Topic Hubs

WSPPN Maintains These Topic Hubs

Auto Repair
We also maintain topical information about Fleets.

News Articles About These Topic Hubs:

Hospitality News
Auto Repair News
Fleets News

Archived: P2Rx no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

Browse by Keyword

Residential Construction: Browse by Keyword
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
Green Design
Green Products
Water Use
Indoor Air Quality
Solid and Hazardous Waste
Codes and Standards
Where To Go for Help
Complete List of Links

Alternative technologies / Best management practices / Compliance / Conservation of natural resources / Construction and demolition debris / Economic incentives / Electric apparatus and appliances / Gray water / House construction / Incentives / Indoor air pollution / Insulation (Heat) / Lighting / Markets / Radon / Solar energy / Stormwater / Ventilation / Waste disposal / Windows

Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
NOTE: [PDF] links require Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

Air Sealing/ Air Drywall Approach Details
Abstract: A tight building envelope is necessary to control the movement of air in and out of building assemblies. This is important for energy conservation, thermal comfort and building durability. A "how-to" overview with schematics is provided.
Source: Building Science Corporation

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Abstract: The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers advances technology to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.
Source: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

Ceiling and Attic Insulation and Ventilation
Abstract: Discussion of design considerations to consider for energy efficient insulation and ventilation. Includes recommended R-values and diagrams.
Source: Southface Energy Institute

Ducts - Consumer Information
Abstract: A discussion of methods of diagnosing duct leakage while being aware of changes in the pressure distribution in a home, combustion appliance drafting, radon migration, moisture, ventilation, and indoor air quality. Primarily focuses on tools for large duct sealing programs; Includes graphs, schematics and formulas.
Source: Home Energy Magazine

Habitat for Humanity Energy-efficient Construction Checklist for Homes
Abstract: By completing the checklist, you can save up to 50% on annual utility bills for your new home. Includes recommendations for foundation, air sealing, insulation, sheathing, equipment closet and water heater.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Houses That Work
Abstract: Climate-specific technical resource shows how to design and build homes that use 30% less energy for space conditioning and hot water than the 1995 Model Energy Code (MEC) based on results of more than 8000 homes built across the country. It includes an uupdated North American hygro-thermal regions map, climate-specific Best Practices with performance criteria, three building profiles per climate, and a building materials technical and performance specifications.
Source: U. S. DOE Building America Program

Insulating Foundations and Floors [PDF]
Abstract: Insulating slabs, crawl spaces/walls, methods, under-floor insulation, advantages, disadvantages; includes diagrams.
Source: Southface Energy Institute

Insulation Fact Sheet
Abstract: Addresses R-values, insulation types and regional needs. Includes many tables.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Whole House Energy Checklist--Energy Efficient Construction [PDF]
Abstract: Consider the house as a system; air barriers, foundation, sheathing, HVAC, Water and Air heating efficiencies.
Source: Southface Energy Institute

Whole-Wall Thermal Performance Calculator
Abstract: This whole-wall thermal performance calculator helps design teams evaluate the effect that different types and levels of insulation can have on a building's energy performance. In addition, the designers can predict how different structural assemblies will affect thermal performance. Calculators show how advanced framing techniques, for exmaple, reduce wood use, but also improve whole-wall R-values.
Source: Oak Ridge National Labs


The Topic Hub™ is a product of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx)

The Residential Construction Topic Hub™ was developed by:

Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center
Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Center
Contact email:

Hub Last Updated: 12/4/2012