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Guides and Manuals

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.
 

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Mass Save Deep Energy Retrofit Builder Guide

By Betsy Pettit, FAIA, Ken Neuhauser, Cathy Gates
Download.pdf  6.1 MB

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High Performing Precast Concrete Building Enclosures: Rain Control

By John Straube
Download.pdf  4.2 MB

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Attic Air Sealing Guide and Details

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  5.7 MB

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IRC FAQ: Conditioned Attics

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  218.9 KB

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IRC FAQ: Wall Bracing Requirements for Insulating Sheathing

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  212.2 KB

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IRC FAQ: Insulating Sheathing Vapor Retarder Requirements

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  111.4 KB

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IRC FAQ: Cladding Attachment Over Insulating Sheathing

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  133.0 KB

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IRC FAQ: Basement Insulation

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  100.3 KB

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BSC Building America Quality Control Checklist

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  567.1 KB

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Quality Assurance Roadmap for High Performance Residential Buildings

By Alex Lukachko
Download.pdf  428.3 KB

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Building America Quality Control Checklist Appendix

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  5.2 MB

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Water Management Details for Residential Buildings

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  1.5 MB

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Guide to Insulating Sheathing

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  1.6 MB

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READ THIS: Before You Move In

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  393.0 KB

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Design Process for Sizing: Cooling and Heating System Capacity, Room Air Flows, Trunk and Runout Ducts, and Transfer Air Ducts

By Armin Rudd
Download.pdf  63.3 KB

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READ THIS: Before You Ventilate

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  1.5 MB

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READ THIS: Before You Turn Over a Unit

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  351.9 KB

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READ THIS: Before You Design, Build or Renovate

By Joseph Lstiburek
Download.pdf  4.8 MB

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EcoVillage Homeowner Handbook

By Building Science Corporation
Download.pdf  5.9 MB

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Review of Residential Ventilation Technologies

By Armin Rudd
Download.pdf  299.9 KB

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