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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): Baczek, Yost, Finegan
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: August, 2002

Report describing approaches to using less wood in home building that minimize waste.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure about creating an air barrier by sealing drywall assemblies.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure about creating an air barrier at tub, shower and fireplace walls.

Author(s): Rudd
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: September, 2014

This report describes research conducted to evaluate air transfer between the garage and living space in a single-family detached home constructed to the 2009 IECC by a production home builder in Maryland.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure about air sealing windows.

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

Report on adding insulation to load-bearing mass masonry buildings.

Author(s): Grin, Smegal, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2013

Report covering moisture and leakage issues associated with spray foam insulation application to the underside of roof sheathing.

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): Neuhauser
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2012

Report about a project that examines implementation of advanced retrofit measures in the context of a large-scale weatherization program and the archetypal Chicago, Illinois, brick bungalow.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2002

Report describing approaches to insulating basements in homes built to meet Energy Star.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2008

Research study discussing how housewraps restrict or permit the passage of water molecules based on size, but cannot control the direction in which the water vapor molecules move.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2008

Information guide describing issues with concrete floors, in multiple climate zones.

Author(s): Lsibturek, Joseph
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2014
Article describing correct ways to eliminate water damage by incorporating a sacrificial layer to foundation walls and footings.
Author(s): Lsibturek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2014
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2015

Strategies to control ice dams from forming on residential buildings during winter.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2014

Article describing correct ways to apply insulation to existing attics.

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

Book presenting the best techniques for energy and resource efficient residential construction in the colder climates of North America.

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

A book about structurally insulated panels.

Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2008

Research study about key sustainability concepts, durability, energy efficiency and new flood resistant design.

Author(s): Smegal, Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: August, 2013

Research study describing a number of promising foundation and basement insulation strategies that can meet the requirement for better thermal control in colder climates while enhancing moisture control, health, and comfort.

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): Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: February, 2011

This report will review, and summarize the current state of understanding and research into enclosures with higher thermal resistance, so-called “High-R Enclosures.” Recommendations are provided for further research.

Author(s): Straube, Smegal
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2009

Report considers a number of promising wall systems that can meet the requirement for better thermal control.

Author(s): Grin
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: February, 2011

Presentation about advanced framing techniques.

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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2009

Information sheet with details on building enclosures for hot-dry and mixed-dry climates.

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

Report detaining advanced framing techniques, including discussion of cost and energy savings.

Author(s): Ueno, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2011

Report about the fundamental concepts that must be understood at the planning or initial nspection of existing homes regarding surface and ground water management.

Author(s): Gates
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report describing a deep energy retrofit project for a two-family wood framed home located in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Author(s): Wytrykowska, Ueno, Van Straaten
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report describing findings from a multifamily test home focusing on the combination of energy measures that are feasible, affordable and suitable for multifamily construction in cold climates.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Report about ventilation system design, including central fan integrated supply (CFIS) system, made up of a 6-inch outdoor air intake duct connected to the return side of the air handler with a fan cycling control to make sure the fan runs a programmed minimum amount of time.

Author(s): Baker, Lepage
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2014

Report on the stability of furring strips as a means for cladding attachment over walls with thick exterior rigid insulation.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure explaining the essential basis for advanced framing and some of the more common advanced framing details.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure providing information about flashing.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2008

Report investigating the nature, strength, and durability of connections between high performance dwellings and developments.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2004

Report outlining how conditioned crawlspaces perform better than vented crawlspaces in terms of safety, health, comfort, durability and energy consumption.

Author(s): Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2011

This digest provides the background for designers to select the insulation levels need to reach specific levels of condensation control.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Information sheet about crawlspace insulation, including installation details.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: September, 2009

Information sheet about air sealing.

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

Information about dense pack, cellulose insulation.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure describing drainage planes and water resistant barriers.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure with details on HVAC duct air sealing.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure with information about ducts in conditioned space.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2007

Report on problems and solutions with EIFS stucco wall cladding systems.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2009

Information sheet with details on building high R-value wall assemblies in new homes.

Author(s): Arena, Vijayakumar
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

Report summarizing CARB's analysis of Boulder, Colorado's SmartRegs ordinance in the existing home market.

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