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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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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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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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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Weather Proofing America
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Weather Proofing America
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East Bay Municipal Utility District
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Alliance for Water Efficiency
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Report describing practices and considerationsfor more efficient water use in pools, spas, and fountains.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA
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Resource that provides guidance when choosing products that meet WaterSense program requirements.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s)
EPA
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Website providing a searchable list of products that meet the EPA WaterSense criteria for water savings.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s)
EPA
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Resource that establishes the criteria for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA
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Resource that provides a checklist of program criteria for water-efficient new homes under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program.
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San Diego County Fire Authority
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San Diego County
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A San Diego County standard outlining the requirements for installing fire protection water tanks.
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World Health Organization
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World Health Organization
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This text is one of series of supporting documents that provide guidance on implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality. It is intended to support improvement of water safety within buildings.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s)
EPA
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Guide describing details that serve as a visual reference for each of the line items in the Water Management System Builder Checklist.
Author(s)
Smegal,
Lstiburek
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Building Science Corporation
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Description
Report summarizing current research, summarizes issues that have been experienced with current best practices, and recommends ways in which the best practices can be improved for water managing sheathings.
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Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Document outlining a well-detailed drainage plane and flashings.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s)
EPA
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Information sheet with the Waste Reduction Model (WARM), designed to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from several different waste management practices.
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Building Enclosure Moisture Management Institute
Organization(s)
Building Enclosure Moisture Management Institute
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Description
A presentation about the need for rainscreens including the damage water and moisture ingress into a home’s siding and framing can cause, and ways to design a resilient wall that drains and ventilates well.
Author(s)
Bajnai
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Chesterfield County,
VA Building Department
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Description
A guide describing how to do wall bracing calculations and evaluations.
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Verona,
WI Building Department
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Verona,
WI Building Department
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Description
Document describing wall bracing techniques and suggestions for the city of Verona, WI building department.
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Quarles
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Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
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Report covering the migration of wind-blown embers in roof vents.
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American Plywood Association
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American Plywood Association
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Standard that provides expanded and updated requirements for producing, marketing, and specifying plywood for construction and industrial uses.
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Vinyl Siding Institute
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Vinyl Siding Institute
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Description
Website describing proper methods for installing vinyl siding on homes.
Author(s)
Herderson,
Dentz,
Doty
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ARIES,
Levy Partnership
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Description
Research study developed and verified a fuel oil flow field measurement protocol that is cost effective and can be performed with little training for use by the BB program as well as other weatherization programs and building science researchers.
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Gromicko
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International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
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Document outlining important safety considerations of ventless fireplaces.
Author(s)
Rudd,
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
This report describes how twenty homes were tested and monitored in the Zone 2 climate of Houston, Texas, U.S.A., to evaluate the humidity control performance and operating cost of six different integrated dehumidification and ventilation systems that could be applied by production homebuilders.
Author(s)
Puttagunta
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Description
Information sheet about proper ventilation and air sealing.
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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NREL
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NREL webpage with information to keep attic ventilation up to code and protected from wind washing.
Author(s)
Roberts,
Lay
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
EnerNOC
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Report discussing the measured variability in indoor space temperatures in a set of 60 homes located in Florida, New York, Oregon, and Washington.
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Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Information sheet providing information about vapor management.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Information sheet providing information about vapor management.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Information sheet providing information about vapor management.
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National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s)
NREL
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Report about a project with successful integration of numerous energy-conservation and renewable-energy features into a beautiful, comfortable, and very energy-efficient off-grid home.
Author(s)
Aldrich,
Walsh,
Swift
Organization(s)
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA,
CARB,
Western Massachusettes Electric Company,
Northeast Utilities
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Description
Report summarizing results from a study in Massachusetts that aimed to upgrade existing homes and incorporate solar thermal systems.