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Guides A-Z

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

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 minimize framing around doors and windows to reduce heat loss.

Guide describing how to frame a wall with minimal wall studs to prevent heat loss through walls.

Guide describing how to properly test the air barrier between the garage and house, and how to ensure the air barrier is tight enough to prevent garage air from entering the home.

Guide describing how to correctly air seal a wall with missing top plates or open wall cavities. 

Guide describing how to insulate a basement to improve the overall thermal performance of the building and provide more dry, usable conditioned space for home occupants and for HVAC equipment.

Guide describing ways to air seal an attached garage in new and existing homes.

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

Guide describing how to air seal bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans.

Guide describing how to air seal doors that are next to unconditioned spaces.

Guide describing ways to seal drywall to the top plate of an exterior wall to air seal the wall cavity.

Guide describing how to air seal duct and flue shafts. 

Guide describing how to air seal electrical wiring throughout a home.

Guide describing how to air seal around light tubes.

Guide describing how to air seal modular home marriage joints.

Guide describing how to air seal the gap between the drywall shaft wall (i.e., common wall) and the structural framing between units in multifamily housing.

Guide describing how to air seal around plumbing and other piping.

Guide describing how to air seal around recessed light fixtures. 

Guide describing how to air seal sill plates in new and existing homes.

Guide describing how to correctly seal structural insulatel panel (SIP) seams.

Guide describing how to air seal a whole-house fan system.

Guide describing how to air seal the rough openings around doors and windows.

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

This guides describes how to insulate and air seal attic knee walls and floor joist cavities under knee walls.

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

Information guide providing background information about air flow in residential buildings.

Information guide providing background information about moisture flow in residential buildings.

Guide describing how to air seal and insulate a cantilevered floor.

Guide describing how to air seal and insulate a ceiling.

Guide describing a complete window replacement in existing homes.

Guide describing options for designing/locating the thermal boundary in new and existing homes.

Guide describing how to install continuous air barriers in exterior walls.

This guide describes installation procedures for continuous rigid insulation to help provide thermal protection, reduce thermal bridging and provide a moisture barrier. 

This guide describes air barrier and insulation installation, along with air sealing for double walls - half or full walls included in a home design as an architectural feature that provides a more dimensional appearance.

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.

Guide describing method for designing and installing ducts in a raised ceiling chase. 

Guide describing how to use a blower door test to determine building envelope air leakage.

This guide provides criteria and installation guidance for ENERGY STAR windows.

Guide describing how to create an air barrier between the garage and the conditioned space above it to prohibit pollutants from entering a home's interior.

Guide describing how to air seal and insulate the floor above an unconditioned basement or crawl space.

Guide describing the air sealing of rim joists on walls connecting homes and attached garages.

Guide describing how to install insulated concrete forms to block excessive heat loss and gain though structural framing.

Guide describing how to install insulation below attic platforms

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

Guide describing how to install low-e exterior storm windows.

Guide describing how to install removable interior storm windows in existing homes.

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