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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): Loomis, Pettit
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation

Report on two approaches to retrofitting existing double-stud walls.

Author(s): Carmody, Haglund
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: November, 2012

Document to help builders, homeowners, and designers select energy-efficient windows in new and existing residential construction in all U.S. climate zones.

Author(s): German, Dakin, Hoeschele
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: March, 2012

Report about evaporative condensers, to provide information on a cost-effective solution for energy and demand savings in homes with cooling loads.

Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: September, 2014

Report that provides information and specifications to anyone that is attempting to air seal existing attics.

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

Document with evaluation of 14 heat pump water heaters (including three recently released HPWH products) installed in existing homes in the northeast region of the United States.

Author(s): Brand, Rose
Organization(s): PARR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date: October, 2012

Document covering installation of high efficiency gas furnaces.

Author(s): Ueno, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2012

Document providing information on basement insulation, air sealing and water management retrofits.

Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: October, 2013
Report providing guidance on how to implement a compact duct system inside a plenum truss bulkhead of a one-story, slab-on-grade home.
Author(s): Natarajan, Klocke, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: June, 2012

Information sheet providing information on installing Rigid XPS foam board insulation to existing brick masonry walls.

Author(s): Straube, Ueno, Schumacher
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: July, 2012

Report summarizing the importance of properly insulating and air sealing masonry walls, providing step by step instructions and approaches.

Author(s): Hunt, Easley
Organization(s): BARA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Media
Publication Date: May, 2012

Research study showing that for a relatively small investment, a variable speed pool pump can reduce pool pump energy use by 50% to 75%.

Author(s): Aldrich, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: December, 2011

Report descibing the sealing and insulating of HVAC duct systems in new and existing homes.

Author(s): Aldrich
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: February, 2014

This document addresses adding—or improving—mechanical ventilation systems to existing homes. The purpose of ventilation is to remove contaminants from homes either directly or by dilution. This report discusses where, when, and how much ventilation is appropriate in a home, including some discussion of relevant codes and...

Author(s): Choi, Ludwig, Brand
Organization(s): PARR, Gas Technology Institute
Publication Date: April, 2013

Document intending to put some context and structure around the process of balancing and tuning one-pipe steam systems to help practitioners begin to garner the potential in energy savings that this measure presents.

Author(s): Brozyna, Davis, Rapport
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: April, 2012

Document developed to help residential new construction builders transition from using a three-coat stucco system to a one-coat stucco system installed over 1 in. of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation.

Author(s): Brozyna, Rapport
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Document developed to help residential builders and retrofitters transition from tank-type water heaters to tankless water heaters.

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

The purpose of this measure guideline on ventilation cooling is to provide information on a cost effective solution for reducing cooling system energy and demand in homes located in hot-dry and cold-dry climates.

Author(s): Roberts, Stephenson
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Document providing renovators and retrofit contractors an overview of considerations when including wall air sealing and insulation in an energy retrofit project.

Author(s): Dickson
Organization(s): IBACOS
Publication Date: December, 2011
Report covering the fundamental waterproofing strategies for tub and shower assemblies.
Author(s): Baker
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Document providing information and guidance about rehabilitating, retrofitting, and replacing wood window assemblies in residential construction.

Author(s): Chasar, Withers
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: February, 2013

Research study analyzing measured energy savings from a moderate retrofit by comparing post-retrofit performance with measured pre-retrofit monitored data.

Author(s): Johnson
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: September, 2013

Research study outlining results of monitoring a low temperature heat pump.

Author(s): Martin, Sutherland, Parker
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2016

Repor ourlining testing results from a 53 home monitored sample, long-term energy use of electric resistance clothes dryers.

Author(s): Chasar, vonSchramm
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report summarizing a case study about the performance of three occupied homes built in 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.

