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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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SFGate
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SFGate
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News article from SFGate explaining and giving figures on how chimney failure is the most common type of damage to homes during an earthquake.
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ENERGY STAR
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ENERGY STAR
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Description
A simple three-step guide for homeowners who are looking to replace existing light bulbs with more energy-efficient, higher-performing bulbs.
Author(s)
Fisette
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University of Massachusetts
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Information sheet discussing how OSB will define the future of the structural sheathing market. OSB will define the future of the structural sheathing market. - See more at: http://bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/by-title/choosing-between-oriented-strandboard-and-plywood/#sthash.RilEtDpl.dpuf
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Gifford
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American Boiler Manufacturers Association
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Part 2 of an article discussing how to maximize two-pipe steam systems for resident space heating.
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EPA
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EPA
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A list of EPA-certified wood-burning appliances for home heating for a range of budgets.
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Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation
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Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation
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Description
Installation manual for installing metal panel siding.
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North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
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North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
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Manual showing duct cleaning contractors how to identify the different types of insulated air ducts, how to open each type for access by cleaning equipment and personnel, how to close and seal openings after cleaning.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA
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Description
A website explaining how to quickly clean up a broken compact fluorescent lightbulb.
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Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s)
Air Barrier Association of America
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Description
Standard providing master specifications for air barrier assemblies that will provide guidance to the design professional in the development of the final project specifications.
Author(s)
Dastur,
Davis
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Home Energy Magazine
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Description
Article describing how closed crawlspaces can do "double duty" by controlling moisture and providing energy savings.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Fact sheet providing guidance and best practices on the selection of building materials used for coastal construction, and discussing flood, wind, corrosion, decay resistance, and protection recommendations; also published in FEMA P-499 “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: Technical Fact...
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
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Fact sheet describing how coastal construction requirements differ from those for inland construction, and discusses the characteristics that make for a successful coastal residential building, including design and construction recommendations for achieving building success; also published in FEMA P...
Author(s)
Frost-Tift,
Mahadevia,
Mills Reeder,
Sheldon,
Squerciati
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Department of City Planning,
New York City
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Description
Report describing retrofitting options and methodology for architects, developers, and property owners to use when making decisions about retrofits for common building types in NY.
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Department of Energy
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DOE
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Description
IECC code note explaining new fan efficacy requirements, along with how to determine which fans are affected by the new fan requirements.
Author(s)
Kosny,
Fallahi,
Shukla
Organization(s)
Fraunhofer CSE,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Description
Research study investigating the energy performance and cost effectiveness of several state-of-the-art retrofit strategies that could be used in residential houses in the Boston and New England area.
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Colorado Geological Survey
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Colorado Geological Survey
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Description
Information sheet discussing building foundation problems caused by settling soil in Colorado.
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ENERGY STAR
Organization(s)
ENERGY STAR
Description
A website explaining the various shades of light, from warm to cool colors, with a visual diagram illustrating the various shades of light.
Author(s)
Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE
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Description
Information sheet summarizing inspection and testing of combustion appliances taught during the 2006 Florida whole-house weatherization training as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hot Climate Initiative.
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Building Performance Institute
Organization(s)
Building Performance Institute
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Description
The following combustion appliance safety inspection must be completed to determine if fossil fuel-fired appliances are operating safely under a depressurized condition.
Author(s)
Engelmann,
Roth,
Tiefenbeck
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Fraunhofer CSE,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Description
Report documenting the results of an in-depth evaluation of thermal comfort for two potential net zero-energy homes (NZEHs) in Massachusetts.
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Building Science Corporation
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Building Science Corporation
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Description
Brochure explaining the essential basis for advanced framing and some of the more common advanced framing details.
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Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Brochure providing information about flashing.
Author(s)
Mark Parlee
Organization(s)
The Building Consultant
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Description
An article illustrating common errors found in fiber cement siding installations. Many of these errors and poor flashing examples apply to siding materials beyond fiber cement siding.
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Building Science Corporation
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Building Science Corporation,
BSC
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Description
Report investigating the nature, strength, and durability of connections between high performance dwellings and developments.
Author(s)
Mallay
Organization(s)
Home Innovation Research Labs
Description
Report on heating and cooling air-distribution ducts that are insulated, installed close to the ceiling in a vented attic and covered with attic insulation to minimize energy loss.
Author(s)
Maguire,
Fang,
Wilson
Organization(s)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Description
Research report providing a comparison of the most common residential water heating technologies to determine energy-efficient and cost-effective water heating technologies are when subjected to a variety of typical operating conditions.
Author(s)
Cunningham,
Hannigan
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NorthernSTAR,
University of Minnesota
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Description
Research study comparing various retrofit models in Wisconsin to evaluate performance in terms of savings per home and program cost per home to assess the relative cost effectiveness of each program design.
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Green Building Advisor
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Green Building Advisor
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Description
Document containing a 3D drawing (CAD) of advanced framing details.
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Tile Roofing Institute,
Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA)
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Tile Roofing Institute,
Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA)
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Description
Installation manual outlining proper installation practices, industry standards and the code requirements of roofing tiles.