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

Guide providing information for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth.

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

Report telling consumers the risks of radon, how radon gets into a home, and steps consumers can take to reduce radon exposure in their homes.

Author(s): Bailes
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2013

Information sheet about unvented fireplaces and combustion safety.

Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: January, 2013

Standard providing nationally recognized, manufacturer-endorsed set of inspection tasks for HVAC maintenance.

Author(s): Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s): Health Canada
Publication Date: June, 2001

Document reporting results from a study done to evaluate effects of automotive emissions from attached garages on the indoor environment.

Author(s): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Organization(s): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Publication Date: January, 2013
Updated detailed information about Formaldehyde.
Author(s): American National Standards Institute, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
Organization(s): American National Standards Institute, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
Publication Date: January, 2009
Standard detailing the specific requirements for all face, back, and inner ply grades as well as formaldehyde emissions, moisture content, tolerances, sanding, and grade marking.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: July, 2017

EPA's website about asbestos.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2016

ASHRAE Standard 62.1 sets specifications and measures for ventilation system design and indoor air quality.

Author(s): ASTM International
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: March, 2013

Standard describing methods for installing radon mitigation systems in existing homes.

Author(s): Cooperative Extension Service
Organization(s): New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Publication Date: February, 2008

Web-based manual providing guidance for removal and preventing entry of nuisance wildlife.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation

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): Brand
Organization(s): PARR, Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date: March, 2013

Expert meeting about the best approach to combustion safety in a direct vent world.

Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: January, 2012
Standard describing a green labeling program for low VOC carpets.
Author(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date: October, 2014

This is a guide for establishing smoke-free policies in public housing and multifamily properties.

Author(s): Advanced Energy
Organization(s): Advanced Energy
Publication Date: July, 2005

This guide is an introduction to the design components, field implementation, code requirements, and measured performance of crawl space construction in central and eastern North Carolina.

Author(s): Department of Energy
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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2016

Report telling consumers how radon gets into a home and how to reduce radon entry into a home.

Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: July, 2011
Downloadable fact sheet covering carpet-related topics including Indoor Air Quality, Asthma and Allergy, Cleaning Products, and Environmental Sustainability.
Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: May, 2014
Standard describing a labeling program for carpet cushions.
Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): National Research Council Canada
Publication Date: March, 1969
Article discussing the causes of wood decay and moisture issues.
Author(s): Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Organization(s): Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Publication Date: May, 2007
Standard supporting indoor air quality performance by producers, purchasers and policy makers to improve the environmental performance of products and services.
Author(s): Singer, Delp, Apte
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2010

Report on the performance of range hood exhaust fans.

Author(s): Martin, Fenaughty, Parker
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: January, 2018

Report outlining how Smart ventilation controls (SVC) balance energy consumption, comfort, and IAQ by optimizing mechanical ventilation operation to reduce the heating and/or cooling loads, improve management of indoor moisture, and maintain IAQ equivalence according to ASHRAE 62.2.

Author(s): Harrington, Springer
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group

Report presenting the results from several demonstrations of a new method for sealing building envelop air leaks.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2014

Detailed information about Formaldehyde including health effects and strategies to reduce exposure.

Author(s): Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s): Health Canada
Publication Date: June, 2004

Results from a research program testing airtightness, implications of air leakage and contaminant reduction over the garage-to-house interface.

Author(s): Green Seal
Organization(s): Green Seal
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standards for paints and coatings.
Publication Date: January, 2009
Standard describing GREENGUARD Emission Criteria for use with GREENGUARD Certification Program for Low Emitting Products.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: August, 2009

Report about opportunities for ventilation when traditional methods are limited by weather conditions or by contaminants in the outdoor air.

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): 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: December, 2014

This publication provides a set of best practices for improving indoor air quality in conjunction with energy upgrade work in homes.

Author(s): Aspen Publishers
Organization(s): Aspen Publishers
Publication Date: January, 2000
Report with information for builders and retrofitters to help eliminate hazards and coincidental energy losses that come from attached garages.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Companion document to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications, providing guidance on identifying compliant products, including industry databases and examples of product labeling.

Author(s): Karagiozis
Organization(s): ORNL, Advanced Energy
Publication Date: June, 2005
Report outlining results from a 2005 hygrothermal pilot study in the South.
Author(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Organization(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Publication Date: January, 2008

Book providing project management guidance in maintaining satisfactory indoor air quality (IAQ) of occupied buildings undergoing renovation or construction.

Author(s): Insulated Concrete Forms Association
Organization(s): Insulated Concrete Forms Association
Publication Date: January, 2008
Document with information on preventing termites when using ICFs.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2006

Report discussing the importance of durability and energy efficiency in building construction.

Author(s): Less, Mullen, Singer, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Document outlining specifications that were developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize new homes equipped with a comprehensive set of indoor air quality (IAQ) features.

Author(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Organization(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Publication Date: August, 2017

Website providing information about rodents and how to prevent rodent entry in homes.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: March, 2013

Source for information about Carbon Monoxide including health effects and measures to reduce exposure.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2010

EPA’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule (as amended in 2010 and 2011), aims to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities.

Author(s): Hart
Organization(s): ASHI Reporter
Publication Date: April, 2009

Article describing how to properly manage condensing HVAC equipment.

Author(s): Rose, Francisco, Merrin
Organization(s): PARR, Indoor Climate Research and Training, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Report on the impact of air sealing between the foundation and the living space on radon transport reduction across the foundation and living space floor assembly at fifteen home.

Author(s): US Gypsum Company
Organization(s): US Gypsum Company
Publication Date: January, 2007
Brochure discussing specific practices for mitigating moisture and mold during the construction process.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2010

Building science insight into crawlspaces.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): NFPA
Publication Date: January, 2015

Standard containing requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) detection and warning equipment intended to protect lives by warning occupants of the presence of CO in sufficient time to allow occupants to escape or take other appropriate action.

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