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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): McIlvaine, Saunders, Bordelon, Baden, Elam, Martin
Organization(s): BA-PIRC, Florida Solar Energy Center, FSEC, TexEnergy Solutions, Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
Publication Date: July, 2013

Report providing a SWOT analysis inherent to different models as a way of thinking about the transition from traditional business models into a viable model for delivering deep energy retrofits

Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2008

Case study of new home construction in the hot-dry and mixed-dry climate zones.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2006

Case study of new home construction in the hot-humid climate.

Author(s): Hanley-Wood
Organization(s): Journal of Light Construction
A field guide with residential construction best practices.
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): Aldrich, Zuluaga
Organization(s): Home Energy
Publication Date: January, 2006

Research study exploring how effective interior insulation systems are at keeping basements dry and warm.

Author(s): The Family Handyman
Organization(s): The Family Handyman
Publication Date: January, 2012
Brochure describing HVAC filter options for efficiency and IAQ.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: November, 2004

Report outlining a case study about a building project in the hot-humid climate zone.

Author(s): Cautley, Viner, Lord, Pearce
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Report using data from various sources to characterize the impact on human health and property damage from indoor environmental quality and other hazards.

Author(s): Christian, Gehl, Boudreaux, New, Dockery
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2010

Research study exploring retrofit procedures and simulated post-occupancy data for three homes in an effort to determine the effectiveness of retrofit packages.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: September, 2015

This TechNote provides an overview of building code requirements and best practices for flashing at window and door frames.

Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: March, 2016

Case study about a structural sheathing product composed of enhanced EPS rigid foam with OSB adhered on one side.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: November, 2014
This case study describes the External Thermal and Moisture Management System developed by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership for retrofitting roofs with rigid foam over the roof deck, especially on one and a half-story homes.
Author(s): Building Science Corporation
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2014

Case study about how to properly tape insulating sheathing drainage planes.

Case study on exhaust ventilation and corresponding outdoor air intake strategies implemented in high-performance new-construction multifamily buildings.
Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: December, 2014

This case study describes costs associated with the External Thermal and Moisture Management System developed by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership for retrofitting roofs with rigid foam over the roof deck, especially on one and a half-story homes.

Author(s): NorthernSTAR
Organization(s): University of Minnesota
Publication Date: December, 2014

This case study describes costs associated with the External Thermal and Moisture Management System developed by the NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership for retrofitting roofs with rigid foam over the roof deck, especially on one and a half-story homes.

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

Case study examining the problem of unwanted air transfer from garage to living space and the effectiveness of garage exhaust ventilation or house supply ventilation to provide a solution to that.

Author(s): Booten
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2013

Case study providing homeowners guidance on installing window air conditioners.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: October, 2000

Brochure with information about how to select and install house wrap and other weather-resistive barriers.

Author(s): Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: December, 2000
Brochure describing insulation approaches for homes with slab-on-grade floors.
Author(s): Southface Energy Institute, ORNL
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: November, 1999
Brochure with information for homeowners about the benefits of air sealing.
Author(s): Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s): ACCA
Publication Date: January, 2010

The Technician's Guide equips practitioners with the knowledge to properly implement all of the measurement procedures required in the HVAC QI Specification.

Author(s): Building Performance Institute
Organization(s): Building Performance Institute
Publication Date: January, 2012
Standard covering minimum required health and safety diagnostics and specifications for BPI's Building Analyst Professional certification.
Author(s): Roberts
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: February, 2012

Document about NREL's repository of residential building characteristics and historical energy use data, used to improve accuracy of residential energy analysis tools.

Author(s): Maguire, Sparn, Hudon, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2012

Document about laboratory testing of five integrated heat pump water heaters (HPWH).

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

Document about development of recommendations to help residential HVAC designers select optimal supply inlet size and system operating conditions to maintain good thermal comfort in low heating and cooling load homes.

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

Document about development of a new test procedure to increase the quality and accuracy of energy analysis tools for the building retrofit market.

