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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): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2012

Fact sheet describing principles of insulating steam distribution and condensate return lines as an effective way to prevent energy loss.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2010

Information sheet with tools for estimating payback of adding additional insulation to your house.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2011

Document providing supplemental information for code enforcement professionals about header hangers in bearing walls.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 2011

Document providing supplemental information for code enforcement professionals about headers in nonbearing walls.

Author(s): Aldrich, Arena, Zoeller
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 2010
Document with information about the most practical methods to achieve whole-wall performance of R-30 or above.
Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2015

Department of Energy's website describing radiant barriers in homes.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: September, 2011

Information sheet with the definition and uses for a raised truss.

Author(s): Lubliner, Ueno, Burkett
Organization(s): Washington State University Extension Energy Program, DOE
Publication Date: July, 2019

Report describing the costs, benefits, and challenges of attic insulation retrofits in HUD-code manufactured homes. 

Author(s): Southface Energy Institute, ORNL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: November, 1999
Brochure with information for homeowners about the benefits of air sealing.
Author(s): Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2000
Brochure describing insulation approaches for homes with slab-on-grade floors.
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): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2012

Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2012

Information sheet explaining how weatherstripping can be an easy and cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts.