the building retrofit market.
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2008
Case study of new home construction in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.
Author(s): CARB, NREL
Organization(s): CARB, NREL
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): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: August, 2004
Report about a project with successful integration of numerous energy-conservation and renewable-energy features into a beautiful, comfortable, and very energy-efficient off-grid home.
Author(s): CARB, NREL
Organization(s): CARB, NREL
Publication Date: November, 2005
Report and case study describing a retrofit project in the cold climate.