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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): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Organization(s): New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Publication Date: November, 2008

Report about indoor air quality related to indoor mold growth.

Author(s): Norton, Hancock, Barker, Reeves
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mountain Energy Partnership, Partnership for Resource Conservation
Publication Date: May, 2005

Report detailing the monitored and modeled performance of a solar home outside of Washington DC.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2011

Document providing supplemental information for code enforcement professionals about header hangers in bearing walls.

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): Lstiburek, Brennan
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: January, 2001

Document providing guidance about building healthy homes using building science principles.

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: 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): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: May, 2013

Website with consumer information about residential heat pump systems.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: January, 2012

Brochure providing consumer information about heat pump water heaters.

Author(s): Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s): Steven Winter Associates, SWA
Publication Date: June, 2012

Guide providing detailed selection and installation instructions for heat pump water heaters.

Author(s): Wilson, Christensen
Organization(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: March, 2012

Presentation about heat pump water heater modeling using EnergyPlus.

Author(s): Butler
Organization(s): Energy Vanguard
Publication Date: January, 2011
Article discussing the advantages of using heat pumps instead of furnaces in high-performance homes.
Author(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s): NREL
Publication Date: December, 2003

Provides consumers with general information on solar water heating systems and how to select a contractor.

Author(s): Rice
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: January, 2015

Blog post about heat pump clothes dryers.

Author(s): McCullough, Gordon
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2002

Report discussing the potential energy savings of new high-efficiency downlights, and the results of product testing to date.

Author(s): Department of Energy
Organization(s): DOE
Publication Date: January, 2009

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

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

Brochure with details on advanced framing techniques.

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

Brochure with details on advanced framing techniques.

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

 Information sheet about air barriers.

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

Brochure with details on insulation and air sealing.

Author(s): Marburger
Organization(s): Federation of American Scientists, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: October, 2010

Document providing a roadmap to aid Habitat for Humanity affiliates in building high performing houses by using materials and techniques that are affordable, do not add any maintenance burden, and are volunteer friendly.

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

Information sheet briefly summarizing double stud wall construction including the advantages and disadvantages of this construction strategy.

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

Information sheet briefly summarizing double stud wall construction including the advantages and disadvantages of this construction strategy.

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

Information sheet briefly summarizing double stud wall construction including the advantages and disadvantages of this construction strategy.

Author(s): Baechler, Williamson, Gilbride, Cole, Hefty, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: August, 2010

Report outlining climate designations by the Building America program, and compares these regions to the IECC climate zones.

Author(s): Baechler, Gilbride, Ruiz, Steward, Love
Organization(s): Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: June, 2007

Best Practices document providing an introduction to current photovoltaic and solar thermal building practices.

Author(s): Goldberg, Mosiman
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR
Report assessing slab-on-grade foundation insulation energy savings.
Author(s): Straube, Grin
Organization(s): Building Science Corporation
Publication Date: March, 2009

Report that considers a number of promising wall systems that can meet the requirement for better thermal control.

Author(s): DeRenzis, Kochkin, Wiehagen
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report providing testing methodology to evaluate structural rim header designs over openings up to 6 ft. wide and applicable to one- and two-story homes.

Author(s): DeRenzis, Kochkin
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2013

Report with test results that serve as a baseline of data for further material tests of other high-R wall systems and for comparison to whole-house wind pressure testing.

Author(s): Wiehagen, Kochkin
Organization(s): NAHB Research Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study presenting results of an existing home monitoring project designed to measure wall cavity moisture characteristics.

Author(s): LaMarche, Cheney, Akers, Roth, Sachs
Organization(s): Fraunhofer CSE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: December, 2012

Research study investigating the factors influencing consumer adoption of HEDs and evaluating the resulting electricity consumption.

Author(s): Hales
Organization(s): WSU Extension Energy Programs, PIRC
Publication Date: March, 2013
Report documenting short-term test results of the Shift House and compares the results of Passive House Planning Package and Building Energy Optimization modeling of the project.
Author(s): Heoschele, Weitzel
Organization(s): ARBI, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Davis Energy Group
Publication Date: November, 2012

Report on a project that enhanced the HWSIM distribution system model to more accurately model pipe heat transfer.

Author(s): Jones, Taylor, Kipp
Organization(s): BEEHA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: September, 2012

Report detailing an evaluation of Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) residential energy efficiency demand side management (DSM) programs to assess their impacts and relative measures of energy and economic performance.

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): Nicholas Gerbis
Organization(s): Home & Garden
Publication Date: April, 2000

Resource that explains how water softeners work to reduce scale.

Author(s): Hoak, Parker, Hermelink
Organization(s): FSEC
Publication Date: August, 2008
Report about measurements of three recent vintage dishwashers of very different efficiencies showing that while they are substantially more efficient than older dishwashers.
Author(s): Petrie, Kosny, Desjarlais, Atchley, Childs, Ternes, Christian
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2003

Report sumarizing results of an ICF investigation of side-by-side houses in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Author(s): Home Ventilating Institute
Organization(s): Home Ventilating Institute
Publication Date: February, 2018

Website with articles on home ventilation and indoor air quality.

Author(s): Christian
Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Publication Date: January, 2006

Report presenting construction methods, building products, appliances and equipment of four single-family houses that achieve dramatic energy reductions and approach “net zero energy” use.

Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: November, 2011

Information sheet presenting the correct methods for building an insulated cathedral ceiling.

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): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: March, 2011

Information sheet presenting techniques for installing cellulose insulation.

Author(s): Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
Organization(s): Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: June, 2012
Blog entry describing methods for insulating basement walls on the interior or exterior.
Author(s): Natural Resources Canada
Organization(s): Natural Resources Canada
Publication Date: October, 2013
Information sheet providing links and resources for insulating basements in cold climates.
Author(s): Gifford
Organization(s): American Boiler Manufacturers Association
Publication Date: June, 2003
Article describing how to use radiator inlet orifices optimize two-pipe steam heating systems.
Author(s): Holladay
Organization(s): Green Building Advisor
Publication Date: April, 2012
Website blog with guidance about calculating heat-loss.
Author(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Organization(s): Home Innovation Research Labs
Publication Date: December, 2017

Fact Sheet describing the need for supplemental dehumidification, dehumidifier configuration options, and design considerations.

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