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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): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2010

Research study describing demonstration homes that provided a wealth of information for the building community in terms of the science, effort, and cost of increasing the energy efficiency of our nations housing stock.

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

Factsheet describing the importance of system charging, superheat and subcooling.

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

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

Author(s): Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Organization(s): Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Publication Date: June, 2010

Even as the worst housing market correction in more than 60 years appeared to turn a corner in 2009, the fallout from sharply lower home prices and high unemployment continued.

Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): ACCA
Publication Date: January, 2010

The Technician's Guide equips practitioners with the knowledge to properly implement all of the measurement procedures required in the HVAC QI Specification.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2010
Test method providing a rapid means of determining the steady-state thermal transmission properties of thermal insulations and other materials with a high level of accuracy when the apparatus has been calibrated appropriately.
Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): https://www.astm.org/Standards/E779.htm
Publication Date: February, 2010

This test method measures air-leakage rates through a building envelope under controlled pressurization and de-pressurization.

Author(s): Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control
Organization(s): California Department of Public Health (CDHP)
Publication Date: February, 2010
Detailed requirements for testing, exposure modeling, and allowable limits for modeled indoor air concentrations.
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): Coble
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: January, 2010

Article describing how insulating and air sealing unfinished attic spaces can lead to reduced energy bills in some homes.

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

Report identifying steps to seal unwanted air leaks while ensuring healthy levels of ventilation and avoiding sources of indoor air pollution.

Author(s): Spitler, Xing, Cullin, Fisher, Shonder, Im
Organization(s): Oklahoma State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2010

Paper covering a parametric study of foundation heat exchanger-based ground source heat pump systems for several house configurations in a range of European locations, with an emphasis on determining feasible combinations.

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

Presentation providing information about correctly installing ductwork in new and existing homes.

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

Information sheet describing refrigerant charge.

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): Parker, Hoak, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2010
Report briefly reviewing past research and describes a two year pilot evaluation of a low cost residential energy feedback system installed in twenty case study homes in Florida.
Author(s): Sherwin, Colon, Parker, Martin
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: December, 2010
Paper examining the monitored performance of four newly constructed near zero energy homes in Florida.
Author(s): National Fenestration Rating Council
Organization(s): National Fenestration Rating Council
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standard for determining fenestration attachment product SHGC and visible transmittance.
Author(s): National Fenestration Rating Council
Organization(s): National Fenestration Rating Council
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standard providing a procedure for determining fenestration attachment product U-factors.
Author(s): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2010

Information sheet about mold mitigation.

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): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: November, 2010

If your kitchen has a powerful exhaust fan, it may be pulling air down your chimney or water-heater flue.

Author(s): Fonorow, Jenkins, Thomas-Rees, Chandra
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: October, 2010
Document presenting a cost effective method that was used by four builders in the Gainesville, FL area to construct interior ducts in over a dozen site built homes.
Author(s): Baechler, Williamson, Gilbride, Cole, Hefty, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2010

Report outlining climate designations by the Building America program, and compares these regions to the IECC climate zones.

Author(s): Marburger
Organization(s): Federation of American Scientists, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2010

Document providing a roadmap to aid Habitat for Humanity affiliates in building high performing houses by using materials and techniques that are affordable, do not add any maintenance burden, and are volunteer friendly.

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

Brochure with details on insulation and air sealing.

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

 Information sheet about air barriers.

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

Brochure with details on advanced framing techniques.

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

Brochure with details on advanced framing techniques.

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

Fact sheet providing detailed information about air sealing attics.

Author(s): Green Seal
Organization(s): Green Seal
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standards for paints and coatings.
Author(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s): Air Barrier Association of America
Publication Date: July, 2010
Standard outlining materials and installation methods for a liquid-applied vapor permeable air barrier system located in the non-accessible part of the wall.
Author(s): Air Diffusion Council
Organization(s): Air Diffusion Council
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standard providing a comprehensive approach to evaluating, selecting, specifying and installing flexible duct in HVAC systems.
Author(s): Singer, Delp, Apte
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2010

Report on the performance of range hood exhaust fans.

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): Drumheller, Carll
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: April, 2010

The objective of this research was to quantify the field performance of wood-frame walls clad with a variety of common claddings in a mixed-humid climate.

Author(s): North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
Organization(s): North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
Publication Date: January, 2010
Information sheet with HVAC duct insulation, testing, maintenance and performance information.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2010

Information about dense pack, cellulose insulation.

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

Document providing design guidance and software tool information for forced-air HVAC systems.

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

Document presenting some of the key technical properties of many of the most common building materials.

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): Hendron, Engebrecht
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2010

Document describing the Building America research benchmark for the residential building program.

Author(s): Hendron, Engebrecht
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2010

Report summarizing the guidelines for developing and reporting analytical results in a consistent and meaningful manner for all home energy uses.

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

Report providing builders in marine climates with guidance for building homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.

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): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2010

This standard defines the roles of and minimum requirements for mechanical and natural ventilation systems and the building envelope intended to provide acceptable indoor air quality in single-family and multi-family low-rise residential buildings of three stories or less above grade.

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.