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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): Bailes
Organization(s): Energy Vanguard
Publication Date: December, 2010

Article describing products that can enhance the efficiency and safety of clothes dryer vents.

Author(s): Bailes
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2013
Information sheet about unvented fireplaces and combustion safety.
Author(s): EIA
Organization(s): EIA
Publication Date: December, 2013
Report with updated energy consumption data for 28 residential & commercial miscellaneous electric loads (MELs), including projections to 2040.
Author(s): Rapp, Less, Singer, Stratton, Wray
Organization(s): LBNL
The exhaust from residential combustion appliances contains air pollutants and high levels of moisture that must be conveyed to the outdoors to maintain acceptable indoor quality.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 1995

Information sheet summarizing inspection and testing of combustion appliances taught during the 2006 Florida whole-house weatherization training as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hot Climate Initiative.

Author(s): Building Performance Institute
Organization(s): Building Performance Institute
Publication Date: January, 2016

The following combustion appliance safety inspection must be completed to determine if fossil fuel-fired appliances are operating safely under a depressurized condition.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): National Fire Protection Association
Publication Date: January, 2013
Information sheet with safety tips for dryers.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: February, 2018

Website from the U.S. Department of Energy providing consumers with information on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies.  

Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2017

DOE's consumer information about energy and laundry.

Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

ENERGY STAR clothes dryer buying guidance for consumers.

Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

ENERGY STAR criteria for clothes dryers.

Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

The ENERGY STAR criteria for clothes washers.

Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

ENERGY STAR Key product criteria for dishwashers.

Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2015

Webpage with links to Document outlining the program requirements for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, Version 3 and 3.1  (Rev. 08).

Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2018

Table of criteria for pool pumps to achieve ENERGY STAR certification.

Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2014

The ENERGY STAR criteria for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers.

Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: November, 2011

EPA's market report about residential clothes dryers.

Author(s): Rice
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2015

Blog post about heat pump clothes dryers.

Author(s): Nicholas Gerbis
Organization(s): Home & Garden
Publication Date: April, 2000

Resource that explains how water softeners work to reduce scale.

Author(s): Hoak, Parker, Hermelink
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2008
Report about measurements of three recent vintage dishwashers of very different efficiencies showing that while they are substantially more efficient than older dishwashers.
Author(s): Nich, Gromicko
Organization(s): International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Publication Date: March, 2018

Article describing the correct installation of clothes dryer exhaust ducts.

Author(s): EPA
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): BSC
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: May, 2009
Brochure about indoor water management.
Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: April, 2017

Factsheet with information on energy efficient pool pumps.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: November, 2010

If your kitchen has a powerful exhaust fan, it may be pulling air down your chimney or water-heater flue.

Author(s): Fitzgerald, Bohac
Organization(s): Center for Energy and Environment, NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: May, 2014
This Measure Guideline covers how to assess and carry out the isolation of natural draft combustion appliances from the conditioned spaces of low-rise residential buildings.
Author(s): Brand
Organization(s): PARR, Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date: May, 2014

This measure guideline provides guidance on combustion safety inspection procedures for appliances and heating equipment that use indoor air for combustion and dilution of flue gases in low-rise residential buildings.

Author(s): Martin, Sutherland, Parker
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2016

Repor ourlining testing results from a 53 home monitored sample, long-term energy use of electric resistance clothes dryers.

Author(s): Sutherland, Parker, Chasar, Hoak
Organization(s): Florida Solar Energy Center
Publication Date: August, 2014
A lighting and smart power strip retrofit evaluation was conducted on 56 all-electric, existing Florida homes to see how lighting and miscellaneous electric loads might be reduced.
Author(s): Owrth, Ludovici, Joyce, Fernstrom
Organization(s): California Investor-owned Utilities
Publication Date: July, 2013

This CASE report proposes updates and revisions to the standards for residential swimming pool filtration pumps, new and replacement single phase pump motors under 5 horsepower (HP), controllers, portable electric spas as well as expanding the scope of the current standards to include light emitting diode (LED) pool lighting.

Author(s): Lstiburek, Brennan
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: December, 2006
Document with important building science considerations, designed for members of the residential construction and remodeling industries, as well as owners and managers who work in affordable housing.
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): FDA
Organization(s): FDA
Publication Date: November, 2017

When it comes to protecting yourself and your family from foodborne illness, one of your most effective tools is the kitchen refrigerator. 

Author(s): EPA
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): Earle, Sparn
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: August, 2012
Report summarizing the results of laboratory testing of 20 advanced power strip products.
Author(s): Schoenbauer, Bohac, McAlpine, Hewett
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: June, 2017

This project analyzed combined condensing water heaters or boilers and hydronic air coils to provide high efficiency domestic hot water (DHW) and forced air space heating. Called "combi" systems, they provided similar space and water heating performance less expensively than installing two condensing appliances. The system's...

Author(s): California Energy Commission
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: June, 2016

This report discusses proposed updates to the pool pumps and motors, and portable electric spas standards in the Appliance Efficiency Regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601 to 1609). These proposed updates are part of the 2012 Appliance Efficiency Rulemaking, Phase I (Docket #15-AAER-02).

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): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2016

ENERGY STAR pool volume calculator in a spreadsheet format.

Author(s): DOE
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): 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): Cranor
Organization(s): American Society of Home Inspectors
Publication Date: April, 2005
Document outlining the importance of keeping dryer exhaust ducts clean.
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): EPA
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): 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.