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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): Acker, Klein
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: October, 2006
Article describing how demand plumbing systems send cold water back to the water heater until hot water arrives at the sink, shower or other fixture where it is needed.
Author(s): Zuluaga
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: July, 2006
Document explaining why a vapor retarder that changes permeability with changing relative humidity provides added protection against moisture problems in exterior walls.
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): Baechler, Taylor, Bartlett, Gilbride, Hefty, Steward, Love, Palmer
Organization(s): PNNL, ORNL
Publication Date: October, 2006
Document providing a resource to help builders large and small build high-quality, energy-efficient homes that achieve 30% energy savings in space conditioning and water heating in the marine climate.
Author(s): Hendron
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2006

Report provides a proposed set of guidelines for estimating the energy savings achieved by a package of retrofits or an extensive rehabilitation of an existing home.

Author(s): BIRA, BSC, CARB, DEG, FSEC, IBACOS, NAHB Research Center, NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: January, 2006
Report summarizing research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in the Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry Climate Region on a cost-neutral basis.
Author(s): BAIHP, BIRA, BSC, CARB, DEG, IBACOS, NAHB Research Center, NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2006
Report summarizing research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in the Marine Climate Region on a cost-neutral basis.
Author(s): BAIHP, BIRA, BSC, CARB, DEG, IBACOS, NAHB Research Center, NREL
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2006
Report summarizing research results for the 30% energy savings level and demonstrates that lead builders can successfully provide 30% homes in the Mixed-Humid Region on a cost-neutral basis.
Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: May, 2006

Report providing a summary of key lessons learned from the first ten years of the Building America program and also included a summary of the future challenges that must be met to reach the programs long term performance goals.

Author(s): Aldrich, Vijayakumar
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: May, 2006

Report describing the monitored long-term performance of two solar domestic water heating systems in northern climates.

Author(s): Zoeller
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: May, 2006
Information sheet describing building practices designed to withstand hurricanes.
Author(s): Christian
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2006

Report presenting construction methods, building products, appliances and equipment of four single-family houses that achieve dramatic energy reductions and approach “net zero energy” use.

Author(s): Raymer, Moyer
Organization(s): Tamarack Technologies, Florida Solar Energy Center
Publication Date: July, 2006

Correcting pressure imbalances in your HVAC system can result in a healthier, more efficient home.

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

Article outlining the casuses and solutions for ice dam problems.

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

Report discussing the importance of durability and energy efficiency in building construction.

Author(s): Robbins, Morrell
Organization(s): Western Wood Products Association
Publication Date: January, 2006
Document addressing common questions about moisture, mold and wood.
Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: August, 2006

Information sheet about how to reduce thermal bridging in walls.

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): 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, 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): 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): 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): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: January, 2006
Document presenting step-by-step process for installing rigid insulating sheathing over wood studs or house wrap.
Author(s): DeKorne
Organization(s): DeKorne
Publication Date: May, 2006

Information sheet describing correct application of stucco.

Author(s): Aldrich, Zuluaga
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: January, 2006

Research study exploring how effective interior insulation systems are at keeping basements dry and warm.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2006

Case study of new home construction in the hot-humid climate.

Author(s): National Roofing Contractors Association
Organization(s): National Roofing Contractors Association
Publication Date: December, 2006

NRCA's premier technical publication gives you the most current and useful technical information in the roofing industry.

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): 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 with methods for constructing or retrofitting basements to reduce moisture issues.

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

Author(s): Aldrich, Walsh, Swift
Organization(s): Steven Winter Associates, SWA, CARB, Western Massachusettes Electric Company, Northeast Utilities
Publication Date: July, 2006

Report summarizing results from a study in Massachusetts that aimed to upgrade existing homes and incorporate solar thermal systems.