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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.

Inside FORTIFIED: Installing Drip Edge in High Wind Areas
Publication Date: May, 2018

Video showing proper installation techniques for drip edges in high wind regions per IBHS Fortified Home building practices. 

Inside FORTIFIED: Installing Drip Edge in Hurricane Areas
Publication Date: May, 2018

Video showing how to install drip edge on roofs in hurricane areas per IBHS Fortified Home standards. 

Inside FORTIFIED: Installing Sealed Roof Deck with Self-Adhered Underlayment
Publication Date: November, 2018

Video showing how to correctly install sealed roof deck with self-adhered underlayment in accordance to IBHS Fortified Home protocols. 

Inside FORTIFIED: Installing Self-Adhered Starter Strips
Publication Date: August, 2018

Video showing how to install starter strips on roofs using self-adhered technology to prevent moisture damage while complying with IBHS Fortified Home specifications.

Publication Date: August, 2018

Video showing how to install starter strips on roofs using roof cement to prevent moisture damage while complying with IBHS FORTIFIED Home specifications.

Inside FORTIFIED: Installing Underlayment Over Taped Seams
Publication Date: May, 2018

Video showing how to install synthetic underlayment over taped seams on roof deck per IBHS Fortified requirements.

Inside FORTIFIED: Sealing Roof Seams with Tape
Publication Date: May, 2018

Video showing how to seal the roof deck with tape per IBHS Fortified Requirements. 

Inside FORTIFIED: Sealing Roof Seams with Two Layers of Felt
Publication Date: May, 2018

Video showing how to install organic felt underlayment in hurricane areas, per IBHS Fortified requirements.

Installing European Passive House Windows #001: Window Intro
Publication Date: March, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to install European passive house windows. This video is part of an eight-video series by Hammer & Hand.

Installing European Passive House Windows #002: Rough Opening Prep
Publication Date: March, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to prep the rough opening for installation of European passive house windows. This video is part of an eight-video series by Hammer & Hand.

Installing European Passive House Windows #003: Sash Removal
Publication Date: March, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to remove the sash of European passive house windows. This video is part of an eight-video series by Hammer & Hand.

Installing European Passive House Windows #004: Installing & Adjusting Sash
Publication Date: March, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to install and adjust the sash of European passive house windows. This video is part of an eight-video series by Hammer & Hand.

Installing European Passive House Windows #005: Interior Air Sealing
Publication Date: March, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to air seal the interior of European passive house windows. This video is part of an eight-video series by Hammer & Hand.

Installing European Passive House Windows #006: Exterior Over-Insulating
Publication Date: March, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to insulate the exterior of European passive house windows. This video is part of an eight-video series by Hammer & Hand.

Installing European Passive House Windows #007: Tilt Slide Doors
Publication Date: March, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to install European passive house tilt slide doors. This video is part of an eight-video series by Hammer & Hand.

Installing European Passive House Windows #008: Balcony Doors
Publication Date: March, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to install European passive house balcony doors. This video is part of an eight-video series by Hammer & Hand.

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.

Interior Walls (Air Sealing Top and Bottom Plates)
Publication Date: June, 2017
Courtesy Of: Owens Corning

Video showing a technique for airtight drywall installation on interior walls using foam gasket strips

Introduction to Heat Transfer
Publication Date: September, 2020
Author(s): Dillon
Organization(s): PNNL

This video provides an overview of heat transfer and discusses how heat transfer occurs in residential buildings. 

Is Your House Earthquake Proof?
Publication Date: April, 2015
Author(s): EU Science Hub
Organization(s): EU Science Hub

Video describing a method for testing the earthquake resistance of buildings from the EU Science Hub - Joint Research Centre.

Karuna Passive House Air-To-Water Heat Pump
Publication Date: May, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing the air-to-water heat pump and radiant floor system in a passive house.

Karuna Passive House Blower Door Test
Publication Date: September, 2012
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing how to conduct a blower door test in a passive house.

Karuna Passive House Domestic Hot Water System
Publication Date: June, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video discussing the domestic hot water system installed in a passive house.  

