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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: January, 2013

Information sheet outlining the criteria for ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights.

Author(s): German, Bell, Dakin, Hoeschele
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report assessing the performance and cost-effectiveness of a zero net energy community project in Davis, CA.

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

Resource that establishes the criteria for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: February, 2011

Guide describing details that serve as a visual reference for each of the line items in the Water Management System Builder Checklist.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: March, 2016

Information sheet with the Waste Reduction Model (WARM), designed to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from several different waste management practices.

Author(s): Colon, VonThoma
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2017

This report documents the process and outcomes involved in achieving the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program certification standards while helping homebuilders in Climate Zones 5 and 6 in the Upper Midwest achieve ZERH certification.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2008

Report discussing Building America whole house systems research within the broad effort to reduce or eliminate the environmental impact of building and provides specific recommendations for future Building America research based on Building Science Corporations experience with several recent projects involving green home building programs.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2011

Guide describing details that serve as a visual reference for each of the line items in the Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2008

Document providing an overview of the Thermal Bypass Checklist for the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes program.

Author(s): Puttagunta, Aldrich, Owens, Vijayakumar
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2007

Report presenting results from whole-house monitoring efforts in hope that they may be useful for other moving towards zero energy homes.

Author(s): Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Organization(s): Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Publication Date: June, 2010

Even as the worst housing market correction in more than 60 years appeared to turn a corner in 2009, the fallout from sharply lower home prices and high unemployment continued.

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): Prahl
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Document serving as a starting point that features initial tools and resources for teams to start collaborating to continually improve the energy efficiency and durability of new houses.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: May, 2011

Specifications to assist builders in designing and constructing homes equipped with a set of features that make the installation of solar energy systems after the completion of the home’s construction easier and less expensive.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2011

The RERH specifications and checklists take a builder and a project design team through the steps of assessing a home’s solar resource potential and defining the minimum structural and system components needed to support a solar energy system.

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

Website tool intended to guide home builders in assessing whether a new home has the proper physical orientation to support a future installation of a solar energy system.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2011

The RERH specifications and checklists take a builder and a project design team through the steps of assessing a home’s solar resource potential and defining the minimum structural and system components needed to support a solar energy system.

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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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): Springer, German
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group

Report on on lessons learned from building one multifamily home to the Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements.

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

Website with information about ENERGY STAR criteria for geothermal heat pumps.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

ENERGY STAR lightbulb criteria.

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

This report is designed to meet ASHRAE 62.2-2010/2013 and ANSI/ACCA’s 5 QI-2015 protocol, thereby improving the performance of HVAC equipment in new homes when compared to homes built to minimum code.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: September, 2018

Webpage with links to documents providing the program requirements and checklists for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes (Ver. 3/3.1, Rev. 09).

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

Standard document containing the rater checklists and national program requirements for ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, Version 3 (Rev. 7).

Author(s): ADM Associates, Texas A&M University, FSEC, University of Nebraska, LBNL
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: March, 2007

Research project addressing low-cost options that reduce monthly energy costs and improve the quality of life by enhancing comfort levels in low-income homes.

Author(s): EIA
Organization(s): EIA
Publication Date: June, 2016

Federal statistics about national energy consumption in residential homes.

Author(s): ZERH
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2019

Checklist describing solar water heating recommendations per the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program. 

Author(s): U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2019

Standard requirements for DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home national program certification.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2017

Resource that provides a directory of products that meet WaterSense program requirements. 

Author(s): Parker, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2009
Two hourly energy simulation software, BEopt and Energy Gauge USA, were compared to ensure accuracy and evaluate agreement on the impact of various energy efficiency improvements.
Author(s): Engelmann, Roth, Tiefenbeck
Organization(s): Fraunhofer CSE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report documenting the results of an in-depth evaluation of thermal comfort for two potential net zero-energy homes (NZEHs) in Massachusetts.

Author(s): Wright, Klingenberg
Organization(s): Passive House Institute US
Report on improving passive design adoption rates.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2008

Document with the Quality Control Checklist developed as both a guide to assist in the transition to high performance home building, and as a simplified tool to be used as part of any builder's on-site quality control procedures.

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): Cole, Halverson
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2013

Guidance document providing BA research teams and partners with specific information and approaches to identifying and overcoming potential barriers to Building America (BA) innovations arising in and/or stemming from codes, standards, and rating methods.

Author(s): Baechler, Bartlett, Gilbride
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2009

Document providing guidance to U.S. home builders who want to accept the challenge.

Author(s): Stratton
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: April, 2013

Document highlighting federal accessibility laws which may apply to a housing development, and common mistakes made in the field which, if avoided, will help to ensure compliance.

Author(s): Sagan, Bianco, Wood
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report assessing the energy performance of the 2011 EVHA winners and to align the EVHA program with the BA program.