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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 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.

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

Video describing how to properly bury ducts in attic insulation.

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

Video describing best practices for attached garage sealing.

How to Install Batt Insulation (1/3): The Pre-Insulation Walk Through
Author(s): Advanced Energy
Organization(s): Advanced Energy

Brian Coble, Director of High Performance Homes for Advanced Energy provides best practices on "Proper Installation of Insulation" as he walks viewers through an ENERGY STAR Home and points out every area of a home that must be insulated to meet RESNET Grade 1 Insulation Installation Requirements. Video 1 of 3.

How to Install Batt Insulation (2/3): Insulating Tips from the Pros
Publication Date: October, 2012
Author(s): Advanced Energy
Organization(s): Advanced Energy

Brian Coble, Director of High Performance Homes for Advanced Energy provides best practices on "Proper Installation of Insulation" as he walks viewers through an ENERGY STAR Home and points out every area of a home that must be insulated to meet RESNET Grade 1 Insulation Installation Requirements. Video 2 of 3.

How To Install Batt Insulation (3/3): Fiber Glass & Rock Wool Batt Insulation Inspection (rev)
Publication Date: November, 2012
Author(s): Advanced Energy
Organization(s): Advanced Energy

Brian Coble, Director of High Performance Homes for Advanced Energy provides best practices on "Proper Installation of Insulation" as he walks viewers through an ENERGY STAR Home and points out every area of a home that must be insulated to meet RESNET Grade 1 Insulation Installation Requirements. Video 3 of 3.

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

Author(s): Bindford

Video about properly insulating around plumbing pipes to prevent freezing.

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. 

Insulation Installation (RESNET Grade 1) - Part 1
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Certainteed

Video describing how to properly install the OPTIMA insulation system.   

Insulation Installation (RESNET Grade 1) - Part 2
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: NAIMA

Video describing how to properly install insulation.

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

Video describing how to properly insulate crawlspaces.

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

Video describing how to seal and insulate flex ducts.

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

Video describing how to insulate and air seal sill plates.

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

Video describing structural insulated panels.

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

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

Walls Behind Showers and Tubs (3)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

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