Karuna Passive House Exterior Shading System Pt 1
Publication Date: May, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing the exterior shading system in a passive house. This video is part of a two-video series by Hammer and Hand.

Karuna Passive House Exterior Shading System Pt 2
Publication Date: May, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing the exterior shading system in a passive house. This video is part of a two-video series by Hammer and Hand.

Karuna Passive House High-Density Cellulose
Publication Date: October, 2012
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing the high-density cellulose insulation installed in a passive house.

Karuna Passive House HRV Supply Register
Publication Date: May, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video discussing the heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system in a passive house.

Karuna Passive House Rainscreen System
Publication Date: October, 2012
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing the rain screen system installed in a passive house.

Karuna Passive House Ventilation System
Publication Date: May, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video discussing the heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system in a passive house.

Karuna Passive House Window Installation Demonstration
Publication Date: September, 2012
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video demonstrating a window installation in a passive house.

LaHouse Foundations - Rising Above the Floods
Publication Date: May, 2014
Courtesy Of: LSU AgCenter

Video explaining raised-floor systems and some issues that can arrise with this type of construction. Recommendations from LSU AgCenter.

LED Lingo
Publication Date: April, 2017
Author(s): Advanced Energy
Organization(s): Advanced Energy

Video explaining things to look for when looking at LED lighting including energy consumption, brightness, lumens versus watts, etc.

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

Video describing how to install light tubes.

Lightning Protection Systems
Publication Date: June, 2015
Author(s): Federal Alliance For Safe Homes
Organization(s): FLASH

Videos sharing disaster preparedness from FLASH partners in academic, government, leadership, nonprofit, private and public sector organizations.

Video explaining the effects that lightning damage can have on a home and ways to make your home more resistant to lightning strikes per FLASH Strong Homes guidelines.

Loyal Heights Home Addition Video #002: Framing Details
Publication Date: August, 2013
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video of a contractor explaining details of properly framing a home in Seattle, WA using proper Hammer & Hand practices.

Madrona Passive House | CO2 Fired Heat Pump
Publication Date: June, 2015
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing the CO2-fired heat pump installed in a passive house.

Madrona Passive House | Solar PV Array
Publication Date: June, 2015
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing the solar PV system on a passive house.

Madrona Passive House | Ventilated Rainscreen System
Publication Date: May, 2015
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video describing the ventilated rainscreen system installed on a passive house.

Madrona PH Window Installation | Seattle, WA
Publication Date: February, 2015
Courtesy Of: Hammer and Hand

Video demonstrating a window installation in a passive house.

Publication Date: April, 2015
Author(s): Federal Alliance For Safe Homes
Organization(s): FLASH

Videos sharing disaster preparedness from FLASH partners in academic, government, leadership, nonprofit, private and public sector organizations.

Video showing the benefits of having a tornado safe room and how to construct your own safe room with FLASH Strong Homes guidelines.

Mini-Split (Ductless) Heat Pumps (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Risinger Homes

Video describing mini split ductless heat pumps.

Mini-Split (Ductless) Heat Pumps (2)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Zero Energy Homes

Video describing mini split ductless heat pumps.

Publication Date: December, 2012
Author(s): Federal Emergency Management Agency
Organization(s): FEMA

Video testimonial from a homeowner whose home survived a flood due to proper lower level wet floodproofing. 

Publication Date: June, 2017
Author(s): Lstiburek
Organization(s): Fortifiber Building Systems Group

Video presentation by Joe Lstiburek describing the four layers of moisture management found in walls and how walls should be designed and built to keep moisture out with these layers in mind.

No Class I Vapor Retarders on Interior Side of Exterior Walls in Warm-Humid Climates
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing vapor retarders used in Warm-Humid climates.

No Excessive Coiled or Looped Flex Ducts
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing proper flex duct installation.

No Kinks or Sharp Bends in Flex Duct Installation (1)
Publication Date: July, 2015
Courtesy Of: Train2Build

Video describing how to properly install flex ducts.

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