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Digests from the are papers on specific building science topics written for a broad range of users. Expert advice is given with a focus on establishing an understanding of the theory and translating this theory to practical information.

Primers from the are guides that cover all three parts of the design process (schematic, development and detailing), with special attention given to theoretical connections, advice on applications, and detailed examples of construction.

The construction and operation of buildings consumes over a third of the world’s energy consumption, and 40% of all the mined resources. Striving to make buildings more sustainable, while saving construction and operating costs and improving health and occupant well being is not only possible and practical, it should be the goal of the building industry. Achieving this goal requires an awareness of the problem and the skills to design, specify, construct, and operate buildings in a manner that is often quite different from current standard approaches.

Conditioned Crawl Space Construction, Performance and Codes
This paper discusses the differences between vented, unvented and conditioned crawl spaces. Best practice construction techniques and assemblies for conditioned crawl spaces are discussed, the results of a field monitoring program are presented, and the code language addressing crawl spaces is explained.

Winning the Oil Endgame, Amory Lovins,
This independent, peer-reviewed synthesis for American business and military leaders charts a roadmap for getting the United States completely, attractively, and profitably off oil. Our strategy integrates four technological ways to displace oil: using oil twice as efficiently, then substituting biofuels, saved natural gas, and, optionally, hydrogen. This route for the transition beyond oil will expand customer choice and wealth, and will be led by business for profit.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a stakeholder-based organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water.  Located in Chicago, the Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts

CEC (California Energy Commission)Training Videos cover various building system components, such as insulation, windows and HVAC. They also cover the specific Standards requirements for these systems and their application, as well as helpful best practice guidelines.

This Power Point presentation is from the PG&E class
“Building Science for Architects and Designers”

This link takes you to the PG&E Building Science for Architects and Designers word document template used for notes taken during the day long AIA 6CEU credit course

Two Compilations of Articles and Studies on Crawlspace Issues, Strategies, and Research.
Crawlspace Article Part 1
Crawlspace Article Part 2