Author(s): Ridouane
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: January, 2012
Document about development of models for evaluating thermal performance of walls in existing homes that will improve the accuracy of building energy simulation tools when predicting potential energy savings of existing homes.
Author(s): Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2012

Document on the development of two simple in-home efficiency test methods that can be used by technicians, researchers, or interested homeowners to verify the correct operation and energy efficiency of a homes air conditioning and heating equipment.

Author(s): Fang, Winkler, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Research study that utilizes EnergyPlus equipped with the moisture capacitance model to analyze the indoor relative humidity in three home types.

Author(s): Foam Sheathing Coalition
Organization(s): Foam Sheathing Coalition
Publication Date: December, 2011
Document that gives a step-by-step approach for designing attachments for cladding materials through foam sheathing.
Author(s): Rheem
Organization(s): Rheem
Publication Date: December, 2012

Information for properly sizing gas lines for use with tankless water heaters and other gas appliances.

Author(s): U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s): EPA
Publication Date: September, 2012

Presentation, and online course, that provides an introduction to mold and mold remediation for environmental and public health professionals.

Author(s): Butler, Curtis, Kim, Roberts, Sephenson
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center
Publication Date: March, 2013
Report outlining the features of a new house, discusses the implementation of the energy efficient design, and presents the results of short-term characterization testing.
Author(s): Williamson, Puttagunta
Organization(s): CARB, Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: September, 2013

Report providing performance results of a home's heat pump water heater and whole-house dehumidifier over a six-month period.

Author(s): Alliance for Water Efficiency
Organization(s): Alliance for Water Efficiency
Publication Date: January, 2016

Web page providing information about water use in pools and spas and tips for how to increase water efficiency.

Author(s): McGeough, Baker, Peters, Beitel
Organization(s): PARR, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: November, 2012

Research study making several recommendations to whole-home program designers and implementers for improving the cost effectiveness and reach of whole-home programs.

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

Information sheet offering general recommendations on supplemental humidity control and outlines viable system configurations.

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

This document covers a description of the need and applied solutions for supplemental dehumidification in warm-humid climates, especially for energy efficient homes where the sensible cooling load has been dramatically reduced.

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

Research study determining how well high performance envelope and innovative cooling system interact to cost effectively reduce cooling energy use in this hot-dry climate.

Author(s): German, Siddiqi, Dakin
Organization(s): ARBI, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: November, 2014

Research project evaluating the pre-and post-retrofit energy consumption of a marine climate retrofit, compare actual energy use to original predictions, and identify opportunities for cost savings in other similar retrofits in this climate.

Author(s): NAHB Research Center
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2009

Document describing issues of wind pressure resistance in walls with exterior rigid foam sheathing installed directly over framing members.

Author(s): DeKorne
Organization(s): DeKorne
Publication Date: May, 2006

Information sheet describing correct application of stucco.

Author(s): Structural Insulated Panel Association
Organization(s): Structural Insulated Panel Association
Author(s): Burdick
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: May, 2012

Report describing findings from research related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) companies that have made the decision to transition to whole house performance contracting (WHPC).

Author(s): Taggart, Sikora, Wiehagen, Wood
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2011

Research study providing a comparison of selected retrofit activity typically done, versus that same retrofit activity approached from an integrated high performance remodeling and quality management perspective.

Author(s): Hoeschele, Springer, German, Staller, Zhang
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: August, 2012

Report about proper water heater selection developed to provide step-by-step procedures for evaluating preferred cost-effective options for energy efficient water heater alternatives based on local utility rates, climate, and anticipated loads.

Author(s): Prahl
Organization(s): IBACOS, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Document serving as a starting point that features initial tools and resources for teams to start collaborating to continually improve the energy efficiency and durability of new houses.

Author(s): Berman, Smith, Porse
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: December, 2012

Document targeting retrofit program managers, retrofit contractors, policy makers, academic researchers, and non-governmental organizations that work to realize energy savings from home energy upgrades (HEUs).

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