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

Information sheet about unvented fireplaces and combustion safety.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: July, 2011

Website article interviewing the inventor of the Larsen truss, a history of its use, and a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: September, 2013

Article about different types of weather resistant barrier.

Author(s): Yost
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: December, 2014
Article describing different kinds of water-resistant backer boards.
Author(s): Green Building Advisor
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2013

Website providing CAD files and drawings of advanced framing details.

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

Information sheets containing plans and details for advanced framing.

Author(s): Green Building Advisor
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Website providing information about building plans for the ENERGY STAR thermal bypass checklist.
Author(s): Green Building Advisor
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2011
Document containing a 3D drawing (CAD) of advanced framing details.
Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: March, 2012
Information sheet about what length screws should be used, and how closely to space the screws when fastening furring strips to a foam-sheathed wall.
Author(s): Rice
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2015

Blog post about heat pump clothes dryers.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: November, 2011

Information sheet presenting the correct methods for building an insulated cathedral ceiling.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: March, 2011

Information sheet presenting techniques for installing cellulose insulation.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: June, 2012
Blog entry describing methods for insulating basement walls on the interior or exterior.
Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: April, 2012
Website blog with guidance about calculating heat-loss.
Author(s): Holliday, Martin
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: March, 2003

Article in Energy Design Update describing the cost and savings benefits of electronically commutated motors (ECMs) for HVAC equipment.

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

Article about installing balanced ventilation systems.