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Designs That Work House Plans are developed by BSC to be appropriate for residential projects in specific climate zones. They are fully integrated construction drawing sets that include floor plans, framing plans and wall framing elevations, exterior elevations, building and wall sections, and mechanical and electrical plans. Please note that house plans are posted as examples of high performance housing designs and are not to be used for construction. For more information, see the note on the title page of the plans.

Enclosures That Work are Building Profiles and High R-Value Assemblies developed by BSC to be appropriate for residential construction in specific climate zones.

Building Profiles are residential building cross sections that include enclosure and mechanical design recommendations. Most profiles also include field expertise notes, material compatibility analysis, and climate challenges.

High R-Value Assemblies are summaries of the results of BSC's ongoing High R-Value Enclosure research — a study that BSC has undertaken for the US DOE's Building America research program to identify and evaluate residential assemblies that cost-effectively provide 50 percent improvement in thermal resistance.

Guides and Manuals are "how-to" documents, giving advice and instructions on specific building techniques and methods. Some, such as the Review of Residential Ventilation Technologies, cover multiple examples within a general topic area. Others, such as the Guide to Insulating Sheathing, are focused on a particular concept and its applications. Longer guides and manuals include background information to help facilitate a strong understanding of the building science behind the hands-on advice.

In addition to these longer standalone guides, this section also contains two quick, easy-to-read series. The IRC FAQ series answers common questions about the building science approach to specific building tasks (for example, insulating a basement). The READ THIS: Before... series offers guidelines and recommendations for everyday situations such as moving into a new home or deciding to renovate.

Information Sheets are short, descriptive overviews of basic building science topics, from duct sealing to reservoir claddings. Through illustrations, photographs, and straightforward explanations, each Information Sheet covers the essential aspects of a single topic. Common, avoidable mistakes are also examined in the What's Wrong with this Project? and What's Wrong with this Practice? mini-series.
Information Sheets are useful both as an introduction to building science and as a handy reference that can be easily printed for use in the field, in a design meeting, or at the building permit counter.

Published Articles are a selected set of articles written by BSC personnel and published in professional and trade magazines that address building science topics. For example, our work has appeared in Fine Homebuilding, Home Energy, ASHRAE's High Performance Buildings, The Journal of Building Enclosure Design and The Journal of Building Physics. We thank these publications for their gracious permission to republish.

We are passionate about building science and welcome new opportunities to share information. If your publication needs content about energy efficiency, durability, or other aspects of high-performance building, please contact us at info@buildingscience.com.

Research Reports are technical reports written for researchers but accessible to design professionals and builders. These reports typically provide an in-depth study of a particular topic or describe the results of a research project. They are often peer reviewed and also provide support for advice given in our Building Science Digests. The most recent documents posted are at the top of the list below.

Conference Papers are peer-reviewed papers published in conference proceedings.

Building America Reports are sponsored by Building America, part of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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An interview with Andy Äsk, author of "H2NØ - Mechanical Systems and Moisture Control."  Andy talks about why he wrote the book, who the intended audience is, and what they might...
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M. Jablonka, Achilles Karagiozis, John Straube
The issue of solar driven moisture that is associated with water absorptive claddings has often been raised, and it is becoming increasingly relevant as the demand for improved energy efficiency...
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Henry Gifford
Henry Gifford, of Gifford Fuel Saving Inc., speaks on green building rating systems and energy efficiency at the Westford Symposium on Building Science XII. Click here to be taken to the video....
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Joseph Lstiburek
The key to moisture control is the control of air transported moisture. This requires an air barrier system or air pressure control that may or may not be combined with an air barrier system....
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Armin Rudd
Sizing information excerpted from “BA-0006: Discussion of the Use of Transfer Grilles to Facilitate Air Flow in Central Return Systems.”    
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Joseph Lstiburek
Water management techniques are used in the design and construction of building enclosures to control rain and ground water.    
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Joseph Lstiburek
Rainwater is absorbed into the brick veneer after a rainstorm. Water vapor is then transported from the rain-wetted brick veneer through the exterior sheathing into the exterior wall cavities. by a...
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Joseph Lstiburek
Although housewraps restrict or permit the passage of water molecules based on size, they cannot control the direction in which the water vapor molecules move.   
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Joseph Lstiburek
The energy aspects of housewraps are vastly overstated. They have been embraced by builders for this function as can be evidenced by their market penetration. Yet their critical role in building...
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Joseph Lstiburek
What can we say about truss uplift? You can’t prevent it.    
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Joseph Lstiburek
Over the past five years several unvented roof insulation systems have been developed by the Building Science Consortium for use primarily in hot-dry and hot-humid climate zones. Designs and houses...
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Joseph Lstiburek
Elevated relative humidity at a surface–70 percent or higher—can lead to problems with mold, corrosion, decay and other moisture related deterioration. When relative humidity reaches 100...
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Joseph Lstiburek
Be that as it may (there are lots of good reasons for having this equipment in conditioned spaces, GIVEN proper attention to ventilation and pressurization issues), it makes perfect sense to...
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Joseph Lstiburek
Too much mold can affect the health of you and your family. In addition, mold can damage or destroy building materials such as the wood or gypsum board in our homes. For more information, see...
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Joseph Lstiburek
Mold testing procedures were not developed to determine whether a home is “safe” or “healthy” or “clean." For more information, see Popular Topics/More About...
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Joseph Lstiburek
The purpose of this document is to assist builders with the decisions regarding what to do and how to do it when mold is found in specific locations. For more information, see Popular...
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Joseph Lstiburek
Mold requires water. No water, no mold. Mold is the result of a water problem. Fix the water problem, clean up the mold and you have fixed the mold problem. For more information, see Popular Topics/...
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Kohta Ueno
We realize that there is a wealth of information, and much of it too detailed to understand or digest in a single sitting. Furthermore, building officials might not have the time available to...
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Andrew Äsk
How much leakage is acceptable? The author suggests as a modest goal that buildings should leak no more than the air that must be introduced for acceptable indoor air quality.    
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Armin Rudd
The central fan integrated supply ventilation approach depends on two patented processes: fan cycling and ventilation damper cycling.  

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