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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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Author(s)
Chandler
Organization(s)
Fine Homebuilding
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Description
Article about one way to deal with the cold-water surprise effect of tankless water heaters.
Author(s)
Contractor Magazine
Organization(s)
Contractor Magazine
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Description
Article explaining the importance of expansion tank knowledge.
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ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
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.
Author(s)
Marilou Cheple,
Patrick H. Huelman
Organization(s)
University of Minnesota,
ASHRAE,
ORNL
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Description
Conference paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Thermal Performance of Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings describing moisture from basements and crawlspaces as a source of indoor humidity and providing recommendations for finishing below-grade spaces to limit potential indoor...
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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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Description
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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Description
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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Description
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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Description
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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Description
A webpage providing guidance on increasing the wildfire resistance of a home.
Author(s)
United States Department of Agriculture,
U.S. Forest Service
Organization(s)
USDA,
USFS
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Description
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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Description
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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Description
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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Description
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.
Author(s)
Department of Resource Management Building Division
Organization(s)
County of Shasta California
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Description
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
Organization(s)
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
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Description
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.”
Author(s)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Description
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...
Author(s)
Brown
Organization(s)
National Research Council Canada
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Description
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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Description
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
Organization(s)
University of Florida IFAS Extension
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Description
Fact sheet describing impact-resistant window systems with specifics on Florida’s building codes.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Description
Windows, doors, and opening protection chapter from FEMA's Local Officials Guide for Coastal Construction.
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ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
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Description
ENERGY STAR website to find the best windows by selecting your state and county (or zip code in California) to find your climate zone and learn more about picking the best product for your area.
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Organization(s)
National Weather Service
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Description
Website sharing how to stay safe before, during, and after a winter storm.
Author(s)
University of Missouri Extension
Organization(s)
University of Missouri
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Description
Article describing how generators being used for backup power during outages can lead to safety concerns.
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American Red Cross
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American Red Cross
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Description
Webpage from American Red Cross describing how to stay safe and prepare homes for severe winter weather such as blizzards.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Organization(s)
CDC
Publication Date
Description
Website provides information to prepare for winter storms, prevent cold temperature-related health problems, and protect yourself during all stages of a winter storm.
Author(s)
Aldrich
Organization(s)
Home Energy
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Description
Paper describing sustainable community development.
Author(s)
Curkeet
Organization(s)
Intertek
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Description
Presentation about the combustion properties of wood.
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University of Minnesota
Organization(s)
University of Minnesota
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Description
Information sheet about the moisture properties of wood.
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Florida Division of Emergency Management
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Florida Division of Emergency Management
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Description
A hurricane retrofit guide describing techniques for strengthening roof-to-wall connections for family homes.
Author(s)
Forest Products Laboratory
Organization(s)
USDA
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Description
Report summarizing information on wood as an engineering material, and presents properties of wood and wood-based products of particular concern to the architect and engineer.
Author(s)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Description
Fact sheet describing typical wood-pile-to-beam connections; basic construction guidance for various connection methods, including connections for misaligned piles; and pile bracing connection techniques; also published in FEMA P-499 “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: Technical Fact...
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Washington State Department of Ecology
Organization(s)
Washington State Department of Ecology
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Description
This web site has information about burn bans, which wood burning devices are legal in Washington, why wood smoke is harmful to health, and how to reduce the smoke from your wood burning device.
Author(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Description
Research study describing demonstration homes that provided a wealth of information for the building community in terms of the science, effort, and cost of increasing the energy efficiency of our nations housing stock.
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Report describing Net Zero house design with sloped roof assemblies.