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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): Smith
Organization(s): NIBS
Publication Date: June, 2017

Article discussing structural and nonstructural building components and illustrates a variety of wind-induced damages, including wind-driven rain infiltration.

Author(s): Habte, Mooneghi, Baheru, Zisis, Chowdhury, Masters, Irwin
Organization(s): Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Publication Date: July, 2017

Study showcasing the location of the highest uplift force on a hip roof, and thus roofing material needs for the most fasteners and adhesive at this location.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2017

Resource that provides guidance when choosing products that meet WaterSense program requirements. 

Author(s): Quarles
Organization(s): Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Publication Date: August, 2017

Report covering the migration of wind-blown embers in roof vents.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: December, 2017

Factsheet describing best practices for flashing doors and windows to minimize air and water intrusion.

Author(s): Structural Engineers Association of California
Organization(s): Structural Engineers Association of California
Publication Date: July, 2017

The 2017 publication update to the SEAOC Wind Committee and SEAOC Solar Photovoltaic Systems Sub-Committee's 2012 report.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: June, 2017

Standard Work Specifications (SWS) are a major component of the Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project and define the minimum requirements to ensure that the work performed during home energy upgrades is effective, durable, and safe.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: March, 2017

Standard Work Specification for dense packing blown insulation in existing homes.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: April, 2017

Standard Work Specification for non-insulation contact recessed lights in existing homes.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: November, 2017

These test methods describe two techniques for measuring air leakage rates through a building envelope in buildings that may be configured to a single zone.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): NFPA
Publication Date: January, 2017

Website providing a link for purchasing NFPA 1141, Standard for Fire Protection Infrastructure for Land Development in Wildland, Rural, and Suburban Areas.

Author(s): MacGregor Pierce
Organization(s): Walls & Ceilings
Publication Date: November, 2017

Fact sheet describing the use of rigid foam insulation to meet energy efficiency requirements and minimize fire risks.

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): Schoenbauer, Bohac, McAlpine, Hewett
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: June, 2017

This project analyzed combined condensing water heaters or boilers and hydronic air coils to provide high efficiency domestic hot water (DHW) and forced air space heating. Called "combi" systems, they provided similar space and water heating performance less expensively than installing two condensing appliances. The system's...

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): ENERGY STAR
Organization(s): ENERGY STAR
Publication Date: December, 2017

Information about recycling CFL lightbulbs.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): HIRL
Publication Date: December, 2017

Fact sheet describing design and construction practices to reduce the likelihood of water intrusion in walls and foundations in residential construction.

Author(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Organization(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Publication Date: May, 2017

Website providing weather data.

Author(s): Porter, Scawthorn, Dash, Santos, Eguchi, Ghosh, Huyck, Isteita, Mickey, Rashed, Schneider
Organization(s): NIBS
Publication Date: December, 2017

Report updating and expanding on a 2005 study that found, among other things, that every $1 of natural hazard mitigation funded by FEMA between 1993 and 2003 saved the American people an average of $4 in avoided future losses.

Author(s): APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Organization(s): APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Publication Date: September, 2017

Report providing water management details for roof assemblies.

Author(s): American Society of Civil Engineers
Organization(s): ASCE
Publication Date: January, 2017

Building code describing the means for determining dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, and wind loads, and their combinations for general structural design.

Author(s): American Society of Civil Engineers
Organization(s): ASCE
Publication Date: June, 2017

Standard describing the means for determining dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, and wind loads, and their combinations for general structural design.

Author(s): Schoenbauer, Bohac, Huelman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: March, 2017

Report describing the installation and operation of forced-air heating and domestic hot water combi systems in residential homes. 

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: April, 2017

Factsheet with information on energy efficient pool pumps.

Author(s): EnergySaver
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2017

Webpage describing high-efficiency lighting choices for homeowners including LEDs, CFLs, and halogen bulbs.

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): International Code Council
Organization(s): International Code Council
Publication Date: August, 2017

International code for residential construction.

Author(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Organization(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Publication Date: August, 2017

Website providing information about rodents and how to prevent rodent entry in homes.

Author(s): Erosion Control Technology Council
Organization(s): Erosion Control Technology Council
Publication Date: July, 2017

Report providing general guidelines for the installation of rolled erosion control products.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): BSC
Publication Date: October, 2017

Article describing issues with condensation in unvented attics insulated with open-cell spray foam.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: December, 2017

Fact Sheet describing the need for supplemental dehumidification, dehumidifier configuration options, and design considerations.

Author(s): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: January, 2017

Fact sheet giving an overview of how to properly prepare for a winter storm and how to protect yourself before, during, and after one.

Author(s): ANSI
Organization(s): ANSI
Publication Date: April, 2017

This Standard applies to storage water heaters, instantaneous water heaters, and circulating water heaters including booster water heaters.

Author(s): Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Organization(s): IBHS
Publication Date: December, 2017

Checklist providing additional guidance and options for asphalt shingle installations at roof edges, intersections and valleys. 

Author(s): Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Organization(s): IBHS
Publication Date: January, 2017

Checklist providing the type of roofing felt recommended by IBHS as a quilified sealed roof deck system for asphalt shingle or metal roofing.

Author(s): Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Organization(s): IBHS
Publication Date: November, 2017

Fact sheet instructing installers about flashing installed on a FORTIFIED roof and points to roof covering manufacturers for flashing installation instructions.

Author(s): Low, Mills, Quinn, Reeder, Squerciati
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: February, 2017

Report illustrating the design and construction of utility systems that comply with the National Flood Insurance Program requirements for construction of new residential and non-residential structures in flood-prone areas.

Author(s): Florida Department of Transportation
Organization(s): FDOT
Publication Date: September, 2017

Handbook describing the permitting process regulating the transfer of stormwater from private property owners to the State of Florida Department of Transportation stormwater drainage systems.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

ENERGY STAR lightbulb criteria.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

ENERGY STAR Key product criteria for dishwashers.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

The ENERGY STAR criteria for clothes washers.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

ENERGY STAR criteria for clothes dryers.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2017

ENERGY STAR clothes dryer buying guidance for consumers.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2017

DOE's consumer information about energy and laundry.

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): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: January, 2017

Fact sheet describing how to prepare for hurricane season and mitigate damage from floods and high winds. 

Author(s): American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Organization(s): American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication Date: January, 2017

Code establishing the rules of safety relating only to pressure integrity for the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels during construction.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2017

Standard establishing a test procedure for evaluating the performance of air-cleaning devices as a function of particle size.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: January, 2017

Guidebook covering basic principles and data used in the HVAC&R industry.

Author(s): American Society of Civil Engineers
Organization(s): ASCE
Publication Date: June, 2017

Web-based mapping tool offering a fast way to look up key design parameters such as hurricane-prone regions and wind-borne debris regions, as defined in ASCE 7-16, Chapter 26 and ASCE 7-10. 

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