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)
Cushman
Organization(s)
The Journal of Light Construction
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Article describing how adhesives can be used to make homes in high-wind locations stronger and how adhesives could be too effective resulting in overloading foundation anchors under earthquake loads.
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USGS
Organization(s)
USGS
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Description
Webpage for the United States Geological Survey for the Department of the Interior.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency
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FEMA
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Description
Technical fact sheet highlighting important building connections and illustrating the proper use of various types of connection hardware; also published in FEMA P-499 “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: Technical Fact Sheet Series.”
Author(s)
NorthernSTAR
Organization(s)
NorthernSTAR,
University of Minnesota
Description
Presentation for residential energy efficiency stakeholder meeting.
Author(s)
Kohta
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Document summarizing the various papers on unvented conditioned cathedralized attics found on BSC's website.
Author(s)
Schumacher
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Report reviewing unvented roof assemblies, such as conditioned attics and unvented cathedral ceilings that are becoming common in North American construction.
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International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
Organization(s)
IAPMO
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Description
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has been protecting the public’s health and safety for ninety-three years by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world. Main website.
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Information sheet describing the function of a vapor barrier, and methods to retard the migration of water vapor.
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Report providing guidance about whether to construct a vented or unvented attic based on hygro-thermal zone.
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Information sheet providing definitions, applications, and techniques for applying air barriers.
Author(s)
Christian
Organization(s)
ASHRAE
Description
Case study about affordable housing in a mixed, humid climate.
Author(s)
Marty Ahrens
Organization(s)
NFPA
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Description
A report examining the presence, reliability, effectiveness, and impact of sprinkler systems in structure fires.
Author(s)
Colon,
VonThoma
Organization(s)
NorthernSTAR,
University of Minnesota
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Description
This report documents the process and outcomes involved in achieving the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program certification standards while helping homebuilders in Climate Zones 5 and 6 in the Upper Midwest achieve ZERH certification.
Author(s)
U.S,
Climate Resilience Toolkit
Organization(s)
NOAA
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Description
Website providing guidance for people to find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience.
Author(s)
Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE
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Description
Website with consumer information about various types of lighting.
Author(s)
Department of Energy
Organization(s)
DOE
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Description
Information sheet about types and installation of insulation.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
BSC
Publication Date
Description
Webpage describing transfer ducts and grilles for HVAC.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Information sheet about transfer ducts and grilles.
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National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Organization(s)
National Wildfire Coordinating Group
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Description
Online course describing the behavior of wildfires for firefighters.
Author(s)
Structural Insulated Panel Association
Organization(s)
Structural Insulated Panel Association
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
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Description
Report discussing Building America whole house systems research within the broad effort to reduce or eliminate the environmental impact of building and provides specific recommendations for future Building America research based on Building Science Corporations experience with several recent...
Author(s)
Miller,
Kosny,
Shrestha,
Christian,
Karagozis,
Kohler,
Dinse
Organization(s)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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Description
Report about four homes in the Tennessee Valley built to showcase 50% greater energy efficiency compared to homes built to local code.
Author(s)
Thompson
Organization(s)
Code Watcher: Ahead of the Building Curve
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Description
Website article touring areas hit hardest by tornadoes to see how they are building differently to protect against the next big twister.
Author(s)
Gifford
Organization(s)
Home Energy Magazine
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Description
Article describing how an affordable multifamily building achieved energy savings for the same cost as code-minimum construction.
Author(s)
Think Wood
Organization(s)
Think Wood
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Author(s)
Dentz,
Ansanelli
Organization(s)
ARIES,
Levy Partnership
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Description
In this project aimed to better understand the current usage of TRVs by key market players in steam and hot water heating and to conduct limited experiments on the effectiveness of new and old TRVs as a means of controlling space temperatures and reducing heating fuel consumption.
Author(s)
McNamara
Organization(s)
NYSERDA
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Description
This report describes the results of a multiyear research project that investigated the energy savings attributable to thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) installed on one-pipe steam distribution systems.
Author(s)
Christian,
Kosny
Organization(s)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Description
Report proposing a procedure for estimating the whole opaque wall R-value (whole-wall R-value), independent of system type and construction materials.
Author(s)
Christensen
Organization(s)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Description
Research study investigating the thermal efficiency of fasteners, namely drywall screws and siding nails, in high-performance wood-framed walls.
Author(s)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s)
EPA
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Description
Guide describing details that serve as a visual reference for each of the line items in the Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist.
Author(s)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization(s)
EPA
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Description
Document providing an overview of the Thermal Bypass Checklist for the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes program.
Author(s)
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Organization(s)
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
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Description
Even as the worst housing market correction in more than 60 years appeared to turn a corner in 2009, the fallout from sharply lower home prices and high unemployment continued.
Author(s)
Hales
Organization(s)
Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date
Description
Article describing the risks associated with vented and unvented crawlspaces in different climate zones.
Author(s)
Doyle
Organization(s)
BIRA,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Description
Research study identifying barriers, industry status, critical obstacles to documenting added value from energy efficiency improvements, current opportunities to support reporting about energy efficiency, and next steps toward enabling energy efficiency financing market transformation.
Author(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings,
NREL
Organization(s)
CARB,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
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Description
Report developed for Habitat for Humanity about lessons learned from demonstration retrofit projects undertaken by Habitat for Humanity affiliates in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; with building systems consulting and technical assistance provided by Steven Winter Associates.