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Guides A-Z

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 sill plates in new and existing homes.

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

Guide describing how to avoid using wet materials and reduce moisture exposure in construction.

Guide describing appropriate flooring for wet areas of the home.

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.

Guide describing how to install slab edge insulation when retrofitting existing slab-on-grade foundations.

Guide describing how to conduct a home performance assessment before beginning retrofit projects in existing homes.

Guide describing how to correctly choose building materials.

Information guide describing how to assess attics, ceilings and roofs before proceeding with upgrades in existing homes.


Information guide describing pre-retrofit actions to take to assess for asbestos, volatile organic comounds (VOCs) soil gasses including radon and lead.

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 install stucco over rigid foam insulaiton in new and existing homes.

Guide describing the design and installation considerations for recladding of above grade walls using insulated vinyl siding.