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)
Contractor Magazine
Organization(s)
Contractor Magazine
Publication Date
Description
Article part 2 on servicing high efficiency modcon boilers.
Author(s)
Butler,
Curtis,
Kim,
Roberts,
Sephenson
Organization(s)
NAHB Research Center,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Report describing construction of test homes in Atlanta, GA meeting Building America savings targets and serving as a basis of design for other homes Martin Dodson plans to build within the Serenbe community.
Author(s)
Air Barrier Association of America
Organization(s)
Air Barrier Association of America
Publication Date
Description
Standard providing information about self-adhered sheet air barrier located in the non-accessible part of the wall, and materials to bridge and seal air leakage pathways and gaps.
Author(s)
Christ Arnold
Organization(s)
NIBS
Publication Date
Description
Article outlining the key issues related to the protection of the building envelope against seismic forces.
Author(s)
The Getty Conservation Institute
Organization(s)
The Getty Conservation Institute
Publication Date
Description
Newsletter containing five articles focused on seismic retrofitting.
Author(s)
McCormick
Organization(s)
Woodward Clyde Federal Services and the Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Partnership,
Inc.
Publication Date
Description
Report seeking to teach building contractors and building inspectors the correct methods for doing typical seismic retrofits that have been designed by an engineer or architect or described in a prescriptive standard.
Author(s)
Simpson Strong Tie
Organization(s)
Simpson Strong Tie
Publication Date
Description
Report promoting public safety and welfare by reducing the risk of earthquake-induced damage to existing homes.
Author(s)
Simpson Strong Tie
Organization(s)
Simpson Strong Tie
Publication Date
Description
Report promoting public safety and welfare by reducing the risk of earthquake-induced damage to existing homes.
Author(s)
Lorant
Organization(s)
NIBS
Publication Date
Description
Website providing an introduction to the concepts and principles of seismic design.
Author(s)
Structural Engineers Association of California,
California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Organization(s)
SEAOC,
OSHPD
Publication Date
Description
Web-based tool that uses the USGS web services to retrieve seismic design data and presents it in a report format.
Author(s)
Washington State Department of Health
Organization(s)
WSDOH
Publication Date
Description
A preparedness guide guiding homeowners on how to secure an indoor home water heater safely to wall studs.
Author(s)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
Publication Date
Description
A homeowner's worksheet describing the levels of damage caused by hurricanes and their prevalence across the United States.
Author(s)
Lstiburek
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet about air sealing.
Author(s)
Building Science Corporation
Organization(s)
Building Science Corporation
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet with information about sealing combustion appliances for indoor air quality.
Author(s)
Coble
Organization(s)
Home Energy Magazine
Publication Date
Description
Article describing how insulating and air sealing unfinished attic spaces can lead to reduced energy bills in some homes.
Author(s)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Organization(s)
NREL
Publication Date
Description
Infographic providing details on choosing the right advanced power strip based on your habits to reduce the electricity wasted when your electronic devices are idle.
Author(s)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
Publication Date
Description
A recovery advisory guide providing guidance on existing code requirements as well as recommend best practices for attachment design, installation, and maintenance of rooftop solar panels to increase panel wind resistance in the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria.
Author(s)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s)
FEMA
Publication Date
Description
Fact sheet providing information about proper roof sheathing installation and illustrating fastening methods that will enhance the durability of a building in high-wind areas; also published in FEMA P-499 “Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction: Technical Fact Sheet Series.”
Author(s)
Extension
Organization(s)
Extension Foundation
Publication Date
Description
Website providing information about how to prevent rodent entry in homes.
Author(s)
NAHB Research Center
Organization(s)
NAHB Research Center
Publication Date
Description
Document presenting step-by-step process for installing rigid insulating sheathing over wood studs or house wrap.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet about window retrofit strategies for hot-dry climates.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet about envelope and roof moisture control retrofit for a home.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet describing tankless hot water heating systems in existing homes.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information about a roof retrofit using a metal, cool roof system.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet describing solar hot water systems in existing homes.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet describing tankless hot water heating systems in existing homes.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet describing solar PV upgrade for an existing homes.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet about HVAC equipment design to maximize energy efficiency in the hot-dry climate zone.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet about exterior insulation in the hot-dry climate zones.
Author(s)
Steven Winter Associates
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Information sheet about insulation retrofits for the hot-dry climate zones.
Author(s)
California Energy Commission
Organization(s)
California Energy Commission
Publication Date
Description
This report discusses proposed updates to the pool pumps and motors, and portable electric spas standards in the Appliance Efficiency Regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601 to 1609). These proposed updates are part of the 2012 Appliance Efficiency Rulemaking, Phase I...
Author(s)
Russell,
Sherman,
Rudd
Organization(s)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Document reviewing current and potential ventilation technologies for residential buildings with particular emphasis on North American climates and construction.
Author(s)
Metzger,
Goyl,
Baechler
Organization(s)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
This research paper outlines residential HVAC advanced controls and sensors. It includes a technology review, applications, maintenance and commissioning, occupant behavior and a summary of the state-of-the-art technologies for advanced controls for residential HVAC.
Author(s)
Zoeller,
Shapiro,
Vijayakumar,
Puttagunta
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Report about a deep energy retrofit Cool Energy House.
Author(s)
Anesi
Organization(s)
Air Conditioning,
Heating and Refrigeration (ACHR) News
Publication Date
Description
Article describing how replacing PSC motors with ECMs can boost bottom line and improve customer comfort.
Author(s)
Schoenbauer,
Bohac,
McAlpine,
Hewett
Organization(s)
NorthernSTAR,
University of Minnesota
Publication Date
Description
This project analyzed combined condensing water heaters or boilers and hydronic air coils to provide high efficiency domestic hot water (DHW) and forced air space heating. Called "combi" systems, they provided similar space and water heating performance less expensively than installing two...
Author(s)
Schoenbauer,
Bohac,
Huelman,
Olson,
Hewett
Organization(s)
NorthernSTAR,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date
Description
Report presenting results of a laboratory experiment studying combi systems as a mode to eliminate safety issues associated with natural draft appliances.
Author(s)
Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings
Organization(s)
CARB,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Report about a tool developed to enable users to compare a typical 1970s ranch home against an IECC 2009 code_compliant home of the same configuration and against the 70s base case plus retrofits.
Author(s)
Shapiro,
Aldrich,
Arena
Organization(s)
CARB,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Steven Winter Associates,
SWA
Publication Date
Description
Report describing procedures for increasing sensible efficiencies through increased flow rates across the air handling unit and increased indoor coil sizes.