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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): Parker, Sherwin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, NREL
Publication Date: October, 2012
Research study summarizing the first full year of detailed data collected about a single-family home that experienced a series of retrofits targeting reductions in energy use.
Author(s): Ueno
Organization(s): BSC
Report on adding insulation to load-bearing mass masonry buildings.
Author(s): Prahl, Beach
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: December, 2014
Report outlining workflow and results of regression models on monthly and daily utility data (meter readings of electricity consumption), outlining a process for screening and gathering useful results from inverse models.
Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: December, 2013
Standard 55 specifies conditions for acceptable thermal environments and is intended for use in design, operation, and commissioning of buildings and other occupied spaces.
Author(s): Thomas-Rees, Beal, Martin, Fonorow
Organization(s): BA-PIRC
Publication Date: March, 2013
Report describing partner approaches to achieving the Building America goal of 30% whole-house source energy savings using packages adopted at the community scale, using building projects in Florida as a reference.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: January, 2006
Book presenting the best techniques for energy and resource efficient residential construction in the colder climates of North America.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
The Builder's Guide provides the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems in hot-humid climate regions.
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): Gates
Organization(s): BSC, NREL
Publication Date: January, 2013
Report describing a deep energy retrofit project for a two-family wood framed home located in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Author(s): Wright, Klingenberg
Organization(s): Passive House Institute US
Report on improving passive design adoption rates.
Author(s): Kochkin, Wiehagen
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: January, 2016

Part I of the Guide addresses walls constructed with 2x6 wood frame studs, wood structural panel (WSP) sheathing as exterior sheathing, gypsum board as interior sheathing, and a cladding system installed over WSP sheathing in low-rise residential buildings up to three stories in height. Walls with exterior board insulation are addressed in...

Author(s): Aldrich, Williamson
Organization(s): CARB
Publication Date: November, 2014
Research report anayzing the results of a large retrofit project, turining an old school into near zero energy consumption apartments in Greenfield MA.
Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: January, 2015
Part of a larger LBNL report (Deep Energy Retrofit Guidance for the Building America Solutions Center), the Occupant Behavior chapter discusses how to assess homeowner behavior patterns and use these patterns to enhance overall energy savings.
Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: January, 2015
Part of a larger LBNL report (Deep Energy Retrofit Guidance for the Building America Solutions Center), the Over Time, Phased Guidance chapter presents a phased approach to deep energy retrofits.
Author(s): Brennan, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: January, 2015
Part of a larger LBNL report (Deep Energy Retrofit Guidance for the Building America Solutions Center), the Reducing costs and Increasing Cost-Effectiveness chapter provides suggestions for controlling deep retrofit costs, including both 'do's' and 'don'ts.'
Author(s): Less, Walker
Organization(s): LBNL
Publication Date: January, 2015
Part of a larger LBNL report (Deep Energy Retrofit Guidance for the Building America Solutions Center), the Source Energy and Carbon Decisions chapter helps users carefully assess the impacts of switching from gas to electricity for heating end-uses, using source energy and/or carbon emissions assessments.
Author(s): NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: September, 2014
Website with prepopulated information about the United States renewable resources.
Author(s): Bianco, Wiehagen, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report that outlines steps of translating a new home construction scopes of work to scopes of work specifically for retrofits.

Author(s): Martin, Withers, McIlvaine, Chasar, Beal
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, FSEC
Publication Date: February, 2018

This report evaluates the performance of variable-capacity comfort systems, with a focus on inverter-driven, variable-capacity systems, as well as proposed system enhancements.

Author(s): Cummings, Parker, Sutherland
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: July, 2010
Report evaluating the accuracy of the regression technique used in 2006 by using the same least-squares regression analysis on data created from hourly energy simulation software.
Author(s): McIlvaine, Sutherland, Schleith, Chandra
Organization(s): FSEC, PNNL
Publication Date: August, 2010
Report about a building projects process including findings to date and highlights of the first home to meet the target HERS Index of 70.\
Author(s): Cullin, Xing, Lee, Spitler, Fisher
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2012
Journal article presenting a preliminary map detailing the feasibility of foundation heat exchangers in the US.
Author(s): Ueno, Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
Report to understand the long-term moisture performance of unvented roof assemblies with fibrous insulation.
Author(s): Ueno, Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
Report to understand the long-term moisture performance of unvented roof assemblies with fibrous insulation.
Author(s): Parker, Kono, Vieira, Fairey, Sherwin, Withers, Hoak, Beal
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, NREL
Publication Date: June, 2014
Research report assessing the moisture and cooling load impacts of airtightness and mechanical ventilation in homes in hot-humid climates.
Author(s): Baechler, Williamson, Gilbride, Cole, Hefty, Love
Organization(s): PNNL, ORNL
Publication Date: August, 2010
Report outlining climate designations by the Building America program, and compares these regions to the IECC climate zones.
Author(s): Hales
Organization(s): WSU Extension Energy Programs, PIRC
Publication Date: March, 2013
Report documenting short-term test results of the Shift House and compares the results of Passive House Planning Package and Building Energy Optimization modeling of the project.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: March, 2010

Building science insight into crawlspaces.

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): Rudd, Lstiburek, Eng, Ueno
Organization(s): BSC, NREL
Publication Date: February, 2005
Research study identifying the best performing, most energy-efficient and cost- effective techniques to provide controlled mechanical ventilation and humidity control in hot- humid climates with thermally efficient building envelopes.
Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB
Report on air-sealing programs for energy-efficiency retrofits.
Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB
Report on air-sealing programs for energy-efficiency retrofits.
Author(s): Zoeller, Williamson, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB
Report on hybrid ventilation methods for insulated and sealed crawl spaces.
Author(s): Zoeller, Williamson, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB
Report on hybrid ventilation methods for insulated and sealed crawl spaces.
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): Rudd
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: July, 2013
This document covers a description of the need and applied solutions for supplemental dehumidification in warm-humid climates, especially for energy efficient homes where the sensible cooling load has been dramatically reduced.
Author(s): McGeough, Baker, Peters, Beitel
Organization(s): PARR, NREL
Publication Date: November, 2012
Research study making several recommendations to whole-home program designers and implementers for improving the cost effectiveness and reach of whole-home programs.
Author(s): DOE
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2012
Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.