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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): Vinyl Siding Institute
Organization(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
Publication Date: March, 2017

Publication with installation guidance for vinyl siding.

Author(s): ABTCO Vinyl Siding
Organization(s): ABTCO Vinyl Siding
Publication Date: April, 2016

Vinyl siding estimating and installation guide for vinyl siding products.

Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI, Home Innovation Research Labs

Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.

Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI
Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.
Author(s): APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Organization(s): APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Publication Date: January, 2014
Detailed guide to advanced framing, a system of construction framing techniques designed to optimize material usage and increase energy efficiency.
Author(s): NAHB, Southface Energy Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NAHB, Southface Energy Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2002

Information sheet about advanced wall framing.

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

Brochure about creating an air barrier by sealing drywall assemblies.

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

Brochure about creating an air barrier at tub, shower and fireplace walls.

Author(s): Van der Meer
Organization(s): Pennsylvania Housing Research/Resource Center
Publication Date: May, 2002

Recessed lighting is here to stay. If installed incorrectly they may contribute to air leakage and compromise building integrity.

Author(s): Dentz, Conlin
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: October, 2012

Research study identifying common air leakage pathways in one type of low-rise multifamily building common in mixed-humid climates.

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

Brochure about air sealing windows.

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): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: July, 2011

Website article interviewing the inventor of the Larsen truss, a history of its use, and a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: September, 2013

Article about different types of weather resistant barrier.

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

Report on adding insulation to load-bearing mass masonry buildings.

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

Report covering moisture and leakage issues associated with spray foam insulation application to the underside of roof sheathing.

Author(s): VonThoma, Ojczyk, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: April, 2013
Report focused on foundation insulation R-values for cold climates and the design, construction, and performance implications.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2018

Specification covering the standard requirements for application of full thickness Portland cement-based plaster for exterior (stucco) and interior work.

Author(s): American Society for Testing and Materials
Organization(s): American Society for Testing and Materials
Publication Date: January, 2011
Standard covering the minimum performance and acceptance criteria for an air barrier material or system for framed walls of low-rise buildings with the service life of the building wall in mind.
Author(s): American Society for Testing and Materials
Organization(s): American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2007

Standard covering the installation of fenestration products in new and existing construction.

Author(s): American Society for Testing and Materials
Organization(s): American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2018

Standard covering the installation of fenestration products in new and existing construction.

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

Document providing background and approach for the prep work necessary prior to adding attic insulation - focusing on combustion safety, ventilation for indoor air quality, and attic ventilation for durability.

Author(s): Mallay, Kochkin
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: March, 2018

This report outlines research activities that are expected to facilitate the adoption of energy retrofits by remodeling contractors and roofing contractors using retrofit panels. The results of this research will be applicable to many existing house designs in most climates and markets. The potential energy savings impact of this technology...

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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2002

Report describing approaches to insulating basements in homes built to meet Energy Star.

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): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2015

Strategies to control ice dams from forming on residential buildings during winter.

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

Article describing correct ways to apply insulation to existing attics.

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

A book about structurally insulated panels.

Author(s): Baechler, Adams, Hefty, Gilbride, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2012

Guide to help contractors and homeowners identify ways to make homes more comfortable, more energy efficient, and healthier to live in.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Williamson, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2010

Report identifying the steps to take, with the help of a qualified home performance contractor, to seal unwanted air leaks while ensuring healthy levels of ventilation and avoiding sources of indoor air pollution.

Author(s): Baechler, Adams, Hefty, Gilbride, Love
Organization(s): PNNL, ORNL
Publication Date: May, 2013
Document providing descriptions of the many insulation options available to homeowners, along with guidance on where, when, and how to install insulation throughout your house.
Author(s): Smegal, Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: August, 2013

Research study describing a number of promising foundation and basement insulation strategies that can meet the requirement for better thermal control in colder climates while enhancing moisture control, health, and comfort.

Author(s): Lstiburek, Grin
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2010

Report investigating implementation of advanced framing in both production and prototype built homes built in a variety of climate regions across the USA.

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): Straube, Smegal
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2009

Report considers a number of promising wall systems that can meet the requirement for better thermal control.

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

Presentation about advanced framing techniques.

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

Website providing CAD files and drawings of advanced framing details.

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

Information sheets containing plans and details for advanced framing.

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

Report detaining advanced framing techniques, including discussion of cost and energy savings.

Author(s): Morley
Organization(s): The Taunton Press
An online learning management resource for the construction community.
Author(s): Advanced Energy
Organization(s): Advanced Energy
Publication Date: March, 2002
Information sheet containing images and descriptions of cantilevers.
Author(s): Southface Energy Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Organization(s): Southface Energy Institute, ORNL
Publication Date: February, 2000

Information sheet with information about insulating and ventilating attics.

Author(s): Knox, Widder
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2013

Report recording the results of a field study conducted in a single historic home in Seattle, Washington, to document the performance of Indow Windows' interior storm window inserts.

Author(s): Jackson
Organization(s): Journal of Light Construction
Publication Date: October, 1997
Document providing guidance about choosing the correct caulk for a project.
Author(s): Baker, Lepage
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2014

Report on the stability of furring strips as a means for cladding attachment over walls with thick exterior rigid insulation.

Author(s): Kosny, Fallahi, Shukla
Organization(s): Fraunhofer CSE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Research study investigating the energy performance and cost effectiveness of several state-of-the-art retrofit strategies that could be used in residential houses in the Boston and New England area.

Author(s): Goldberg, Steigauf
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: April, 2013
Research study about an experimental and theoretical investigation of the energy and hygrothermal performance of retrofit foundation insulation systems in climate zones 6 and 7.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure explaining the essential basis for advanced framing and some of the more common advanced framing details.

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