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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): Bailes
Organization(s): Energy Vanguard
Publication Date: December, 2010

Article describing products that can enhance the efficiency and safety of clothes dryer vents.

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): The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
Organization(s): The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
Publication Date: July, 2015
View the APSP/ANSI Standards and codes below to get information about ANSI specifications for pools, spa and hot tubs.
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): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2017

DOE's consumer information about energy and laundry.

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

ENERGY STAR clothes dryer buying guidance for consumers.

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

ENERGY STAR criteria for clothes dryers.

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

The ENERGY STAR criteria for clothes washers.

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

ENERGY STAR Key product criteria for dishwashers.

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

Table of criteria for pool pumps to achieve ENERGY STAR certification.

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

The ENERGY STAR criteria for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers.

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

EPA's market report about residential clothes dryers.

Author(s): Rice
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2015

Blog post about heat pump clothes dryers.

Author(s): McCullough, Gordon
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2002

Report discussing the potential energy savings of new high-efficiency downlights, and the results of product testing to date.

Author(s): Hoak, Parker, Hermelink
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2008
Report about measurements of three recent vintage dishwashers of very different efficiencies showing that while they are substantially more efficient than older dishwashers.
Author(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: January, 2011

Report providing information about techniques and approaches to improve the efficiency of recessed lighting.

Author(s): Nich, Gromicko
Organization(s): International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Publication Date: March, 2018

Article describing the correct installation of clothes dryer exhaust ducts.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: July, 2018

You can save energy and maintain a comfortable swimming pool temperature by using a smaller, higher efficiency pump and by operating it less.

Author(s): Bailes
Organization(s): Energy Vanguard
Publication Date: April, 2011
Information sheet discussing the downside to recessed can lights.
Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2017

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. 

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2013

Information about LED lighting technology.

Author(s): EnergySaver
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2017

Webpage describing high-efficiency lighting choices for homeowners including LEDs, CFLs, and halogen bulbs.

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

Factsheet with information on energy efficient pool pumps.

Author(s): Hunt, Easley
Organization(s): BARA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Media
Publication Date: May, 2012

Research study showing that for a relatively small investment, a variable speed pool pump can reduce pool pump energy use by 50% to 75%.

Author(s): Martin, Sutherland, Parker
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2016

Repor ourlining testing results from a 53 home monitored sample, long-term energy use of electric resistance clothes dryers.

Author(s): Owrth, Ludovici, Joyce, Fernstrom
Organization(s): California Investor-owned Utilities
Publication Date: July, 2013

This CASE report proposes updates and revisions to the standards for residential swimming pool filtration pumps, new and replacement single phase pump motors under 5 horsepower (HP), controllers, portable electric spas as well as expanding the scope of the current standards to include light emitting diode (LED) pool lighting.

Author(s): ENERGY STAR
Organization(s): ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: December, 2017

Information about recycling CFL lightbulbs.

Author(s): FDA
Organization(s): FDA
Publication Date: November, 2017

When it comes to protecting yourself and your family from foodborne illness, one of your most effective tools is the kitchen refrigerator. 

Author(s): California Energy Commission
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: June, 2016

This report discusses proposed updates to the pool pumps and motors, and portable electric spas standards in the Appliance Efficiency Regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601 to 1609). These proposed updates are part of the 2012 Appliance Efficiency Rulemaking, Phase I (Docket #15-AAER-02).

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

ENERGY STAR pool volume calculator in a spreadsheet format.

Author(s): Holton
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Document offering methods to greatly reduce lighting energy use through the application of high quality fluorescent and light emitting diode (LED) technologies.

Author(s): Pierce
Organization(s): IAEI
Publication Date: July, 2001

Article on thermal protectors in recessed light fixtures.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2013

Website with consumer information about various types of lighting.

Author(s): Lutron
Organization(s): Lutron
Publication Date: October, 2014
Website discusses differences between CFL and LED bulbs.