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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): Bailey
Organization(s): Bailey Engineering Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2014
Case study about high humidity, mold and condensation on surfaces in S. Florida, and how building characteristics cause and amplify these problems.
Author(s): Ojczyk, Murry, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2014

Research report describing study of interior and exterior air sealing techniques to stop ice dams in five 1.5-story retrofit homes conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Murry, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2014

Research report describing study of interior and exterior air sealing techniques to stop ice dams in five 1.5-story retrofit homes conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Seifert
Organization(s): University of Alaska
Publication Date: January, 2003
Document describing approaches to energy efficiency and moisture considerations for roofs in northern climates.
Author(s): Yost
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: December, 2014
Article describing different kinds of water-resistant backer boards.
Author(s): Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2002

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Author(s): Hammer & Hand
Organization(s): Hammer & Hand
Publication Date: February, 2018

This Best Practices Manual is the product of Hammer & Hand’s ongoing work to document and internally codify our standard operating procedures for construction practice.

Author(s): Zuluaga
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: July, 2006
Document explaining why a vapor retarder that changes permeability with changing relative humidity provides added protection against moisture problems in exterior walls.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2008

Research study discussing how housewraps restrict or permit the passage of water molecules based on size, but cannot control the direction in which the water vapor molecules move.

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

Information guide describing issues with concrete floors, in multiple climate zones.

Author(s): Lsibturek, Joseph
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2014
Article describing correct ways to eliminate water damage by incorporating a sacrificial layer to foundation walls and footings.
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): Baker
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2008

Research study about key sustainability concepts, durability, energy efficiency and new flood resistant design.

Author(s): Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: February, 2011

This report will review, and summarize the current state of understanding and research into enclosures with higher thermal resistance, so-called “High-R Enclosures.” Recommendations are provided for further research.

Author(s): Ueno, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2011

Report about the fundamental concepts that must be understood at the planning or initial nspection of existing homes regarding surface and ground water management.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure providing information about flashing.

Author(s): Portland Cement Association
Organization(s): Portland Cement Association
Publication Date: January, 2012
Document discussing moisture considerations and testing techniques for concrete floors.
Author(s): Wilson
Organization(s): National Research Council Canada
Publication Date: May, 1960
Document about condensation between the panes, on the inside surface of the outer glass of double pane windows.
Author(s): Aldrich, Williamson
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
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): Baker
Organization(s): National Research Council Canada
Publication Date: March, 1969
Article discussing the causes of wood decay and moisture issues.
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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure describing drainage planes and water resistant barriers.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: April, 2015

Case study describing foundation wall moisture studies at a research facility in Minnesota run by Building America team NorthernSTAR.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: April, 2015
Case study describing foundation wall moisture studies at a research facility in Minnesota run by Building America team NorthernSTAR.
Author(s): Department of Energy
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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2011

Document outlining building science principles about air flow, heat flow and moisture flow in homes.

Author(s): Simpson
Organization(s): USDA
Publication Date: January, 1998
Report using relative humidity and temperature data from NOAA to measure average equilibrium moisture content for each month of the year in 262 locations in the United States and 122 locations outside the United States.
Author(s): Woods, Winkler, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Research study examining the effective moisture penetration depth (EMPD) model and its suitability for building simulations.

Author(s): Mosiman, Wagner, Schirber
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: February, 2013

Research study searching for combinations of existing technologies that could enable a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: September, 2014

Case study describing novel technique for installing exterior spray foam on foundation walls that uses high-pressure water sprayer and a “hydro vac” to remove dirt along the foundation wall.

Author(s): Ueno, Van Straaten
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Expert Meeting about interior insulation retrofit of mass masonry wall assemblies held on July 30, 2011.

Author(s): Parker, Kono, Vieira, Fairey, Sherwin, Withers, Hoak, Beal
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
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): Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Publication Date: August, 2011
Standard specifying a water-resistant fluid-applied air and vapor barrier in exterior wall assemblies.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Information sheet about groundwater control.

Author(s): Grin, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: September, 2014

Measure Guideline research report providing simple, long term, and durable solutions when using tapes and flashing membranes in conjunction with the exterior face of rigid polymeric foam sheathing to create the drainage plane of a wall system.

Author(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Organization(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Publication Date: November, 2008

Report about indoor air quality related to indoor mold growth.

Author(s): Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study presenting results of an existing home monitoring project designed to measure wall cavity moisture characteristics.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: June, 2012
Blog entry describing methods for insulating basement walls on the interior or exterior.
Author(s): Smegal, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report exploring four questions to determine the level of risk associated with adding drained exterior insulation to the exterior of an existing home during an energy retrofit.

Author(s): Broniek
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2004

Report presenting system design packages for cold and mixed-humid climates.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Information sheet describing techniques for insulating basements.

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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2005

Report with guidance for installing windows with foam sheathing on wood-frame walls.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2013

Brochure about indoor water management.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure about indoor water management.

Author(s): Kosar
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date: December, 2016

Report targeting the growing number of homes utilizing deep retrofit measures and new construction practices to realize sufficiently lower infiltration levels that require mechanical ventilation as prescribed by ASHRAE Standard 62.2.

Author(s): Winkler, Christensen, Tomerlin
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Report documenting the measured performance of six residential ENERGY STAR vapor compression dehumidifiers.

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

Article describing how to properly manage condensing HVAC equipment.

Author(s): Cummings, Withers, Martin, Moyer
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report focusing on managing the driving forces that move air and water vapor across the building envelope.

Author(s): Pettit, Neuhauser, Gates
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2013

Guidebook providing useful examples of high performance retrofit techniques for the building enclosure of wood frame residential construction in a cold and somewhat wet climate.

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