Library

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)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Document presenting some of the key technical properties of many of the most common building materials.
Author(s)
Cassie Krejci,
John Muncaster
Organization(s)
TERM Barriers by Polyguard Products
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Description
An article describing a way to protect drain and ventilation holes in brick veneer siding against pest. Selecting a fine screen mesh opening (1/55-inch or 0.5-mm) is important to guard against small insects such as subterranean termites.
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Green Building Advisor
Organization(s)
Green Building Advisor
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Description
Website providing CAD files and drawings of advanced framing details.
Author(s)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Description
A website providing FEMA publications to assist communities in making their buildings more resilient to the impacts of high winds.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Document with the Quality Control Checklist developed as both a guide to assist in the transition to high performance home building, and as a simplified tool to be used as part of any builder's on-site quality control procedures.
Author(s)
Sullivan
Organization(s)
Earth Advantage Institute,
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
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Description
Training manual on how to locate ducts within conditioned space and compact design.
Author(s)
Structural Insulated Panel Association
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Structural Insulated Panel Association
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Description
Guide informing builders and developers about efficient building practice for constructing homes with structural insulated panels.
Author(s)
Ueno,
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Report about the fundamental concepts that must be understood at the planning or initial nspection of existing homes regarding surface and ground water management.
Author(s)
CARB
Organization(s)
CARB
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Description
Reference covering the installation of ductwork in unconditioned attics to reduce the overall heating and cooling costs of residential buildings.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s)
EPA
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Description
The EPA Burn Wise program promotes the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right appliance.
Author(s)
Wieber
Organization(s)
NW Seismic
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Description
A website containing a video series by NW Seismic illustrating how a seismic retrofit should be done and ways they are done incorrectly.
Author(s)
California Legislative Information
Organization(s)
California Legislative Information
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Description
Description of California Senate Bill SB 1898, which requires the sale of new seismic gas shutoff devices sold in California to be certified by the State Architect.
Author(s)
California Contractors State License Board
Organization(s)
California Contractors State License Board
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Description
California State Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 8, Article 3, listing requirements for plumbing contractors.
Author(s)
California Energy Commission
Organization(s)
California Energy Commission
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Description
Website homepage of the California Energy Commission.
Author(s)
California Energy Commission
Organization(s)
California Energy Commission
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Description
Webpage containing California Energy Commission's HVAC design information.
Author(s)
State of California
Organization(s)
State of California
Publication Date
Description
2019 version of California's plumbing code.
Author(s)
Advanced Energy
Organization(s)
Advanced Energy
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Description
Information sheet containing images and descriptions of cantilevers.
Author(s)
Lsibturek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Article describing correct ways to eliminate water damage by incorporating a sacrificial layer to foundation walls and footings.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
BSC
Publication Date
Description
BSC definition of a capillary break.
Author(s)
Koel
Organization(s)
American Technical Publishers
Description
Website with instructructional material for career and technical education.
Author(s)
Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s)
Carpet and Rug Institute
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Description
Standard describing a green labeling program for low VOC carpets.
Author(s)
Carpet and Rug Institute
Organization(s)
CRI
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Description
Carpet and Rug Institute website homepage.
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ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
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Description
ENRGY STAR webpage discussing the basics of certified ceiling fans.
Author(s)
ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
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Description
Website that describes two ceiling fan types and their respective ENERGY STAR eligible product types.
Author(s)
Southface Energy Institute,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Organization(s)
Southface Energy Institute,
ORNL
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet with information about insulating and ventilating attics.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Report about ventilation system design, including central fan integrated supply (CFIS) system, made up of a 6-inch outdoor air intake duct connected to the return side of the air handler with a fan cycling control to make sure the fan runs a programmed minimum amount of time.
Author(s)
Home Ventilating Institute
Organization(s)
HVI
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Description
Website providing an online directory of more than 3,600 residential ventilation products lisiting flowrates, sones, watts, and other performance metrics; all listed products have been tested by the Home Ventilating Institute.
Author(s)
ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
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Description
A website describing a list of common vocabulary used when describing light bulbs.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Description
This is a guide for establishing smoke-free policies in public housing and multifamily properties.
Author(s)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s)
EPA
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Description
Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA evaluates potential risks from new and existing chemicals and acts to address any unreasonable risks chemicals may have on human health and the environment. This website explains the implications of such chemicals.
Author(s)
Spanier,
Scheu,
Brand,
Yang
Organization(s)
PARR,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Gas Technology Institute
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Description
Report identifying housing characteristics and energy use for fifteen single-family housing types and specifies measure packages that provide an optimum level of energy savings based on a BEopt analysis.