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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.

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

Video describing concrete slab over polyethylene barrier.

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.

How to Insulate a Basement
Publication Date: November, 2017
Author(s): This Old House
Organization(s): This Old House

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to warm up a chilly concrete wall

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.

Polyethylene Lapped Up Walls/Piers and Secured in the Ground (1)
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: Crawlspace Repair

Video describing how to install a polyethylene vapor barrier/capillary break over the floor of the crawlspace.

Rigid Foam Board Interior Insulation for Existing Foundation Walls
Publication Date: September, 2015
Courtesy Of: BMI

Video describing how to properly insulate crawlspaces.

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...