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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): University of Minnesota
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: January, 1998
Information sheet about the moisture properties of wood.
Publication Date: May, 2012
Manual showing how to properly use grass swales to manage excess water runoff.
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): Smegal, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

Report summarizing current research, summarizes issues that have been experienced with current best practices, and recommends ways in which the best practices can be improved for water managing sheathings.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2007

Document providing guidance on water management concepts and applications.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2003

Document outlining a well-detailed drainage plane and flashings.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2010

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

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

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota

Presentation for residential energy efficiency stakeholder meeting.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2006

Information sheet describing the function of a vapor barrier, and methods to retard the migration of water vapor.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2006

Guide providing information about controlling rainwater through use of drainage planes.

Author(s): National Roofing Contractors Association
Organization(s): National Roofing Contractors Association
Publication Date: December, 2006

NRCA's premier technical publication gives you the most current and useful technical information in the roofing industry.

Author(s): Hanley-Wood
Organization(s): Journal of Light Construction
A field guide with residential construction best practices.
Author(s): Aldrich, Zuluaga
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: January, 2006

Research study exploring how effective interior insulation systems are at keeping basements dry and warm.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: September, 2015

This TechNote provides an overview of building code requirements and best practices for flashing at window and door frames.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: March, 2016

Case study about a structural sheathing product composed of enhanced EPS rigid foam with OSB adhered on one side.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: November, 2014
This case study describes the External Thermal and Moisture Management System developed by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership for retrofitting roofs with rigid foam over the roof deck, especially on one and a half-story homes.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2014

Case study about how to properly tape insulating sheathing drainage planes.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: December, 2014

This case study describes costs associated with the External Thermal and Moisture Management System developed by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership for retrofitting roofs with rigid foam over the roof deck, especially on one and a half-story homes.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: December, 2014

This case study describes costs associated with the External Thermal and Moisture Management System developed by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership for retrofitting roofs with rigid foam over the roof deck, especially on one and a half-story homes.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2000

Brochure with information about how to select and install house wrap and other weather-resistive barriers.

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

Research study that utilizes EnergyPlus equipped with the moisture capacitance model to analyze the indoor relative humidity in three home types.

Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2009

Document describing issues of wind pressure resistance in walls with exterior rigid foam sheathing installed directly over framing members.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: September, 1999

Document describing correct construction of swales, designed to trap particulate pollutants (suspended solids and trace metals), promote infiltration, and reduce the flow velocity of storm water runoff.

Author(s): Rietz
Organization(s): USDA
Publication Date: September, 1978
Document providing information on correct storage techniques for lumber to manage moisture.
Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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): Zhong
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: September, 2009

Report describing a comparison of hydrothermal performances of DryRightTM fiberglass batts and kraft-faced fiberglass batts in a south facing wall assembly with a moisture storage cladding material.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

How hard can it be to insulate a flat sheet of concrete? I mean you only have three choices – on the top, on the bottom, or on the edge. OK, you might have some combination of the three as well.

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

Information sheet designed for the residential construction and remodeling industries, as well as owners and managers of affordable housing, that presenting building guidance for both new construction and rehabilitation, as well as practices that can be used by property maintenance personnel.

Author(s): Lstiburek, Brennan
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2006

Information sheet explaining how cleaning and maintenance of homes affects the indoor air quality.

Author(s): Lstiburek, Brennan
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
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): Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2006

Document covering basic moisture control principles in the design of above-grade building enclosures; driving rain as a moisture load on walls; a classification system of the various rain control strategies available for walls; and good design practises for walls.

Author(s): FEMA
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: November, 2009

Report that addresses flood, wind and seismic hazards and recommends several multi-hazard resistant foundation designs of manufactured homes.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: September, 2008
Standard providing guidance on how to best design buildings with adequate moisture control features.
Author(s): Ojczyk, Mosiman, Huelman, Schirber, Yost, Murry
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: April, 2013

Research report describing study of exterior retrofit approach for air sealing, insulating, and water management conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Mosiman, Huelman, Schirber, Yost, Murry
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: April, 2013

Research report describing study of exterior retrofit approach for air sealing, insulating, and water management conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Davis
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding Magazine
An article about double-hung windows.
Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2010

Information sheet about mold mitigation.

Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2010

Fact sheet describing causes and prevention of mold in buildings.

Author(s): Robbins, Morrell
Organization(s): Western Wood Products Association
Publication Date: January, 2006
Document addressing common questions about moisture, mold and wood.
Author(s): Straube, Smegal, Smith
Organization(s): University of Waterloo, Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2010

Document describing a hygrothermal modeling study, including all of the US climate zones, a range of interior humidity levels and numerous arrangements and types of insulation.

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): Lepage, Schumacher, Lukachko
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2013

Report explaining moisture-related concerns for high R-value wall assemblies and discusses past Building America research work that informs this study.

Author(s): Lepage, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: September, 2013

Report about exterior sheathing insulation and inward driven moisture issues.

Author(s): Grin, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report describing the work conducted for high performance hybrid assemblies.

Author(s): Dickson
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: December, 2011
Report covering the fundamental waterproofing strategies for tub and shower assemblies.

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