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 guide provides information about installing Insulating sheathing above the roof deck on existing homes. This retrofit assembly is appropriate for homes with conditioned attics or where the retrofit is intended to create a conditioned attic.

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

Guide describing how to air seal attic access panels, doors and stairs in order to provide a continuous air barrier.

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

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 air seal bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans.

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

Guide describing a complete window replacement in existing homes.

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

Guide describing construction and insulation techniques for double wall framing.

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 how to insulate and air seal dropped ceilings and soffits to prevent air leakage.

This guides describes buried ducts in loose-fill attic insulation, a method that can only be used in dry climates.

This guide describes approaches to buryng and encapsulating ducts in unconditioned attics to increase the overall R-value of duct insulation.

Guide describing method for installing ducts in a duct chase above a dropped ceiling.

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

Guide that illustrates how and when to encapsulate ductwork in unconditioned attics, increases the R-value of duct insulation, mitigating condensation issues and reducing 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 install a continuous rigid air barrier or other supporting material to separate the exterior from the conditioned space.

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

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 describing how to frame and insulate corners to reduce the heat loss and gain though structural framing.

Guide describing how to insulate headers to reduce the heat loss and gain though structural framing.

Guide describing how to frame and insulate wall intersections to reduce the 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 air seal around light tubes.

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

Guide describing how to install low-e permanent interior storm windows.

Guide describing how to minimize framing around doors and windows to reduce heat loss.

Guide describing how to correctly place studs to prevent heat loss through walls.

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 install fully-aligned air barriers in exterior walls.

Guide describing insulation of piping in exterior walls.

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

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

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

Guide describing how to air seal around recessed light fixtures. 

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

Guide describing principles of insulating band joists as a stand alone energy upgrade, or as part of creating a closed crawlspace.

Guide describing how to air seal duct and flue shafts. 

Guide with information about how to seal sheetrock to the top plate to create an air tight wall cavity.

Guide describing how to air seal sill plates.

Guide describing insulation techniques for skylight shaft walls.

Guide describing how to insulate slabs on grade in climate zones 4 and higher.

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