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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): Forest Products Laboratory
Organization(s): USDA
Publication Date: January, 2010
Report summarizing information on wood as an engineering material, and presents properties of wood and wood-based products of particular concern to the architect and engineer.
Author(s): City of Davis California
Organization(s): City of Davis California
A report describing proper retrofit techniques regarding air sealing and ventilation.
Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: April, 2009

Information sheet discussing the differences between homeowner energy consumption trends in highly efficient homes.

Author(s): Dakin, Backman, Hoeschele, German
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: November, 2012

Report evaluating performance/efficiency of central heat pump water heaters and quality assurance/quality control processes in system startup, operation and efficiency program participation.

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): American Plywood Association
Organization(s): American Plywood Association
Publication Date: May, 2010
Standard that provides expanded and updated requirements for producing, marketing, and specifying plywood for construction and industrial uses.
Author(s): Herderson, Dentz, Doty
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: July, 2013

Research study developed and verified a fuel oil flow field measurement protocol that is cost effective and can be performed with little training for use by the BB program as well as other weatherization programs and building science researchers.

Author(s): Tabares-Velasco, Christensen, Bianchi, Booten
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: July, 2012
Report summarizing NRELs efforts to develop diagnostic test cases to conduct accurate energy simulations when phase change materials (PCMs) are modeled in residential buildings.
Author(s): Fang, Winkler, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: March, 2011

Document presenting analysis results, focusing on relative humidity (RH) excursions, which are defined as unique events of indoor RH above a threshold.

Author(s): Judkoff, Neymark
Organization(s): J. Neymark & Associates, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2013

Research study describing research underway to better understand building thermal energy modeling tools.

Author(s): Christian, Kosny
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: March, 1996

Report proposing a procedure for estimating the whole opaque wall R-value (whole-wall R-value), independent of system type and construction materials.

Author(s): Doyle
Organization(s): BIRA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2012

Research study identifying barriers, industry status, critical obstacles to documenting added value from energy efficiency improvements, current opportunities to support reporting about energy efficiency, and next steps toward enabling energy efficiency financing market transformation.

Author(s): Cautley, Viner, Lord, Pearce
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report using data from various sources to characterize the impact on human health and property damage from indoor environmental quality and other hazards.

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

Document about NREL's repository of residential building characteristics and historical energy use data, used to improve accuracy of residential energy analysis tools.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: January, 2012

Document about development of a new test procedure to increase the quality and accuracy of energy analysis tools for the building retrofit market.

Author(s): Ridouane
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: January, 2012
Document about development of models for evaluating thermal performance of walls in existing homes that will improve the accuracy of building energy simulation tools when predicting potential energy savings of existing homes.
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): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2012

Report describing findings from research related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies that have made the decision to transition to whole house performance contracting (WHPC).

Author(s): Taggart, Sikora, Wiehagen, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Research study providing a comparison of selected retrofit activity typically done, versus that same retrofit activity approached from an integrated high performance remodeling and quality management perspective.

Author(s): Berman, Smith, Porse
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: December, 2012

Document targeting retrofit program managers, retrofit contractors, policy makers, academic researchers, and non-governmental organizations that work to realize energy savings from home energy upgrades (HEUs).

Author(s): Lukachko, Gates, Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2011

Document identifying differences between the requirements for construction documents for high performance housing and the documents that are typically produced for conventional housing.

Author(s): Colon, Parker
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: June, 2010
Report comparing the performance of seven differing types of residential water heating systems in a side-by-side test configuration over a full year period.
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): Taggart, Sikora, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report designed to help a builder understand quality management and its role in transitioning from conventional to HPH building and remodeling.

Author(s): Lstiburek, Eng, Pettit
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2008

Document outlining the approach to quality assurance in the construction process as recommended by Building Science Corporation for new residential construction.

Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2008

Report discussing development of scopes of work and quality management for builders in mixed-humid climates.

Author(s): RESNET
Organization(s): RESNET
Publication Date: January, 2013

RESNET standards aimed to ensure that accurate and consistent home energy ratings are performed by accredited home energy rating providers through their raters nationwide.

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

Report discussing the importance of durability and energy efficiency in building construction.

Author(s): Cutler, Winkler, Kruis, Christensen, Brandemuehl
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Colorado
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report presenting improved air conditioner (AC) and heat pump (HP) modeling methods in the context of whole-building simulation tools.

Author(s): Moyer, Stroer
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: December, 2007
Report summarizing approaches to addressing duct leakage in hot humid climates.
Author(s): Springer, German
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group

Report on on lessons learned from building one multifamily home to the Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements.

Author(s): Fang, Christensen, Barker, Hancock
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mountain Energy Partnership
Publication Date: June, 2011

Report describing a simple and general way to generate a House Simulation Protocol (HSP)-consistent internal sensible and latent loads in unoccupied homes.

Author(s): Berman, Springer, Smith, Prose
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: February, 2013

Expert meeting on the topic of performance guarantees and financing vehicles for energy efficiency upgrades.

Author(s): Judkoff, Polly, Bianchi, Neymark
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2010

Document providing an example procedure for establishing acceptance-range criteria to assess results from software undergoing BESTEST-EX.

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): Cummings, Parker, Sutherland
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: July, 2010
Report evaluating the accuracy of the regression technique used in 2006 by using the same least-squares regression analysis on data created from hourly energy simulation software.
Author(s): Robertson, Polly, Collis
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2013

Research study simulation adapting and applies the general framework described in Building Energy Simulation Test for Existing Homes for self-testing residential building energy model calibration methods.

Author(s): ZERH
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2019

Checklist describing solar water heating recommendations per the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program. 

Author(s): ZERH
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2019

Checklist for the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program Requirements Mandatory Requirement 7 (Renewable Ready). 

Author(s): Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report identifying business models for the remodeling industry that foster remodelers adoption of energy efficiency services.

Author(s): Neymark, Roberts
Organization(s): J. Neymark & Associates, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2013

Report describing the progress toward and issues related to developing a usable, standardized, empirical data-based software accuracy test suite.

Author(s): Parker, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2009
Two hourly energy simulation software, BEopt and Energy Gauge USA, were compared to ensure accuracy and evaluate agreement on the impact of various energy efficiency improvements.
Author(s): Herk, Beggs
Organization(s): IBACOS

Report outlining the steps developers can take to create high-performance standards on a community-wide scale.

Author(s): Wright, Klingenberg
Organization(s): Passive House Institute US
Report on improving passive design adoption rates.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2008

Document with the Quality Control Checklist developed as both a guide to assist in the transition to high performance home building, and as a simplified tool to be used as part of any builder's on-site quality control procedures.

Author(s): Judkoff, Polly, Bianchi, Neymark
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2010

Document providing an example procedure for establishing acceptance-range criteria to assess results from software undergoing BESTEST-EX.

Author(s): Judkoff, Neymark, Polly
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Document about testing software predictions of retrofit energy savings in existing homes.

Author(s): Werling
Organization(s): CCEI
Report presenting the building america research to market plan.
Author(s): Hendron, Anderson, Judkoff, Christensen, Eastment, Norton, Reeves, Hancock
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Partnership for Resource Conservation, Mountain Energy Partnership
Publication Date: June, 2004

Document illustrating some analysis concepts that are proven to be effective and reliable in analyzing the transient energy usage of advanced energy systems as well as of entire houses.

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