Guides A-Z

Guide describing how to provide combustion air for fireplaces and how to test fireplaces for combustion safety.

Guide describing how to apply flashing to the bottom of exterior walls to create a continuous drainage plane.

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 how to help drain water away from the perimeter footing.

Guide describing how to install flashings to help direct water down and out at all the openings in a wall system.

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

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

Guide providing information about geothermal (ground-source) heat pumps including an overview of technology and guidance on compliance and installation.

Guide describing sizing and installation of foundation heat exchangers, which can be connected to a heat pump system used for spacing conditioning as well as domestic water heating.

Guide describing the installation of gutters, downspouts, and alternate options for managing rainwater run-off from roof.

This guide provides information about heat pump water heaters.

Guide describing lighting choices and installation procedures in new and existing homes.

This guide describes the uses, selection process, and specification of high-MERV filters.

Guide describing how to thoroughly seal HVAC ducts to ensure air delivery without leakage, and to ensure economical and quiet performance of the HVAC system.

Guide describing how to insert a replacement window in an existing home.

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

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

Guide describing air sealing of non-ICAT recessed lights installed in accessible attics of existing homes.

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.

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 low-e permanent interior storm windows.

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.

Information guide describing WaterSense requirements for outdoor ornamental water features.

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. 

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