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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): Liaukus
Organization(s): BARA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Media
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report investigating what motivates remodelers to become energy-focused and what technical knowledge that need to be energy-focused.

Author(s): Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Organization(s): Southwest Energy Efficiency Project
Publication Date: January, 2007
Report discussing the benefits of modern evaporative cooling systems for use in hot dry climate zones.
Author(s): Davis
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding Magazine
An article about double-hung windows.
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2010

Building science insight into crawlspaces.

Author(s): Gordon, Howard, Kunkle, Lubliner, Auer, Clegg
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report demonstrating cost-effective energy savings targets as well as improved comfort and indoor environmental quality associated with deep energy retrofits by a large public housing authority as part of a larger rehabilitation effort.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): National Fire Protection Association
Publication Date: August, 2013
Standard providing guidelines for construction projects involving chimneys, fireplaces, venting systems, and solid fuel-burning appliances.
Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): National Fire Protection Association
Publication Date: January, 2013

Standard for installing manufactured homes, including specifications and procedures, for installation of utility connections of a manufactured home.

Author(s): National Fire Protection Association
Organization(s): National Fire Protection Association
Publication Date: January, 2018

Code outlining minimum safety requirements for the design and installation of fuel gas piping systems in homes and other buildings.

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): National Fenestration Rating Council
Organization(s): National Fenestration Rating Council
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standard providing a procedure for determining fenestration attachment product U-factors.
Author(s): National Fenestration Rating Council
Organization(s): National Fenestration Rating Council
Publication Date: January, 2010
Standard for determining fenestration attachment product SHGC and visible transmittance.
Author(s): Parker, Sherwin, Hermelink
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2008
Report about an experimental evaluation has been conducted on a night sky cooling system designed to substantially reduce space cooling needs in homes in North American climates.
Author(s): Parker, Sherwin, Hermelink, Moyer
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: December, 2009
Report describing the experimentally evaluated potential of a novel residential night cooling concept.
Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 2011

Document providing supplemental information for code enforcement professionals about headers in nonbearing walls.

Author(s): Gunishan
Organization(s): Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date: February, 2013

Book providing home owners with building science information to help make good decisions when planning a home remodel or renovation.

Author(s): American Architectural Manufacturers Association
Organization(s): American Architectural Manufacturers Association
Publication Date: May, 2008
Standard covering requirements for single and dual windows, single and dual side-hinged door systems, sliding doors, tubular daylighting devices, and unit skylights for new construction and replacement applications.
Author(s): Hewes, Peeks
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Northwest Energy Works
Publication Date: February, 2013

Research study conducted on new specifications that would improve on the energy requirements of a NEEM home.

Author(s): Hewes, Peeks
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Northwest Energy Works
Publication Date: February, 2013

Research study conducted on new specifications that would improve on the energy requirements of a NEEM home.

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: October, 2014
Author(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Organization(s): ORNL
Publication Date: January, 2011

Website providing an online calculator for determining energy and cost savings from installing radiant barriers in attics.

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

Report studying the specification, implementation, and energy savings from an EER in a group home, with an energy savings goal of 30%.

Author(s): Withers, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2010
Report about evaluation methods used for analyzing wind washing and results of upgrades made to homes to increase energy efficiency.
Author(s): Withers, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: September, 2010
Research study finding significant wind washing potential in 40% of homes in the study area.
Author(s): Arena, Faakye
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: October, 2013

Research study using modeling to determine optimal combination(s) of components/pumps, high efficiency heat sources, plumbing configurations and controls that result in the highest overall efficiency for a hydronic system.

Author(s): Dentz, Varshney, Henderson
Organization(s): ARIES, Levy Partnership
Publication Date: October, 2013

Report providing information to researchers, utility program managers, and building owners interested in controlling heating energy waste and improving resident comfort.

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

Information sheet with details on pan flashing for exterior walls.

Author(s): Kosny, Christian, Desjarlais, Kossecka, Berrenberg
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Website providing information about the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Author(s): Dickson
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2011

Report providing information about improving the energy efficiency and long-term durability of the buildings that are being reconstructed post Katrina in New Orleans.

