Guides A-Z

This measure guide describes basic steps for designing a drainback solar hot water system.

Guide describing installation of sump pumps in the basement or crawlspace of a home.

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

Guide describing how to conduct duct leakage tests on all components of the HVAC system (including the air handler, ductwork, register boxes/boots, and all air devices such as diffusers, registers, or grilles).

Guide describing how to install ducted returns to provide conditioned air to all parts of the house and return stale air to the furnace for reconditioning.

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.

This guide describes evaporative cooling technologies which can be used to cool homes in dry climates.

Guide describing how to apply water management strategies to below grade walls.

Guide describing how to help drain water away from the perimeter footing.

Guide describing how to properly grade a site so water will not saturate the soil, and penetrate into the foundation.

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 install a continuous rigid air barrier or other supporting material to separate the exterior from the conditioned space.

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 how to install pan flashing to help drain water away all the openings in a wall system.

Guide describing installation of a fully sealed continuous weather resistance barrier to help drain water away from above-grade walls.

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 describing the need for covers on sump pumps in the basement or crawlspace of a home.

Guide providing information about geothermal heat pumps including an overview of technology and guidance on compliance and installation.

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 how to apply heavy membranes at eaves in cold climates to help guard against ice dams. This measure applies to cold climates only.

Guide describing how to apply heavy membranes at valley/roof deck penetrations in wet climates to help drain water away below the roofing.

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

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

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

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

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 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 determine proper insulation levels for ducts in unconditioned spaces.

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 at each bedroom ensure a continuous flow of heating and cooling even when the doors are closed.

Guide describing how to install efficient kitchen exhaust systems.

Guide describing how to air seal around light tubes.

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