Guides A-Z

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.

Guide describing a complete window replacement in existing homes.

Guide describing compression cooling air conditioning systems for space cooling.

Guide describing condensing boilers and hot water heat distribution systems used for home heating.

Guide describing how to install fully-aligned air barriers in exterior walls.

This guide describes installation procedures for continuous rigid insulation to help provide thermal protection, reduce thermal bridging and provide a moisture barrier. 

Guide describing how to select low sone supply and exhaust fans to ensure quiet, continuous operation.

Guide describing how to install continuous operating exhaust fans.

This measure guide describes effective ways to distribute hot water using core plumbing techniques.

Information guide describing the need to cover all vent openings with wire mesh screen.

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

This measure guide describes effective ways to distribute hot water using demand plumbing techniques. 

Guide describing categories of direct vent combustion space and water heating equipment and combustion safety testing.

Information guide outlining ENERGY STAR specifications for dishwashers.

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 construction and insulation techniques for double wall framing.

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

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.

Information guide describing the use of ECM fan motors in air handlers used for heating, cooling, and ventilation.

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 insulate a new foundation wall or an existing foundation wall by adding rigid insulation to the exterior side.

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 how to help drain water away from the perimeter footing.

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

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

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