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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Video describing how to seal fan ducts.

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

Video describing how to properly replace windows and window frames.

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.

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.  

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.  

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

Video describing best practices for air sealing floors above garages.

Floor Above Unconditioned Basement or Vented Crawlspace
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NYSERDA

Video how to properly air seal floors above unconditioned basements and vented crawlspaces. 

Fully Flashed Window and Door Openings (2)
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: DuPont

Video describing how to fully flash window and door openings.

Publication Date: June, 2011
Author(s): Risinger
Organization(s): Build with Matt Risinger

Video describing examples of poor air sealing in a new home and good air sealing of the garage-to-house air barrier in a gut rehab.

Garage Rim/Band Joist Adjoining Conditioned Space
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing best practices for attached garage sealing.

Insulate Your Basement, Part 3: Insulate the Walls and Rim Joists
Publication Date: July, 2016
Author(s): Fine Homebuilding
Organization(s): Fine Homebuilding

In this episode, Justin Fink explains the why and how of using foam insulation on masonry walls, and demonstrates how to properly insulate the rim joist area with rigid foam and batt insulation.

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing insulated concrete forms. 

Light Tubes
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: SolarLight

Video describing how to install light tubes.

Other Exterior Walls
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NYSERDA

Video describing how to properly air seal exterior walls.

Plates/Blocking at Top of Walls Adjoining Unconditioned Spaces
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing how to insulate skylight shafts and knee walls correctly.

Plumbing/Piping (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing how to properly air seal plumbing penetrations.

Plumbing/Piping (2)
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: BMI

Video describing how to properly air seal around plumbing pipes.

Rigid Foam Board Insulation for Band Joists (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: BMI

Video describing how to properly insulate band joists in crawlspaces. 

Seal Seams in Air Handler Cabinets
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Zero Energy Homes

Video describing how to seal air handler cabinet seams.

Sealed and Insulated Flex Ducts
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing how to seal and insulate flex ducts.

Shafts (e.g., Duct, Flue)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NYSERDA

Video describing how to air seal shafts, ducts, and flues.

Sill Plates (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NYSERDA

Video describing how to properly air seal sill plates.

Sill Plates (2)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing how to insulate and air seal sill plates.

Sill Plates (3)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing how to properly air seal sill plates.

Publication Date: July, 2016
Author(s): Advanced Energy

Video describing how to install and secure a polyethylene vapor barrier on the floor of a crawlspace.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing structural insulated panels.

Total Duct Leakage Tests
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: BMI

Video describing how to properly seal ducts. 

Publication Date: November, 2015
Author(s): University of Minnesota
Organization(s): NorthernSTAR

Video describing an “excavationless” retrofit technique developed by the University of Minnesota to install exterior insulation around the foundation of an existing home by using high-pressure water to cut a trench through the dirt along the edge of a concrete foundation, remove the mud with a hydrovac, and install rigid foam over...

Unvented Attic Insulation (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing how to spray foam unvented attics.

Unvented Attic Insulation (2)
Publication Date: July, 2015

Video describing how to spray foam unvented attics.

Walls Behind Showers and Tubs (2)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NYSERDA

Video describing how to properly insulate walls behind showers and tubs.

Window and Door Rough Openings
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NYSERDA

Video describing how to air seal around window and door rough openings.