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

This article addresses the issue of undercutting bedroom doors to provide return airflow from bedrooms resulting in risks such as insufficient airflow, pressure imbalance, energy-inefficient loss of conditioned air, condensation within the wall, and moisture durability issues.

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): Smegal, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2012

Report summarizing current research, summarizes issues that have been experienced with current best practices, and recommends ways in which the best practices can be improved for water managing sheathings.

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

Document providing guidance on water management concepts and applications.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2003

Document outlining a well-detailed drainage plane and flashings.

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

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

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

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

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

Information sheet providing information about vapor management.

Author(s): Rudd, Lstiburek, Ueno
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: August, 2000

Report focusing on the performance and durability of unvented-cathedralized attics in hot-humid climates with both tile and asphalt shingle roofing.

Author(s): Kohta
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2003

Document summarizing the various papers on unvented conditioned cathedralized attics found on BSC's website.

Author(s): Schumacher
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2007

Report reviewing unvented roof assemblies, such as conditioned attics and unvented cathedral ceilings that are becoming common in North American construction.

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

Information sheet describing the function of a vapor barrier, and methods to retard the migration of water vapor.

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

Guide providing information about controlling rainwater through use of drainage planes.

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

Information sheet with methods for constructing or retrofitting basements to reduce moisture issues.

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

Report providing guidance about whether to construct a vented or unvented attic based on hygro-thermal zone.

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

Information sheet providing definitions, applications, and techniques for applying air barriers.

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

Information sheet about transfer ducts and grilles.

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

Report discussing Building America whole house systems research within the broad effort to reduce or eliminate the environmental impact of building and provides specific recommendations for future Building America research based on Building Science Corporations experience with several recent projects involving green home building programs.

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

Case study about how to properly tape insulating sheathing drainage planes.

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.

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

Information sheet about soil gas control strategies for foundations.

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

How hard can it be to insulate a flat sheet of concrete? I mean you only have three choices – on the top, on the bottom, or on the edge. OK, you might have some combination of the three as well.

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

Information sheet about insulating slabs.

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

Information sheet about air sealing.

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

Information sheet with information about sealing combustion appliances for indoor air quality.

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

Document containing some of the basic characteristics that should be met in all high performance homes.

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

Information sheet about reservoir claddings.

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

Information sheet describing refrigerant charge.

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

Document reviewing ventilation strategies for different climate zones and includes schematic drawings and photographs of various ventilation installations.

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

Information sheet designed for the residential construction and remodeling industries, as well as owners and managers of affordable housing, that presenting building guidance for both new construction and rehabilitation, as well as practices that can be used by property maintenance personnel.

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

Information sheet explaining how cleaning and maintenance of homes affects the indoor air quality.

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): Straube
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: October, 2006

Document covering basic moisture control principles in the design of above-grade building enclosures; driving rain as a moisture load on walls; a classification system of the various rain control strategies available for walls; and good design practises for walls.

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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: June, 2006

Report aiming to "de-mistify" technology and economic considerations of residential PV systems.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2013

Information sheet about ventilation approaches.

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

Information sheet with details on pan flashing for exterior walls.

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

Building science insight into crawlspaces.

Author(s): Neuhauser
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2012

Report about a test home project evaluating strategies to elevate the performance of existing homes to a level commensurate with best-in-class implementation of high performance new construction homes.

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): Lepage, Schumacher, Lukachko
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2013

Report explaining moisture-related concerns for high R-value wall assemblies and discusses past Building America research work that informs this study.

Author(s): Grin, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report describing the work conducted for high performance hybrid assemblies.

Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Document providing information and guidance about rehabilitating, retrofitting, and replacing wood window assemblies in residential construction.

Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: December, 2012

Document providing information and guidance about rehabilitating, retrofitting, and replacing wood window assemblies in residential construction.

Author(s): Lsibturek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, BSC
Publication Date: January, 2017

Report describing the most cost-effective ventilation and indoor air quality solutions for multifamily homes that meet ASHRAE 62.2-2016. 

Author(s): Neuhauser
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, BSC
Publication Date: January, 2015

Report describing the use of mineral fiber insulating sheathing in a high performance enclosure retrofit package. 

Author(s): Straube, Ueno, Schumacher
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2012

Report summarizing the importance of properly insulating and air sealing masonry walls, providing step by step instructions and approaches.

Author(s): Lstiburek, Baker
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, BSC
Publication Date: April, 2015

Report describing wall assemblies that use layers of rigid exterior insulation thicker than 1-½ inch and require a secondary cladding attachment location exterior to the insulation.

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

Report that provides information and specifications to anyone that is attempting to air seal existing attics.

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