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Guide describing how to apply heavy membranes at valley/roof deck penetrations in wet climates to help drain water away below the roofing.

Guide describing how to apply heavy membranes at eaves in cold climates to help guard against ice dams.

Guide describing how to air seal and insulate fiber board ducts.

Guide describing how to air seal and insulate flex ducts.

Guide describing how to air seal and insulate metal ducts.

Guide describing how to air seal around duct shafts and flues installed through ceilings, walls and flooring in new and existing homes.

Guide describing service water pressure requirements for EPA's WaterSense Program.

Guide describing how to install WaterSense® labeled showerheads.

Guide describing insulation techniques for skylight shaft walls.

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

Install Tier 1, master-slave, load-sensing advanced power strips in entertainment centers and computer stations.

Guide describing how to reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in multi-family buildings.

This measure guide describes basic steps for designing a thermosiphon solar hot water system. 

This guide describes procedures for assessing feasibility of solar resources, and designating location of propolsed PV arrays and solar thermal panels.

This measure guide describes the need to install a plumbing and wiring chase for a future solar hot water installation.

This information guide describes the need to install a solar bypass valve on the existing hot water tank for a future solar hot water system installation.

Guide describing sprinkler irrigation landscape watering practices for water efficiency.

Guide describing how to create a fully aligned air barrier behind a staircase.

Guide describing how to install step and kick-out flashing on roofs.

This measure guides describes how to install structural insulated panels to block excessive heat loss and gain though structural framing. 

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

This measure guide describes how to correctly install ducts, ensuring enough cavity space to avoid compression.

Guide describing the need for covers on sump pumps in the basement or crawlspace of a home.

Guide describing how to hang ducts with supporting straps or saddles to adequately support ducts so they do not sag and are not pinched or compressed in a manner that would cause damage to the ducts, the duct insulation, or the duct air barrier covering.

Guide describing techniques for installing insulating sheathing as a continuous drainage plane on walls.

Guide describing the use and testing of programmable thermostats.

Guide describign how to analyze boiler and building performanceand install thermostatic radiator valves (TRV) to reduce temperatures in over heated spaces.

Guide describing toilet and urinal requirements and selection for EPA's WaterSense program.

Guide describing how to conduct duct leakage tests per RESNET protocols.

Guide describing the split system heat pumps used for central forced air heating and cooling.

Guide describing how to install transfer grilles in bedroom walls to balance air pressures between rooms and to enable stale air to return to a central heating system's air handler for reconditioning even when room doors are closed.

Guide describing how to undercut the doors  in bedroom walls to balance air pressures between rooms and to enable stale air to return to a central heating system's air handler for reconditioning even when room doors are closed.

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

Guide describing how to properly ventilate un-vented combustion appliances such as sealed fireplaces.

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.

This measure guide describes the need to leave space for a solar hot water tank in the home’s utility room.

Guide describing replacement of a single-speed pool pump with variable-speed pump.

This information guide describes the need for ventilating a home before occupancy to reduce the concentration of VOC emissions in the home.

Guide describing how to install ventilation air inlets in open locations at a safe distance from potential air contamination sources.

Guide describing how to install a radon-mitigating vertical ventilation pipe in existing homes with various types of house foundations.

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

This guide describes how to install a rigid air barrier to walls behind fireplaces.

This guide describes how to install a rigid air barrier to walls behind showers and tubs.

Guide describing how to determine an efficient and effective water softener. 

Guide describing how to design a water-efficient landscape that will minimize the need for supplemental water by using the WaterSense® Water Budget Tool.

This guide describes how to install a whole-building ventilation system to provide adequate dilution of indoor air contaminants. 

Guide describing additional requirements for HVAC systems in warm-humid climates to operate in a dehumidification mode to maintain indoor relative humidity at or below 60 percent.

Guide describing wind washing and how to prevent it.

Guide describing how to modify an existing window sash for high-efficient windows. 

This guide describes the need for installing a wiring conduit for future solar photovoltaic installations.  

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