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Building Envelopes

Air Barrier Association of America Resources to understand the concept of air barrier systems, design and specify air barrier systems into your building envelope system and find ABAA certified installers, distributors and manufacturers.

DOE's Building Energy Codes site offers prescriptive packages based on requirements for building envelope by climate region.

An insulation map is available from the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; illustrates the recommended insulation levels by location. DOE also has a fact sheet on Air Sealing [PDF].

How to Select and Install Housewrap [PDF] This fact sheet was developed by the Department of Energy.

The National Housing Trust is a national nonprofit organization formed to preserve and improve affordable multifamily homes for low and moderate income use.

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has guidelines for energy efficient rehabilitation and for repair of historic windows.

Simply Insulate Provides information on insulation, including benefits, guidelines, recommendation and savings by location. Simply Insulate is part of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association.

ToolBase Excellent resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems.

Washington State University Energy Cooperative Extension Resource for information and recent findings on buildings standards, codes, IAQ issues, mold and moistures, and much more.

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Content updated January 24, 2005

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