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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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Enclosure Design Building Science Notes Ducts in conditioned space - This building profile is designed to accommodate HVAC equipment and ducts in the basement and living space, not in an...
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Enclosure Design Building Science Notes Ducts in conditioned space - This building profile is designed to accommodate HVAC equipment and ducts in the basement and living space, not in the...
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Enclosure Design Building Science Notes Ducts in conditioned space - This building profile is designed to accommodate HVAC equipment and ducts in the living space, specifically in dropped soffits...
Hot Dry/Mixed Dry
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Enclosure Design Construction Recommendations Foundation: Slab-on-grade Above Grade Wall: Wood frame Cladding: Stucco Attic: None Roof: Membrane   Building Science Notes Ducts in...
Hot Dry/Mixed Dry
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Enclosure Design Building Science Notes Ducts in conditioned space - This building profile is designed to accommodate HVAC equipment and ducts in the living space. Specifically, the duct system...
Hot Dry/Mixed Dry
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Enclosure Design   Building Science Details Air sealing details at transitions – Air sealing can be particularly difficult, but no less important, at assembly transitions...
Hot Humid
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Enclosure Design Building Science Details Air sealing details at transitions - Air sealing can be particularly difficult, but no less important, at assembly transitions such as top-of-wall/roof...
Hot Humid
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Enclosure Design Building Science Details Conditioned crawlspace – Conditioning of the crawlspace means that this space must be constructed much like a living space — it must be...
Hot Humid
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Enclosure Design Construction Recommendations Foundation: Block stem wall with slab Wall type: SIPS Wall cladding: Cement board siding/brick veneer Roof: Conditioned attic / cathedral...
Hot Humid
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Enclosure Design Building Science Notes Ducts in conditioned space - This building profile is designed to accommodate HVAC equipment and ducts in the living space, with the equipment typically in...
Mixed Humid
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Enclosure Design Building Science Notes Ducts in conditioned space - This building profile is designed to accommodate HVAC equipment and ducts in either the living space or in the conditioned...
Mixed Humid
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Enclosure Design Construction Recommendations Foundation: Basement Above Grade Wall: Wood frame Cladding: Vinyl siding Attic: Vented cathedral ceiling Roof: Asphalt shingles   Building...
Mixed Humid
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Enclosure Design     Building Science Notes Ducts in conditioned space – This building profile is designed to accommodate HVAC equipment and ducts in the crawlspace and second-...
Very Cold
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Enclosure Design Construction Recommendations Foundation: Slab-on-grade Above Grade Walls: Wood frame Cladding: Stucco Attic: Vented cathedral ceiling Roof: Asphalt shingles  ...
Very Cold
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  2x6 wood frame wall 24" o.c. Fiberglass or cellulose cavity insulation XPS insulating sheathing Furring creating a minimum 3/8" ventilation gap/drainage gap behind cladding  ...
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  2x6 wood frame wall at 24" o.c. Cellulose cavity insulation OSB sheathing with integrated water resistive barrier 4" mineral fiber insulation boards Furring creating a minimum 3/8"...

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