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This library contains research reports produced by the Building America program and other building science resources used to support this Solution Center. The materials cover both new construction and existing homes. Use the search box and/or the filters to explore hundreds of residential building resources. Access to some references not produced by Building America may require purchase from the publisher. Documents are listed alphabetically. While we continually update our database, links may have changed since posting. Please contact our webmaster if you find broken links.

2012 IECC Code Level Insulation – DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Requirements
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing insulation and air sealing strategies to meet 2012 IECC code levels.

A Quick Guide on How to Select a New Stove for Home Heat
Publication Date: August, 2009
Author(s): Washington Department of Ecology
Organization(s): Washington Department of Ecology

This video gives homeowners information about wood, gas, and pellet stoves and fireplace inserts.

Advanced Framing vs Traditional Framing
Publication Date: December, 2012
Author(s): Risinger
Organization(s): Build with Matt Risinger

Video describing traditional 2x4 16 inch on center framing versus advanced framing with 2x6 stud walls at 24 inch on center, insulated corners and headers, wall stud-ceiling joist alignment, etc. providing a strong wall with more room for insulation.

Anti-Freeze- Solar Hot Water
Publication Date: July, 2015

Video describing how solar water heaters use anti-freeze.

Application of Spray Foam Insulation Under Plywood and OSB Roof Sheathing
Publication Date: July, 2015

Video describing how to air seal attic rafters with spray foam.

Ask the Expert: Pool Pumps
Publication Date: April, 2016
Author(s): EPA
Organization(s): EPA
Attic Eave Minimum Insulation (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NAIMA

Video describing how to install batt insulation. 

Attic Eave Minimum Insulation (2)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NYSERDA

Video describing how to properly insulate attic eaves.

Attic Eave Minimum Insulation (3)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Zero Energy Homes

Video describing raised heel trusses for minimum attic eave insulation.

Attic Hatch Insulation
Publication Date: July, 2015

Video describing how to properly insulate attic hatches.

Attic Knee Walls
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing how to insulate and air seal attic knee walls.

Backdraft Dampers
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Tamarak

Video describing backdraft dampers.

Bathroom and Kitchen Exhaust Fans (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Panasonic

Video describing how to properly install a retrofit bath fan.

Bathroom and Kitchen Exhaust Fans (2)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Panasonic

Video describing how to properly install a retrofit vent cap.

Bathroom Exaust
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Panasonic

Video describing how to seal fan ducts.

Blower Door Instructional Video
Publication Date: August, 2014
Author(s): Retrotec
Organization(s): Retrotec

Learn how to run a blower door air leakage test in a residential house.

Blower Door Quick Guide Part 1
Publication Date: August, 2012
Author(s): The Energy Conservatory
Organization(s): The Energy Conservatory

Part 1 describes why do a test, components of the Minneapolis Blower Door kit and how to set it up.

Blower Door Quick Guide Part 2
Publication Date: August, 2012
Author(s): The Energy Conservatory
Organization(s): The Energy Conservatory

Part 2 shows how to do a one point depressurization test, the most common test, as well as how to use the Cruise function.

Capillary Break Beneath Slab - Polyethylene Sheeting or Rigid Insulation Over Aggregate
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing how to install a capillary break beneath concrete slabs.

Comparison of ECM and PSC blower motor amp draw
Publication Date: February, 2016
Author(s): Grayfurnaceman
Organization(s): Grayfurnaceman

Video comparing electrically commutated (ECM) and permanent split capacitor (PSC) motors.

Complete Window and Frame Replacement
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: BlueHouse Energy

Video describing how to properly replace windows and window frames.

Concrete Slab over Polyethylene
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: PostGreen Homes

Video describing concrete slab over polyethylene barrier.

Continuous Rigid Insulation Sheathing/Siding (1)
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing exterior rigid foam insulation.

Continuous Rigid Insulation Sheathing/Siding (2)
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: DuPont

Video describing how to properly install continuous rigid insulation sheathing and siding.

Direct Water into Gutters with a Kickout Flashing Diverter
Publication Date: April, 2009
Author(s): Fine Homebuilding
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding

When flashing one of a house’s biggest potential leaks — where the eave overhang meets a vertical wall — editorial advisor Mike Guertin chooses to err on the side of caution to control water flow and not rely solely on step flashing.

Double Wall Framing
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: PostGreen Homes

Video describing double wall studs.

Double Walls
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: PostGreen Homes

Video describing double stud walls.

Dropped Ceiling/Soffit Below Unconditioned Attic
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NYSERDA

Video describing how to air seal attics.

Duct Leakage to Outdoors (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: BMI

Video describing how to test for duct leakage to the outdoors.  

Duct Leakage to Outdoors (2)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: BMI

Video describing how to test for duct leakage to the outdoors.  

Ducted Returns
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing jumper ducts and how to pressure balance rooms. 

Ducts Buried in Attic Insulation and Encapsulated
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: BMI

Video describing how to properly bury ducts in attic insulation.

Electrical Wiring
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing how to properly install electrical wiring.

Encapsulated Ducts
Publication Date: July, 2015

Video describing air sealing and insulation for encapsulated ducts.

ENERGY STAR Windows (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: BMI

Video describing ENERGY STAR windows.  

ENERGY STAR Windows (2)
Publication Date: July, 2015

Video describing ENERGY STAR windows.

Final Grade
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing how to properly waterproof foundations.

Flashing at Bottom of Exterior Walls
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: DuPont

Video describing how to properly flash bottom of exterior walls.

Floor Above Garage
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing best practices for air sealing floors above garages.

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