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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): Portland Cement Association
Organization(s): Portland Cement Association
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): Home Ventilating Institute
Organization(s): Home Ventilating Institute
Publication Date: September, 2013

Publication specifying HVI’s prescriptive procedures for testing and rating airflow of residential ventilation products in accordance with ANSI consensus standards.

Author(s): Home Ventilating Institute
Organization(s): Home Ventilating Institute
Publication Date: September, 2015

Publication describing the requirements and procedures for the certified performance ratings program for residential ventilation products administered by the Home Ventilating Institute.

Author(s): Lukachko, Grin, Bergey
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report detailing the design and construction of 10 new houses under the Wyandotte Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2.

Author(s): Dentz, Henderson, Varshney
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: September, 2014

Report summarizing the status of a central hydronic heating system project in multifamily housing at the conclusion of the 20112012 heating season.

Author(s): Dentz, Henderson
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: April, 2012

Report evaluating the relative effectiveness of various control and distribution strategies to improve hydronic space heating performance in existing low-rise multifamily buildings

Author(s): Smegal, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report exploring four questions to determine the level of risk associated with adding drained exterior insulation to the exterior of an existing home during an energy retrofit.

Author(s): Karagiozis
Organization(s): ORNL, Advanced Energy
Publication Date: June, 2005
Report outlining results from a 2005 hygrothermal pilot study in the South.
Author(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Organization(s): Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
Publication Date: January, 2008

Book providing project management guidance in maintaining satisfactory indoor air quality (IAQ) of occupied buildings undergoing renovation or construction.

Author(s): Broniek
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2004

Report presenting system design packages for cold and mixed-humid climates.

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

Article outlining the casuses and solutions for ice dam problems.

Author(s): ARXX Building Products
Organization(s): ARXX Building Products
Author(s): Sculthorpe
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Report sumarizing a workshop to initiate a professional discussion about eventual benefits of the application of massive technologies in US buildings.

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

Information sheet summarizing ICF wall construction including the advantages and disadvantages of this construction strategy.

Author(s): Insulated Concrete Forms Association
Organization(s): Insulated Concrete Forms Association
Publication Date: January, 2008
Document with information on preventing termites when using ICFs.
Author(s): Burch, Maguire
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2013

Journal article presenting modeling of residential water heaters via dynamic simulation models to provide accurate estimates of their annual energy consumption.

Author(s): Martin
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC, IBACOS
Publication Date: March, 2014

The study described in this white paper is based on building energy modeling with an important focus on the indoor humidity impacts of ventilation.

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

Research study to determine the impact resistance performance of advanced framed wall systems with insulating sheathing as the primary sheathing from wind blown debris.

Author(s): Springer, German
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group

Report on on lessons learned from building one multifamily home to the Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements.

Author(s): Moyer, Stroer
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: December, 2007
Report summarizing approaches to addressing duct leakage in hot humid climates.
Author(s): Cutler, Winkler, Kruis, Christensen, Brandemuehl
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Colorado
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report presenting improved air conditioner (AC) and heat pump (HP) modeling methods in the context of whole-building simulation tools.

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): Winkler
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: March, 2012

Presentation on Improving Air-Conditioner and Heat Pump Modeling.

Author(s): Brand, Yee, Baker
Organization(s): PARR
Publication Date: August, 2013
Report examining the impacts that common installation practices and age- induced equipment degradation may have on the installed performance of natural gas furnaces, as measured by steady-state efficiency and AFUE.
Author(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Organization(s): PNNL
Publication Date: January, 2011

Report providing information about techniques and approaches to improve the efficiency of recessed lighting.

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): Less, Mullen, Singer, Walker
Organization(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

This research study used pollutant measurements, home inspections, diagnostic testing and occupant surveys to assess IAQ in 24 new or deeply retrofitted homes designed to be high performance green buildings in California.

Author(s): Guertin
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding Magazine
Publication Date: July, 2011

Central return designs require an open pathway between the room and the heart of the house where the return grill is located.  

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

Information sheet describing techniques for insulating basements.

Author(s): Nich, Gromicko
Organization(s): International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Publication Date: March, 2018

Article describing the correct installation of clothes dryer exhaust ducts.

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

Resource that provides WaterSense inspectors with guidance for verification of program requirements for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.

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

Brochure with information on installing cavity insulation.

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

Brochure with information on installing cavity insulation.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: July, 2018

You can save energy and maintain a comfortable swimming pool temperature by using a smaller, higher efficiency pump and by operating it less.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2005

Report with guidance for installing windows with foam sheathing on wood-frame walls.

Author(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
Organization(s): Vinyl Siding Institute
A guide for users and energy raters of insulated siding as home insulation.
Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: January, 2001
Information sheet with construction details, pros and cons of insulated concrete forms.
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): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2009

Brochure with information on flashing over a deck ledger.

Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2013

Brochure about indoor water management.

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

Brochure about indoor water management.

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

Standard document with information about the international fuel gas code.

Author(s): Rudd, Feldman
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: July, 2008

Report about promoting energy efficiency for Hilton Head Island.

Author(s): North America Insulation Manufacturers Association
Organization(s): North America Insulation Manufacturers Association
Publication Date: May, 2014
Website providing builders with information about meeting RESNET Grade 1 criteria when installing insulation.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2004

Report with an overall HTWII introduction and four sections explaining the four most important hygro-thermal regions: Hot-Humid, Mixed-Humid, Cold, and Hot-Dry/Mixed-Dry.

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): Withers
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: April, 2015
Author(s): Cummings, Withers, LaHiff
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: December, 2009
Research study describing field testing performed in 32 two-story Florida homes to characterize wind washing failures of the house air and thermal boundary.

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