Author(s): Sutherland, Parker, Chasar, Hoak
Organization(s): Florida Solar Energy Center
Publication Date: August, 2014
A lighting and smart power strip retrofit evaluation was conducted on 56 all-electric, existing Florida homes to see how lighting and miscellaneous electric loads might be reduced.
Author(s): NMIC
Organization(s): NMIC
Publication Date: April, 2012
Web resource that lays out the pre-work considerations, methods and finishes for installing mechanical insulation.
Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: June, 2014
Describes methods for testing duct systems to determine their performance under standard conditions.
Author(s): Dentz, Podorson, Varshney
Organization(s): ARIES, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: May, 2014

This report investigates whether mini-split heat pumps can live up to their potential for one market segment: multifamily retrofits.

Author(s): Burch, Shoukas, Brandemuhl, Krarti
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Colorado
Publication Date: October, 2014

This paper discusses model validation using data from three thermosiphon systems. 

Author(s): Siegenthaler
Organization(s): Delmar CENGAGE Learning
Publication Date: January, 2012
Book with indepth information about hydronic systems for residential and commercial buildings.
Author(s): Grin, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report describing the work conducted for high performance hybrid assemblies.

Author(s): Lepage, Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: September, 2013

Report about exterior sheathing insulation and inward driven moisture issues.

Author(s): Lepage, Schumacher, Lukachko
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2013

Report explaining moisture-related concerns for high R-value wall assemblies and discusses past Building America research work that informs this study.

Author(s): Shah, Kochkin
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: May, 2018

The next generation of building enclosures is a key step toward achieving high-performance goals through decreasing energy load demand and enabling advanced space-conditioning systems. Yet the adoption of high-R enclosures and particularly high-R walls has been a slow-growing trend because mainstream builders are hesitant to make the...

Author(s): Arena, Mantha
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: May, 2013

Report describing evaluation of several configurations of wall assemblies to determine the accuracy of moisture modeling and make recommendations to ensure durable, efficient assemblies.

Author(s): US Gypsum Company
Organization(s): US Gypsum Company
Publication Date: January, 2007
Brochure discussing specific practices for mitigating moisture and mold during the construction process.
Author(s): Straube, Smegal, Smith
Organization(s): University of Waterloo, Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: April, 2010

Document describing a hygrothermal modeling study, including all of the US climate zones, a range of interior humidity levels and numerous arrangements and types of insulation.

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): Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2010

Information sheet about mold mitigation.

Author(s): CARB
Organization(s): Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: November, 2010

Fact sheet describing causes and prevention of mold in buildings.

Author(s): RESNET
Organization(s): RESNET
Publication Date: January, 2013

RESNET standards aimed to ensure that accurate and consistent home energy ratings are performed by accredited home energy rating providers through their raters nationwide.

Author(s): Lubliner, Kerr, Gordon, Murray
Organization(s): WSU Extension Energy Program
Publication Date: August, 2008
Conference paper making the case that moving ducts to conditioned space saves energy, is practical for production builders (when accompanied by careful pre-planning), and creates significant andmarketable energy savings for homebuyers.
Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2008

Report discussing development of scopes of work and quality management for builders in mixed-humid climates.

Author(s): Ueno, Lstiburek, Bergey
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study examining the performance of existing multifamily ventilation central systems and explored alternative solutions in retrofit situations.

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): Premier SIPS
Organization(s): Premier SIPS
Publication Date: June, 2011
Information sheet with nail withdrawl capacities in OSB.
Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: July, 2012
Report detailing the proposed point structure for the prescriptive approach of the energy efficiency chapter of the NGBS update.
Author(s): Neuhauser
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2012

Report about a test home project evaluating strategies to elevate the performance of existing homes to a level commensurate with best-in-class implementation of high performance new construction homes.

Author(s): Roberts
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2012

Information sheet about the National Residential Efficiency Measures Database, a public database that characterizes the performance and costs of common residential energy efficiency measures.

Author(s): National Environmental Balancing Bureau
Organization(s): National Environmental Balancing Bureau
Publication Date: January, 2005
Standard that includes testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) to produce design flows for air and hydronic systems.

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