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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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: September, 2012

Guide providing information for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth.

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

Information sheet about unvented fireplaces and combustion safety.

Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Publication Date: January, 2013

Standard providing nationally recognized, manufacturer-endorsed set of inspection tasks for HVAC maintenance.

Author(s): Natural Resources Canada
Organization(s): Natural Resources Canada
Publication Date: April, 2014
Web resource with information for consumers about air source heat pumps.
Author(s): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Organization(s): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Publication Date: January, 2013
Updated detailed information about Formaldehyde.
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): Hammer & Hand
Organization(s): Hammer & Hand
Publication Date: February, 2018

This Best Practices Manual is the product of Hammer & Hand’s ongoing work to document and internally codify our standard operating procedures for construction practice.

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

The Builder's Guide provides the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems in hot-humid climate regions.

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): Werling
Organization(s): CCEI
Report presenting the building america research to market plan.
Author(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date: October, 2014

This is a guide for establishing smoke-free policies in public housing and multifamily properties.

Author(s): Poerschke, Beach
Organization(s): IBACOS
Report onhow space-conditioning systems are operating in the field and if these systems are meeting required standards.
Author(s): Poerschke, Beach
Organization(s): IBACOS
Report onhow space-conditioning systems are operating in the field and if these systems are meeting required standards.
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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2016

Report telling consumers how radon gets into a home and how to reduce radon entry into a home.

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): EIA
Organization(s): EIA
Publication Date: June, 2016

Federal statistics about national energy consumption in residential homes.

Author(s): ADM Associates, Texas A&M University, FSEC, University of Nebraska, LBNL
Organization(s): California Energy Commission
Publication Date: March, 2007

Research project addressing low-cost options that reduce monthly energy costs and improve the quality of life by enhancing comfort levels in low-income homes.

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

Website from the U.S. Department of Energy providing consumers with information on saving energy and using renewable energy technologies.  

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

Website providing consumer information about ceiling fans, including specifications and buying guidance.

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

ENERGY STAR specifications for residential window, door and skylights, Version 6, effective January 1, 2015. 

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

Detailed information about Formaldehyde including health effects and strategies to reduce exposure.

Author(s): Hughes
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2008

Report investigating the status of the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry and technology in the United States, assembling GHP energy savings potential, identifying key barriers to application of GHPs, and identifying actions that could accelerate adoption of GHPs.

Author(s): Calwell, Horowitz
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: June, 2001
Online article describing how ceiling fans are one of the most popular and generally well regarded of all home energy efficiency features.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: November, 2011

This report describes the health effects of secondhand smoke.

Author(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date: August, 2011

This manual is designed for state and local healthy homes programs that are working to reduce secondhand smoke exposure in multiunit housing. The manual provides field-tested strategies, recommendations, best practices, and tools. 

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003

Provides consumers with general information on solar water heating systems and how to select a contractor.

Author(s): LaMarche, Cheney, Akers, Roth, Sachs
Organization(s): Fraunhofer CSE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study investigating the factors influencing consumer adoption of HEDs and evaluating the resulting electricity consumption.

Author(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Organization(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Publication Date: January, 2008

Book providing project management guidance in maintaining satisfactory indoor air quality (IAQ) of occupied buildings undergoing renovation or construction.

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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: March, 2013

Source for information about Carbon Monoxide including health effects and measures to reduce exposure.

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): 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): SF Environment
Organization(s): SF Environment, International Code Council
Publication Date: November, 2012

Report providing strategies for designing structures to prevent pest entry.

Author(s): Dentz, Conlin, Podorson, Alaigh
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report presenting ways public housing authorities (PHAs) can develop packages of energy efficiency retrofit measures the PHAs can cost-effectively implement with their own staff in the normal course of housing operations at the time when units are refurbished between occupancies.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2013

Website with information about radon-resistant construction techniques and other radon resources for builders, contractors and homebuyers.  

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

Document with important building science considerations, designed for members of the residential construction and remodeling industries, as well as owners and managers who work in affordable housing.

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): 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): Metzger, Goyl, Baechler
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2017

This research paper outlines residential HVAC advanced controls and sensors. It includes a technology review, applications, maintenance and commissioning, occupant behavior and a summary of the state-of-the-art technologies for advanced controls for residential HVAC.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: November, 2012

Website with consumer information about duct cleaning.

Author(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date: August, 2015
Toolkits for residents and owner/managers who live and work in federally assisted housing.
Author(s): FSEC
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: July, 2014
Website with information for consumers about solar thermal systems for homes.
Author(s): Energy Trust of Oregon
Organization(s): Energy Trust of Oregon
Publication Date: August, 2013

Outlines the minimum criteria for a solar water heating system installed by a Solar Water Heating Program trade ally under Energy Trust of Oregon’s Solar Water Heating Program.

Author(s): Canadian Standards Association (CSA) International
Organization(s): CSA International
Publication Date: March, 2001

Document addressing multiple surfacing options for composite wood panels with regards to their abilities to act as emission barriers.

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): Southface Energy Institute, ORNL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: November, 1999
Brochure with information for homeowners about the benefits of air sealing.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2014

Case study examining the problem of unwanted air transfer from garage to living space and the effectiveness of garage exhaust ventilation or house supply ventilation to provide a solution to that.

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