Guides A-Z

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

This guide describes IECC 2012 and DOE Zero Energy Ready Home insulation requirements.

This measure guide describes the need to install a dedicated dual-pole circuit breaker for a future solar photovoltaic installation.

Guide describing air sealing of the seams and holes in HVAC air handler and furnace cabinets.

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.

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 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 air seal a whole-house fan system.

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

This measure guide describes basic steps for designing and installing an indirect (anti-freeze) solar hot water system.

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

This measure guide describes the need to provide an architectural drawing for a future solar photovoltaic installation.

This measure guide describes the need to provide an architectural drawing for a future solar hot water installation. 

Guide providing information about constructing a roof with full insulation at the eaves.

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.

Guide describing how to install back-draft dampers in exhaust fans to make a shared duct possible.

Guide describing how to install WaterSense® labeled bathroom and kitchen sink faucets and accessories.

Guide describing how to install a bathroom fan to remove excess moisture, cleaning chemical fumes, etc.

Guide describing the bathroom exhaust fan ENERGY STAR rating requirements.

Guide describing the use of building cavities as supply or return ducts.

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

Information guide providing background information about heat 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 create a capillary break at all crawlspace floors using polyethylene sheeting to manage moisture in crawlspaces.

Guide describing appropriate flooring for wet areas of the home.

This measure guide describes basic steps for installing ceiling fans.

Guide describing how to air seal and insulate a ceiling.

Guide describing how to install moisture-resistant materials on walls behind showers and tubs to help manage moisture.

Guide describing Indoor airPLUS construction specifications for carpets.

Guide describing Indoor airPLUS construction specifications for low-VOC pressed wood materials.

Guide describing Indoor airPLUS construction specifications for low/no VOC paints and finishes.

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.

Information guide outlining ENERGY STAR specifications for clothes washers.

Guide describing how to conduct combustion appliance zone testing.

Guide describing combustion furnaces with compliance and installation guidance.

Guide describing how to choose and install a carbon monoxide alarm.

Guide describing correct ducting for exhaust fans.

Guide describing design and installation of compact duct systems for central heating and cooling systems.

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