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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.

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Rutkowski
Organization(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
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Description
The manual covers residential zoning issues - multiple, single-zone, and central multi-zone systems - and includes advice on working with homeowners to adapt the heating or cooling system design to meet modern home design features.
Author(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
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Description
Standard covering sizing strategies for all types of cooling and heating equipment, as well as how to use comprehensive manufacturer’s performance data on sensible, latent, or heating capacity for various operating conditions.
Author(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s)
ACCA
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Description
Technical manual from ACCA outlining correct methods for zoning of residential HVAC systems.
Author(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
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Description
This Standard establishes the minimum requirements to evaluate a residence with regards to energy efficiency, water conservation, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality.
Author(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
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Description
Standard providing nationally recognized, manufacturer-endorsed set of inspection tasks for HVAC maintenance.
Author(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Organization(s)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
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Description
Standard providing a universally accepted definition for quality installation for residential and commercial heating, ventilating, and air conditioning applications.
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Document detailing the requirements, roles, and obligations for participants in an organized effort, ensuring that HVAC installations comply with the ANSI/ACCA 5 QI – 2010 (HVAC Quality Installation Specification) QI Standard.
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National Air Duct Cleaners Association
Organization(s)
National Air Duct Cleaners Association
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Description
Standard providing industry-backed information for assessing new and existing HVAC systems, evaluating and verifying the cleanliness of HVAC system components, preventing job related hazards and guiding the cleaning and restoration of HVAC systems to a specific level of cleanliness.
Author(s)
Air Diffusion Council
Organization(s)
Air Diffusion Council
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Description
Standard for use and reference by designers, architects, engineers, contractors, installers and users for evaluating, selecting, specifying and properly installing flexible duct in heating and air conditioning systems.
Author(s)
Air Diffusion Council
Organization(s)
Air Diffusion Council
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Description
Standard that sets forth the specific methods of testing flexible air ducts used for indoor comfort heating, ventilating and air conditioning applications.
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APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Organization(s)
APA - The Engineered Wood Association
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Description
Detailed guide to advanced framing, a system of construction framing techniques designed to optimize material usage and increase energy efficiency.
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Report detaining advanced framing techniques, including discussion of cost and energy savings.
Author(s)
Koser,
Uthe
Organization(s)
NYSERDA
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Description
Report investigating implemention of advanced power strips for entertainment and home office electronics would reduce energy consumption across the residential market.
Author(s)
NAHB,
Southface Energy Institute,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s)
NAHB,
Southface Energy Institute,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Description
Information sheet about advanced wall framing.
Author(s)
Aeroseal
Organization(s)
Aeroseal
Publication Date
Description
A website explaining the process of sealing a home with Aeroseal & how the technology is used to seal holes in the air ducts and vents of the home.
Author(s)
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
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Description
Website providing research, efficiency and safety standards development, and advocacy to the home appliance industry to bring efficient, high-performing home appliances to consumers.
Author(s)
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Organization(s)
AHAM
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Description
Website reporting efficiencies for dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, and room air cleaners that are tested by independent laboratories and reported by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.
Author(s)
American Institute of Architects
Organization(s)
AIA
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Description
Report describing the experience gained from AIA’s Disaster Assistance Program with first-hand accounts of disaster response and recovery, case studies and other best practices, including approaches to designing buildings to be more adaptable to uncertainty.
Author(s)
Dentz,
Conlin,
Holloway,
Podorson,
Varshney
Organization(s)
ARIES,
Levy Partnership
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Description
In multifamily and attached buildings, traditional duct sealing methods are often impractical or costly and disruptive because of the difficulty in accessing leakage sites. In this project, two retrofit duct sealing techniques - manually-applied sealants and injecting a spray sealant, were...
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
BSC
Publication Date
Description
Information on the control of air flow to control moisture damage, reduce energy losses, and ensure occupant comfort and health. A continuous, strong, stiff, durable and air impermeable air barrier system is required between the exterior and conditioned space to control airflow.
Author(s)
Health Canada,
Environment Canada,
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Organization(s)
Health Canada
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Description
Document reporting results from a study done to evaluate effects of automotive emissions from attached garages on the indoor environment.
Author(s)
Bailey,
Swanson
Organization(s)
Bailey Engineering Corporation
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Description
Case study about high humidity, mold and condensation on surfaces in S. Florida, and how building characteristics cause and amplify these problems.
Author(s)
Rudd
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
This report describes research conducted to evaluate air transfer between the garage and living space in a single-family detached home constructed to the 2009 IECC by a production home builder in Maryland.
Author(s)
Van der Meer
Organization(s)
Pennsylvania Housing Research/Resource Center
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Description
Recessed lighting is here to stay. If installed incorrectly they may contribute to air leakage and compromise building integrity.
Author(s)
Journal of Light Construction
Organization(s)
Journal of Light Construction
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Description
An article explaining how an airtight shell for the home helps to achieve a tight envelope that is energy efficient and cost effective.
Author(s)
Sloggatt
Organization(s)
Fine Homebuilding
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Description
Article providing steps to stop air leaks around the windows and doors of the home.
Author(s)
Natural Resources Canada
Organization(s)
Natural Resources Canada
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Description
Web resource with information for consumers about air source heat pumps.
Author(s)
Holladay
Organization(s)
Green Building Advisor
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Description
Website article interviewing the inventor of the Larsen truss, a history of its use, and a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages.
Author(s)
Holladay
Organization(s)
Green Building Advisor
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Description
Article about different types of weather resistant barrier.
Author(s)
Alliance for Water Efficiency
Organization(s)
Alliance for Water Efficiency
Publication Date
Description
Alliance for Water Efficiency website homepage.
Author(s)
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Organization(s)
DOE,
EERE
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Description
DOE profile describing Alter Eco.
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American Cleaning Institute
Organization(s)
American Cleaning Institute
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Description
American Cleaning Institute website homepage.
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American Gas Association
Organization(s)
AGA
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Description
Report providing information regarding the benefits and challenges associated with the installation of earthquake-actuated automatic shut-off valves (ASVs) or remote-control valves (RCVs) to stop the flow of natural gas into buildings in the event of an earthquake or rupture of the gas line.
Author(s)
Beckett Corporation
Organization(s)
Beckett Corporation
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Description
Webpage that gives an introduction to PSC motors and their operation.
Author(s)
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Organization(s)
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
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Description
Updated detailed information about Formaldehyde.