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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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American Society for Testing and Materials
Organization(s)
ASTM
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Description
Specification describing criteria for manufactured polymetric materials used to provide a rainscreen function, a means for the drainage of liquid moisture and the ventilation of vapor moisture that enters an above-grade exterior wall assembly.
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American Society for Testing and Materials
Organization(s)
ASTM
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Webpage for searching all of ASTM's standards, books, journals, and technical articles.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Fact sheet describing recommended practices for installing brick veneer that will enhance wind resistance in high wind regions and examples of proper installations and brick veneer tie spacings; also published in FEMA P-499 “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: Technical Fact Sheet Series.”...
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Document providing background and approach for the prep work necessary prior to adding attic insulation - focusing on combustion safety, ventilation for indoor air quality, and attic ventilation for durability.
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U.S. Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE
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Description
Guidelines assisting contractors with attic air sealing via the DOE Building Technologies Program.
Author(s)
Neuhauser
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
BSC
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Description
Report about a project that examines implementation of advanced retrofit measures in the context of a large-scale weatherization program and the archetypal Chicago, Illinois, brick bungalow.
Author(s)
Mallay,
Kochkin
Organization(s)
Home Innovation Research Labs
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Description
This report outlines research activities that are expected to facilitate the adoption of energy retrofits by remodeling contractors and roofing contractors using retrofit panels. The results of this research will be applicable to many existing house designs in most climates and markets. The...
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City of Berkeley
Organization(s)
City of Berkeley
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Description
Brochure for gas customers describing city’s automatic gas shutoff valve installation and training program.
Author(s)
Oscar Castillo
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4 Home Sales Realty
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Description
Article describing different types of earthquake shut-off valves for home buyers.
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Report covering interior energy retrofits of masonry buildings.
Author(s)
Yost
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Journal of Light Construction
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Description
Article describing the building science implications of insulating vented or unvented attics.
Author(s)
Yost
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Journal of Light Construction
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Description
Article describing the research into insulating vented versus unvented attics.
Author(s)
Yost
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Green Building Advisor
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Article describing different kinds of water-resistant backer boards.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Report describing approaches to insulating basements in homes built to meet Energy Star.
Author(s)
Southface Energy Institute
Organization(s)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Description
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Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Information sheet describing techniques for insulating basements.
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Town of Los Gatos California
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Town of Los Gatos California
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Description
A webpage outlining recommendations for creating defensible space.
Author(s)
Acker,
Klein
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Home Energy
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Description
Article describing how demand plumbing systems send cold water back to the water heater until hot water arrives at the sink, shower or other fixture where it is needed.
Author(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Organization(s)
PNNL
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Case study about Artistic Homes of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the first home builder in the United States to offer true net zero energy construction to the average home buyer on every home it builds.
Author(s)
Cooperative Extension Service
Organization(s)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperate Extension Service,
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation,
Cornell Cooperative Extension
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Description
Web-based manual providing guidance for removal and preventing entry of nuisance wildlife.
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Hammer & Hand
Organization(s)
Hammer & Hand
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This Best Practices Manual is the product of Hammer & Hand’s ongoing work to document and internally codify our standard operating procedures for construction practice.
Author(s)
Baechler,
Gilbride,
Hefty,
Cole,
Adams,
Butner,
Oritz,
Love
Organization(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Description
Report describing measures that builders in mixed-humid climates can use to build homes that have whole-house energy savings of 40% over the Building America benchmark with no added overall costs for consumers.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
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FEMA
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Document discussing methods to bioengineer stabilization of shorelines using living and non-living plant materials in combination, known as the “Living Shorelines” concept.
Author(s)
Zuluaga
Organization(s)
Home Energy
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Description
Document explaining why a vapor retarder that changes permeability with changing relative humidity provides added protection against moisture problems in exterior walls.
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Brick Industry Association
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Brick Industry Association
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Description
Code determining the frequency of the weep holes and other brick masonry rain screen wall requirements.
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Research study discussing how housewraps restrict or permit the passage of water molecules based on size, but cannot control the direction in which the water vapor molecules move.