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Guides A-Z

This guide describes IECC 2009 and 2012 and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes insulation requirements.

This guide describes IECC 2015 and DOE Zero Energy Ready Home insulation requirements.

This guide provides information about installing Insulating sheathing above the roof deck on existing homes. This retrofit assembly is appropriate for homes with conditioned attics or where the retrofit is intended to create a conditioned attic.

Guide describing how to frame and insulate corners to reduce the heat loss and gain though structural framing.

Guide describing how to insulate headers over doors and windows to reduce heat loss and heat gain through solid wood framing.

Guide describing how to frame and insulate exterior-to-interior wall intersections to reduce the heat loss and gain though structural framing.

Guide describing how to air seal attic access panels, doors, and stairs to provide a continuous air barrier at the ceiling.

Guide describing a method for insulating an unvented attic by spraying foam insulation along the underside of the roof deck.

Guide providing information about constructing a roof with full insulation at the eaves, and insulating eaves in existing homes.

Guide describing application of a radiant barrier layer in the attic to block radiant heat transfer between hot surfaces and heat-absorbing surfaces.

Guide describing how to achieve RESNET Grade 1 installation standards, and meet/exceed code using batt insulation in existing walls. 

Guide describing how to increase insulation in existing homes by installing batt insulation on the ceiling plane of a vented attic.

Guide describing how to add spray foam insulation to the underside of the existing roof deck.

Guide describing blown insulation into exterior wall cavities of existing homes with minimal disruption to occupants.

Guide describing how to insulate a vented attic in an existing home using blown insulation added to the attic floor.

Guide describing construction and insulation techniques for double wall framing.

Guide describing how to insulate and air seal dropped ceilings and soffits to prevent air leakage.

This guides describes buried ducts in loose-fill attic insulation, a method that can only be used in dry climates.

This guide describes approaches to buryng and encapsulating ducts in unconditioned attics to increase the overall R-value of duct insulation.

Guide for designing and installing interior ducts in an interstitial floor cavity in new and existing homes.

Guide that illustrates how and when to encapsulate ductwork in unconditioned attics, increases the R-value of duct insulation, mitigating condensation issues and reducing air leakage.

Guide describing how to install slab edge insulation when retrofitting existing slab-on-grade foundations.

Guide describing how to insulate a new foundation wall or an existing foundation wall by adding rigid insulation to the exterior side.

Guide illustrating how to insulate a floor over unconditioned space with conditioned space above by adding insulation and air sealing.

Guide describing how to upgrade a wall with a floor overhang (or cantilever) on an existing home by adding rigid insulating sheating and or closed-cell spray foam insulation and air sealing.

Guide with information about how to upgrade a garage ceiling when a portion of the interior of the house is located directly above the attached garage by adding insulation and air sealing.

Guide describing how to install insulation below attic platforms

Guide describing how to upgrade a crawlspace floor in an existing home by adding insulation.

This guide describes RESNET Grade 1 level installation of insulation in walls, attics, and floors.

Guide describing principles of insulating band joists as a stand alone energy upgrade, or as part of creating a closed crawlspace.

Guide describing how to apply an air control layer directly over existing wall sheathing, and cover by two layers of insulating sheathing held in place by vertical furring strips.

Guide describing how to upgrade walls that separate the garage from the house by providing a continuous air control layer on the garage side of the wall and adding rigid foam insulation.

Guide describing how to insulate an existing slab floor by adding rigid foam insulation over the slab then installing a floating subfloor.

Guide outlining how to retrofit an exterior wall and/or attic to provide continuous air sealing.

Guide describing insulation techniques for skylight shaft walls.

Guide describing how to insulate slabs on grade in climate zones 4 and higher.

Guide describing how to install spray foam on the exterior of the existing home after framing over the existing siding.

Guide describing how to apply spray foam insulation to ceilings in existing homes.

Guide describing how to insulate the walls of an existing home with spray foam insulation.

Guide describing how to insulate an existing foundation wall by adding spray foam insulation to the interior side of the wall.

Guide describing how to install stucco over rigid foam insulaiton in new and existing homes.

Guide describing methods for insulating an unvented attic along the roof line.

Guide describing methods for insulating an unvented crawlspace or conditioned basement with rigid foam on the interior side of the walls to provide an insulated space for HVAC equipment.

Guide describing the design and installation considerations for recladding of above grade walls using insulated vinyl siding.

This guide describes how to install a rigid air barrier to separate the porch attic from the conditioned space. 

Guide describing wind washing and how to prevent it.