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Guides A-Z

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

This measure guide describes basic steps for designing an integrated collector storage (ICS) or thermosyphon hot water system.

Guide describing installation procedures for combined space and water heating systems.

Guide describing how to choose ENERGY STAR fans.

This measure guide describes the need to install a mounting surface for equipment related to a future solar photovoltaic installation.

Guide describing how to install jump ducts 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 install efficient kitchen exhaust systems.

Guide describing how to install and test all water-using fixtures, equipment, and appliances to ensure there are no leaks.

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

Guide describing how to install an exhaust fan in an attached garage to pull fumes out of the garage and to depressurize the garage with reference to the home.

Guide describing the use of micro-irrigation systems to reduce water usage in residential landscaping.

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

This measure guide describes the need to install a mounting surface for equipment related to a future solar hot water installation.

Guide describing how to properly apply mulch to landscaping. 

Guide describing water metering in multi-family buildings. 

Guide providing information about installing boiler controls in multifamily housing.

Guide describing how to design HVAC systems to be located within the conditioned space of the home, either in a utility closet or in an air sealed conditioned attic, basement, or crawl space.

Guide outlining how to correctly install flex ducts without excessive coils or loops.

Guide outlining how to correctly install flex ducts without kinks or sharp bends.

Vapor retarders can be a crucial part of the building envelope and can help manage moisture issues to keep the home dry. However, before installing a vapor retarder, installers must be aware that in some instances vapor retarders can increase the likelihood of condensation issues.

Guide describing how to correctly choose building materials.

Guide describing how to install obvious ventilation controls.

Guide describing oil-fired boilers and hot water heat distribution systems used for home heating.

Guide describing how to correctly slope surfaces outside a home to force water to flow away from the edge of the home.

Guide describing insulation of piping in exterior walls.

Guide describing why planting ground covers on steep slopes without irrigation prevents erosion. 

Guide describing how to correctly vent a clothes dryer.

This guide describes proper installation of high-MERV furnace and air-handler filters.

Guide describing how to install a radon mitigation fan with various types of house foundations.

Guide describing ways to reduce access to bugs, rodents and other pests through openings in a home.

Guide describing how to install energy efficient refrigerators in new and exisitng homes.

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

Guide describing removal of construction debris from flex ducts and protection of ducts and HVAC equipment during construction to keep them free of dust and debris.

A guide for choosing and installing roof anchoring systems for solar panels.

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.

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 install step and kick-out flashing on roofs.

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