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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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Weather Proofing America
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Weather Proofing America
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Department of Energy
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DOE
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Information sheet explaining how weatherstripping can be an easy and cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts.
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Don Jackson
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The Journal of Light Construction
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An article written by Don Jackson of The Journal of Light Construction on how to detail brick veneer siding wall.
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Lstiburek
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Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Report describing sloped roof assemblies with high levels of thermal performance.
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MBS Engineering
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MBS Engineering
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An informational guide established to educate the public on seismic shut-off valves and how to avoid fires following an earthquake.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA
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A website explaining the connection between using compact fluorescent lightbulbs and the amount of mercury released into the environment.
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MBS Engineering
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MBS Engineering
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Graphic explaining what a seismic shut-off valve is and some quick facts answering FAQs.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA
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Information sheet outlining the criteria for ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights.
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IBHS DisasterSafety
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IBHS
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Guidelines from IBHS on modifications to homes to prepare for a wildfire if evacuation orders are anticipated for the area.
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Building Science Corporation
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Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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This article addresses the issue of undercutting bedroom doors to provide return airflow from bedrooms resulting in risks such as insufficient airflow, pressure imbalance, energy-inefficient loss of conditioned air, condensation within the wall, and moisture durability issues.
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Cold Climate Housing Research Center
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CCHRC
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Webpage describing how different amounts and types of snow loads affect the structural integrity of roofs and homes.
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Center for Science Education
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Center for Science Education
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A heat map showing the average number of tornadoes per year across the United States
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United States Department of Agriculture
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USDA
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Webpage describing the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and how to plan residential building to mitigate wildfire risks associated with building in the WUI.
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Zoeller
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CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Description
Information sheet about insulation materials.
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ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
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A factsheet providing information on ENERGY STAR certified gas tankless water heaters with information on how they cut water heating expenses while providing a continuous delivery of hot water.
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City of Davis California
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City of Davis California
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A report describing proper retrofit techniques regarding air sealing and ventilation.
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Southface Energy Institute,
ORNL
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DOE
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Brochure about how to install and use a whole-house fan.
Author(s)
Chandler
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Fine Homebuilding
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Description
Article about one way to deal with the cold-water surprise effect of tankless water heaters.
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Contractor Magazine
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Contractor Magazine
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Description
Article explaining the importance of expansion tank knowledge.
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ENERGY STAR
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ENERGY STAR
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Description
Introductory guide to air sealing the envelope of a home to reduce wasted energy and save on energy costs.
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National Fire Protection Association
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NFPA
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Description
Website containing links to key wildfire codes and standards.
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United States Department of Agriculture
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USDA
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Webpage from USDA and U.S. Forest Service with a map of potential wildfire risk across the U.S.
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Canada Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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Canada Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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Website describing how wildfires spread and how fuels, weather, and topography influence fires.
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Canada Government of Northwest Territories
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Canada Government of Northwest Territories
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Webpage describing the behavior of wildfires.
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Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
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IBHS
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Webpage describing ways builders and communities an reduce wildfire risk.
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DisasterSafety.org
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IBHS
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A webpage providing guidance on increasing the wildfire resistance of a home.
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United States Department of Agriculture,
U.S. Forest Service
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USDA,
USFS
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A website created by the U.S. Forest Service, containing interactive maps, charts and resources to help communities explore their risk to wildfires.
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Congressional Research Service
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CRS
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Fact sheet providing recent statistics on wildfires in the U.S.
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United States Fire Administration
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USFA
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Webpage from USFA compiling resources from across the U.S. on Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) information.
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CAL FIRE Fire Engineering Division
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CAL FIRE Fire Engineering Division
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A list of exterior building products and materials approved for use in wildland urban interface zoned homes. These products are non-combustible or ignition-resistant.
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Department of Resource Management Building Division
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County of Shasta California
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An example of wildland urban interface construction requirements for new buildings built in very high fire risk zones/areas.
Author(s)
Habte,
Mooneghi,
Baheru,
Zisis,
Chowdhury,
Masters,
Irwin
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Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
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Description
Study showcasing the location of the highest uplift force on a hip roof, and thus roofing material needs for the most fasteners and adhesive at this location.
Author(s)
Smith
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NIBS
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Description
Article discussing structural and nonstructural building components and illustrates a variety of wind-induced damages, including wind-driven rain infiltration.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
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FEMA
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Fact sheet describing ways to properly flash windows and doors to resist water intrusion in coastal environments; also published in FEMA P-499 “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: Technical Fact Sheet Series.”
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Fact sheet describing flashing detail concepts for window and door openings that provide adequate resistance to water intrusion in coastal environments, do not depend solely on sealants, are integral with secondary weather barriers (e.g., housewrap), and are adequately attached to the wall...
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Brown
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National Research Council Canada
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Research study describing an evaluation of selected windows undertaken by IRC researchers at Ottawa’s Laurier House (now being used as a museum) to determine their effectiveness in controlling condensation.
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Efficient Windows Collaborative
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Efficient Windows Collaborative
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The Window Selection Tool will take you through a series of design conditions pertaining to your design and location.
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University of Florida IFAS Extension
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University of Florida IFAS Extension
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Fact sheet describing impact-resistant window systems with specifics on Florida’s building codes.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
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FEMA
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Windows, doors, and opening protection chapter from FEMA's Local Officials Guide for Coastal Construction.