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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): Washington State Department of Ecology
Organization(s): Washington State Department of Ecology
Publication Date: August, 2015
This web site has information about burn bans, which wood burning devices are legal in Washington, why wood smoke is harmful to health, and how to reduce the smoke from your wood burning device.
Author(s): Curkeet
Organization(s): Intertek
Publication Date: March, 2011
Presentation about the combustion properties of wood.
Author(s): National Institute of Standards and Technology
Organization(s): National Institute of Standards and Technology
Publication Date: December, 2004

Standards for requirements, performance, construction, workmanship and others for structural-use panels.

Author(s): Composite Panel Association
Organization(s): Composite Panel Association
Publication Date: January, 2003
Technical bulletin addressing surfacing options in regards to composite wood panels and their emission barrier capabilities.
Author(s): Gromicko
Organization(s): International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Publication Date: January, 2013
Document outlining important safety considerations of ventless fireplaces.
Author(s): Composite Panel Association
Organization(s): Composite Panel Association
Publication Date: January, 2001
Document addressing multiple surfacing options for composite wood panels with regards to their abilities to act as emission barriers.
Author(s): Cranor
Organization(s): American Society of Home Inspectors
Publication Date: April, 2005
Document outlining the importance of keeping dryer exhaust ducts clean.
Author(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Organization(s): Northeastern IPM Center
Publication Date: January, 2018

Website providing information on all types of pest management for multi-family housing.

Author(s): ASTM
Organization(s): ASTM
Publication Date: January, 2010
Test method providing a rapid means of determining the steady-state thermal transmission properties of thermal insulations and other materials with a high level of accuracy when the apparatus has been calibrated appropriately.
Author(s): Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control
Organization(s): California Department of Public Health (CDHP)
Publication Date: February, 2010
Detailed requirements for testing, exposure modeling, and allowable limits for modeled indoor air concentrations.
Author(s): Canadian Standards Association (CSA) International
Organization(s): CSA International
Publication Date: March, 2001

Document addressing multiple surfacing options for composite wood panels with regards to their abilities to act as emission barriers.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: May, 2011

Specifications to assist builders in designing and constructing homes equipped with a set of features that make the installation of solar energy systems after the completion of the home’s construction easier and less expensive.

Author(s): Sanchez
Organization(s): Home Power
Publication Date: January, 2012
Web article about solar site assessment.
Author(s): Lisell, Tetreault, Watson
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2009

Report identifying the important aspects of building design and construction to enable installation of solar photovoltaic and heating systems at some time after the building is constructed.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: May, 2011

Guidelines to assist builders in designing and constructing homes equipped with a set of features that make the installation of solar energy systems after the completion of the home’s construction easier and less expensive.

Author(s): Sughrue
Organization(s): Home Power
Publication Date: September, 2013
A structural insulated panel (SIP) roof has no embedded lumber in the structure, and therefore nothing substantial for attaching PV array and solar hot water mounts. Single or double lumber splines could be put into the panels, or I-joists at 4-foot intervals could be added.
Author(s): FSEC
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: July, 2014
Website with information for consumers about solar thermal systems for homes.
Author(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date: August, 2015
Toolkits for residents and owner/managers who live and work in federally assisted housing.
Author(s): Extension
Organization(s): Extension Foundation
Publication Date: June, 2013
Website providing information about how to prevent rodent entry in homes.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2011

The RERH specifications and checklists take a builder and a project design team through the steps of assessing a home’s solar resource potential and defining the minimum structural and system components needed to support a solar energy system.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2011

The RERH specifications and checklists take a builder and a project design team through the steps of assessing a home’s solar resource potential and defining the minimum structural and system components needed to support a solar energy system.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2013

Website with information about radon-resistant construction techniques and other radon resources for builders, contractors and homebuyers.  

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 1994

Standard providing information on contractors who offer radon control services to homeowners.

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): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): NFPA
Publication Date: January, 2015

Standard containing requirements for carbon monoxide (CO) detection and warning equipment intended to protect lives by warning occupants of the presence of CO in sufficient time to allow occupants to escape or take other appropriate action.

Author(s): Brooks, Dunlop
Organization(s): NABCEP
Publication Date: March, 2012
This Photovoltaic (PV) Installer Resource Guide is an informational resource covering basic requirements for PV installations intended for individuals pursuing the Photovoltaic Installer Certification credential offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: June, 2010

EPA’s 2008 Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule (as amended in 2010 and 2011), aims to protect the public from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation, repair and painting activities.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: March, 2013

Source for information about Carbon Monoxide including health effects and measures to reduce exposure.

Author(s): International Code Council
Organization(s): ICC
Publication Date: January, 2012

Standard document with information about the international fuel gas code.

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): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Document outlining specifications that were developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize new homes equipped with a comprehensive set of indoor air quality (IAQ) features.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2015

Companion document to the Indoor airPLUS Construction Specifications, providing guidance on identifying compliant products, including industry databases and examples of product labeling.

Author(s): Aspen Publishers
Organization(s): Aspen Publishers
Publication Date: January, 2000
Report with information for builders and retrofitters to help eliminate hazards and coincidental energy losses that come from attached garages.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: December, 2014

This publication provides a set of best practices for improving indoor air quality in conjunction with energy upgrade work in homes.

Author(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date: August, 2011

This manual is designed for state and local healthy homes programs that are working to reduce secondhand smoke exposure in multiunit housing. The manual provides field-tested strategies, recommendations, best practices, and tools. 

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: November, 2011

This report describes the health effects of secondhand smoke.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: August, 2009

Report about opportunities for ventilation when traditional methods are limited by weather conditions or by contaminants in the outdoor air.

Publication Date: January, 2009
Standard describing GREENGUARD Emission Criteria for use with GREENGUARD Certification Program for Low Emitting Products.
Author(s): Green Seal
Organization(s): Green Seal
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standards for paints and coatings.
Author(s): Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s): Health Canada
Publication Date: June, 2004

Results from a research program testing airtightness, implications of air leakage and contaminant reduction over the garage-to-house interface.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: October, 2014

Detailed information about Formaldehyde including health effects and strategies to reduce exposure.

Author(s): Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Organization(s): Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
Publication Date: May, 2007
Standard supporting indoor air quality performance by producers, purchasers and policy makers to improve the environmental performance of products and services.
Author(s): Christensen, Barker
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mountain Energy Partnership
Publication Date: April, 2001

Study presenting generalized results regarding the effect of surface orientation on annual incident solar radiation for locations in the United States.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): National Fire Protection Association
Publication Date: January, 2013
Information sheet with safety tips for dryers.
Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: May, 2014
Standard describing a labeling program for carpet cushions.
Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: July, 2011
Downloadable fact sheet covering carpet-related topics including Indoor Air Quality, Asthma and Allergy, Cleaning Products, and Environmental Sustainability.
Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 1995

Information sheet summarizing inspection and testing of combustion appliances taught during the 2006 Florida whole-house weatherization training as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hot Climate Initiative.

Author(s): Colorado Geological Survey
Organization(s): Colorado Geological Survey
Publication Date: April, 2011

Information sheet discussing building foundation problems caused by settling soil in Colorado.

Author(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Organization(s): U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Publication Date: October, 2014

This is a guide for establishing smoke-free policies in public housing and multifamily properties.

Author(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s): Carpet and Rug Institute
Publication Date: January, 2012
Standard describing a green labeling program for low VOC carpets.

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