Author(s): Osser, Kerrigan
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Report providing information about improving the energy efficiency and long-term durability of the buildings that are being reconstructed post Katrina in New Orleans.

Author(s): Weitzel, German, Porse
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: June, 2014

Report presenting performance results from tests conducted on an energy efficiency retrofit project in Stockton, California.

Author(s): Butcher
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: December, 2011
Article investigating how a linear input/output relationship can be used as a simple model of the performance of a combination hydronic heating system over heating only, DHW only, and combined loads.
Author(s): Sherwin, Colon, Parker, Martin
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: December, 2010
Paper examining the monitored performance of four newly constructed near zero energy homes in Florida.
Author(s): SF Environment
Organization(s): SF Environment, International Code Council
Publication Date: November, 2012

Report providing strategies for designing structures to prevent pest entry.

Author(s): Parker, Hoak, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2010
Report briefly reviewing past research and describes a two year pilot evaluation of a low cost residential energy feedback system installed in twenty case study homes in Florida.
Author(s): Parker, Hoak, Cummings
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: January, 2008
Paper briefly reviewing past research and describing a two year pilot evaluation of a low cost residential energy feedback system installed in twenty case study homes in Florida.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: May, 2013

Information sheet about ventilation approaches.

Author(s): Fowler, Stanley, Coats
Organization(s): Technical Services Information Bureau
Publication Date: October, 2014

Manual covering design, detailing, material selection and troubleshooting for plaster, IEFs, and drywall, with info on continuous insulation, air barriers, rain screens, fire and sound ratings, etc.

Author(s): Owrth, Ludovici, Joyce, Fernstrom
Organization(s): California Investor-owned Utilities
Publication Date: July, 2013

This CASE report proposes updates and revisions to the standards for residential swimming pool filtration pumps, new and replacement single phase pump motors under 5 horsepower (HP), controllers, portable electric spas as well as expanding the scope of the current standards to include light emitting diode (LED) pool lighting.

Author(s): Aldrich, Arena, Zoeller
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: March, 2010
Document with information about the most practical methods to achieve whole-wall performance of R-30 or above.
Author(s): VonThoma, Ojczyk
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study identifying best practices of three successful high performance, custom home builders in the upper Midwest.

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

Report documenting actual energy savings of a retrofit project in Boulder, CO.

Author(s): Faakye, Arena, Griffiths
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: July, 2013

Research study exploring a test method measuring air leakage between units through common surfaces and air infiltration across exterior, noncommon surfaces of the enclosure.

Author(s): Martin, Parker, Sherwin, Colon
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: February, 2009
Report reviewing the design the first four months of energy performance of the project home during the second half of 2008.
Author(s): Parker, Sherwin, Hoak, Chandra, Martin
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: February, 2009
Report reviewing the design the first four months of energy performance of the project home during the second half of 2008.
Author(s): Ojczyk, Mosiman, Huelman, Schirber, Yost, Murry
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: April, 2013

Research report describing study of exterior retrofit approach for air sealing, insulating, and water management conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Mosiman, Huelman, Schirber, Yost, Murry
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: April, 2013

Research report describing study of exterior retrofit approach for air sealing, insulating, and water management conducted by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership team run by University of Minnesota.

Author(s): Ojczyk, Mosiman, Huelman, Schirber, Yost, Murry
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, University of Minnesota
Publication Date: April, 2013

Report identifying an exterior approach for ice dam mitigation on the roof portion of 1_-story homes with the potential to provide cost-effective, long-term, scalable solutions.

Author(s): ASHRAE
Organization(s): ASHRAE
Publication Date: September, 2008
Standard providing guidance on how to best design buildings with adequate moisture control features.
Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: January, 2015

This page provides important information on how to protect yourself and your family if you suspect that you might have vermiculite insulation from Libby, Montana.

Author(s): FEMA
Organization(s): FEMA
Publication Date: November, 2009

Report that addresses flood, wind and seismic hazards and recommends several multi-hazard resistant foundation designs of manufactured homes.

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