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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): Sagan, Bianco, Wood
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report assessing the energy performance of the 2011 EVHA winners and to align the EVHA program with the BA program.

Author(s): Baechler, Antonopoulos, Sevigny, Gilbride, Hefty
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2012

Report discussing opportunities and trends in the home performance industry, along with market drivers such as consumer demand; federal, state, and local programs; and utility and non-governmental programs.

Author(s): Springer, Dakin, Backman
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: July, 2012

Research study estimating potential energy savings relative to conventional ducted air distribution, and identifying equipment requirements, costs, and barriers.

Author(s): Polly, Gestwick, Bianchi, Anderson, Horowitz, Christensen, Judkoff
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2011

Report describing an analysis method for determining optimal residential energy efficiency retrofit packages and applies the analysis method to a 1960s-era home in eight U.S. cities.

Author(s): Beach, Dickson, Grisolia, Poerschke, Rapport
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: August, 2017

This report describes an air distribution system composed of a series of uniformly-sized ducts that terminate in rooms throughout the home and return to a central manifold, similar in fashion to a “home-run” cross-linked polyethylene plumbing system. With a well-designed manifold, each duct receives an equal static pressure...

Author(s): Burch
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2012

Document outlining the current and the proposed draws and estimates typical ratings changes from draw specification changes for typical systems in four cities.

Author(s): Parker, Sherwin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, NREL
Publication Date: October, 2012

Research study summarizing the first full year of detailed data collected about a single-family home that experienced a series of retrofits targeting reductions in energy use.

Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI, Home Innovation Research Labs

Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.

Author(s): Mallay, Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): PHI
Report on the design and evaluation of extended plate and beam.
Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Document providing guideance and considerations for duct design in an energy efficient house.

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): Dentz, Conlin, Holloway, Podorson, Varshney
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: March, 2014

In multifamily and attached buildings, traditional duct sealing methods are often impractical or costly and disruptive because of the difficulty in accessing leakage sites. In this project, two retrofit duct sealing techniques - manually-applied sealants and injecting a spray sealant, were implemented in several low-rise multi-unit buildings....

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): Dentz, Conlin
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: October, 2012

Research study identifying common air leakage pathways in one type of low-rise multifamily building common in mixed-humid climates.

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

Brochure about air sealing windows.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Murry, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2014

Research report describing study of interior and exterior air sealing techniques to stop ice dams in five 1.5-story retrofit homes conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Murry, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: July, 2014

Research report describing study of interior and exterior air sealing techniques to stop ice dams in five 1.5-story retrofit homes conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Puttagunta, Shapiro
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: April, 2012

Report about two test home evaluations that provided valuable data about the true in-field performance of various building mechanical systems and LAMELs.

Author(s): Chandra, Parker, Sherwin, Colon, Fonorow, Stroer, Martin, McIlvaine, Chasar, Moyer, Thomas-Rees, Hoak, Beal, Gil
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: April, 2009
Report summarizing systems research including NightCool, interior duct systems in manufactured housing, ventilation and dehumidification, plug load reduction and solar and conventional hot water.
Author(s): Baker, Yee, Brand
Organization(s): PARR, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Publication Date: September, 2013

Report that collected field data from a whole-home program in Illinois are utilized to compare marketplace-installed measures to the energy saving optimal packages previously developed for 15 housing types.

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

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

Author(s): Prahl, Beach
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: December, 2014
Report outlining workflow and results of regression models on monthly and daily utility data (meter readings of electricity consumption), outlining a process for screening and gathering useful results from inverse models.
Author(s): Arena
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Report analyzing design heating loads in superinsulated 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): Stratton
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: April, 2013

Document highlighting federal accessibility laws which may apply to a housing development, and common mistakes made in the field which, if avoided, will help to ensure compliance.

Author(s): Polly, Kruis, Roberts
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2011

Report describing methodology to assess and improve the accuracy of whole building energy analysis for residential buildings.

Author(s): VonThoma, Ojczyk, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Publication Date: April, 2013
Report focused on foundation insulation R-values for cold climates and the design, construction, and performance implications.
Author(s): Ries, Walters, Dwiantoro
Organization(s): BEEHA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report describing methodology, analysis, and findings from a case study of a 110-unit retrofit of gas tankless water heaters in a hot/humid climate in Alachua County, Florida.

Author(s): Roberts, Merket, Polly, Heaney, Casey, Robertson
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2013

Report assessing the accuracy of HEST as it was being developed and to provide information useful to DOE program managers and HEST development team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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): Mallay, Kochkin
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: March, 2018

This report outlines research activities that are expected to facilitate the adoption of energy retrofits by remodeling contractors and roofing contractors using retrofit panels. The results of this research will be applicable to many existing house designs in most climates and markets. The potential energy savings impact of this technology...

Author(s): Lyons, Moore, Thompson
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Newport Ventures
Publication Date: August, 2013

Report summarizing commissioning, short-term testing, utility bill data analysis, and results of on-site monitoring of a deep energy retrofit.

Author(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: September, 2009

Case study about Artistic Homes of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the first home builder in the United States to offer true net zero energy construction to the average home buyer on every home it builds.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Adams, Butner, Oritz, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2011

Report describing measures that builders in mixed-humid climates can use to build homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2007

Case study describing solar thermal and photovoltaic systems in new construction.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2007

Case study describing solar thermal and photovoltaic systems in new construction.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: June, 2007

Case study describing solar thermal and photovoltaic systems in new construction.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2004

Brochure intended to provide readers with a working knowledge of residential heating and cooling duct systems.

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: 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): Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: June, 2004

Report describing the recommended best practices to achieve energy savings without compromising health or safety.

Author(s): Baechler, Bartlett, Gilbride
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2009

Document providing guidance to U.S. home builders who want to accept the challenge.

Author(s): Christian, Bonar
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: March, 2008

Presentation about building highly efficient, affordable homes in mixed-humid climates.

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): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Williamson, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2010

Report providing builders in marine climates with guidance for building homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2011

Guide describing measures that builders in the cold and very cold climates can take to build homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.

Author(s): Gilbride, Baechler, Hefty, Hand, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2011

Report providing information about energy-efficient heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) equipment options to help homeowners cut their energy use, reduce their carbon footprint, and increase their homes comfort, health, and safety.

Author(s): Baechler, Adams, Hefty, Gilbride, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2012

Guide to help contractors and homeowners identify ways to make homes more comfortable, more energy efficient, and healthier to live in.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Hefty, Cole, Williamson, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2010

Report identifying the steps to take, with the help of a qualified home performance contractor, to seal unwanted air leaks while ensuring healthy levels of ventilation and avoiding sources of indoor air pollution.

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