Lists common industry test standards. Buildings, Affordable Housing Program lists insulation contractors; provides insulation final checklists, specifications, program standards. Knowledge Library includes air tightness and insulation articles.
Air Barrier Association of America
Contains air barrier system technical information; articles on commissioning and design; specifications, detail sketches; Professional Contractor Quality Assurance Program Manual. Links to Massachusetts and Wisconsin commercial energy conservation codes, which incorporate air barrier requirements; lists common industry test standards.
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
Describes commercial and residential applications of asphalt roofing products. Downloadable technical bulletins offer recommendations on common maintenance, repair, installation and weather-related topics affecting both residential and commercial roofs. Offers technical publications for sale. Links to related industry organizations and member Web sites. Contains online glossary of roofing terms. Provides Florida Building Code requirements for asphalt shingle attachment; "New Wind Standards for Asphalt Shingles."
Association of Energy Engineers
Provides online journals and lists technical publications available for sale.
Blow-in-Blanket Contractors Association
Provides tool for obtaining names of certified contractors for projects; provides specifications and literature library for blow-in-blanket insulation systems; insulation comparison chart; information about BIBCA-certified products and installer certification training programs.
British Columbia Shake and Shingle Association
Contains design details; shingle samples; Application Manual; listings of member manufacturers and importers.
Build a Better Home
Contains construction details and tips for builders, designers for foundations, walls, roofs; technical notes; "Controlling Mold and Mildew" brochure.
California Energy Commission
Provides Home Energy Rating System information; procedures for HVAC system design and installation and protocols for energy efficient residential building envelopes; list of Energy Efficiency Division Publications, with order information; list of approved computer programs for energy analysis.
Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau
Provides list of manufacturers, directory of approved installers; technical literature and support; specifications; case studies of cedar shakes and shingles. Includes "Cedar Roof Maintenance Guide," "New Roof Construction Manual," "Exterior and Interior Wall Construction Manual," maintenance brochure, finishing tips, product and installation FAQs, specification guidelines. Codes and Testing includes information on building codes, fire safety, impact resistance, wind resistance.
Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers' Association
Contains technical bulletins; installation video and guidelines; technical FAQs; NAHB Research Conservation Insulation System fact sheet; mold links.
Cool Metal Roofing
Provides technical articles, glossary, case studies, FAQs on testing, codes, ventilation, insulation; includes product comparison.
Cool Roof Rating Council
Provides information about Product Ratings Program, rating and testing procedures; Rated Products Directory; member directory; product bulletins.
Construction and Agricultural Film Manufacturers Association
Contains weight specification and excerpt from the National Building Code specifying minimum thickness for polyethylene moisture barriers used in construction.
Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Program, Building Envelope provides technical fact sheets and online calculator for insulation; information about structural insulated wall panels; thermal mass or high-mass materials; wood, steel and concrete wall systems; whole-wall thermal performance calculator; EnergyStar Guide to Roofing Materials; Cool Roof calculator; and information about roofing materials.
EIFS Industry Members Association
Includes residential and commercial case studies, residential inspection guidelines, expert commentaries on technical issues; downloadable "Guide to Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems Construction." Lists standards.
Energy Efficient Building Association
Institute of Building Technology offers courses and programs in building and construction science, including the MasterBuilder Program and Houses That Work program. Contains building technology articles; links to resources on new construction, building envelopes, mechanical systems, the indoor environment; criteria for energy- and resource-efficient buildings; "Top Ten List of Dumb Things to Do in the South," which covers technical issues related to air quality, ventilation systems and moisture protection for buildings in the South; newsletters. Bookstore offers Builder Guides for different climates; construction guides; publications on indoor air quality, moisture, ventilation; building and energy codes.
EPDM Roofing Association
Can view EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer rubber roofing membrane) technical bulletins, specifications, articles, case studies.
EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) Molders Association
Tech Info and Code Developments contains ASTM standard specification for rigid cellular polystyrene thermal insulation; standard for thermal insulation, polystyrene, boards and pipe covering and information on EPS technical properties, such as R-value, compressive resistance, flexural strength and moisture resistance. Lists manufacturers.
European Insulation Manufacturers Association
Provides technical information about mineral wool insulation, applications, and environmental and health issues. Includes practical tips; case studies; production statistics; climate change, energy loss and insulation thickness data by country; insulation glossary in four languages; conversion tables for physical units; carbon dioxide and vapor pressure calculator; Document Library of downloadable technical publications. Includes worldwide event listings; links to related associations, government bodies. Can browse member companies by country.
Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association
Provides technical documents for extruded polystyrene foam insulation products for roof systems and walls; includes information on geofoam applications, environmental properties. Provides application guidelines for residential foundations, walls, ceilings; for commercial roofs, walls, foundations, waterproofing; for low temperature buildings;
RoofNav, a Web-based subscription service for roofing professionals who configure FM approved roofing systems, compiles information from the Approval Guide and related installation recommendations from FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets in an integrated, interactive format.
Firestop Contractors International Association
Can download Specification for Penetrations and Joints; Standard for the Approval of Firestop Contractors, Class 4991; and technical articles on firestop systems. Offers Firestop Manual of Practice for sale.
Florida Solar Energy Center
Buildings contains "Managing Mold in Your Florida Home: A Consumer Guide," which covers practices that will minimize mold growth; chart on impact of air conditioner cycle length on humidity removal; comparison of moisture content of wall systems. Includes humidity control tips; technical reports on commercial building walls and roofs.
Provides information about roof greening systems and green roof components; physical, environmental and aesthetic issues. Includes U.S. and international case studies; project database. Contains directory of component suppliers. JobLinks lists opportunities for landscape professionals. StudentForum is an online meeting place for students to post projects and papers on green roofs, chat with other students; includes student directory.
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Provides technical and environmental information about green roof systems; includes bibliography of green roof articles. Offers design and installation courses in major cities in the United States and Canada; Accredited Green Roof Professional program; lists member professionals, with course credits.
Contains green polyisocyanurate specification; information on long-term thermal resistance (R-Value) calculations; list of polyiso compliance standards; links to sustainability resources, green roofing manufacturers.
Program of the American Lung Association. Offers downloadable Builder Guidelines, indoor air quality checklist, building science basics, and tip sheets. Lists registered homebuilders who follow Health House guidelines.
Illinois Capital Development Board
Contains roofing program handbook, forms and specifications.
Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance
Offers technical manuals, bulletins and reports for sale online. Provides product certification information, documents and certified product list. Lists certified glass manufacturers and suppliers.
Insulation Contractors Association of America
Lists member contractors by state. Provides technical FAQs; insulation inspection checklist; technical bulletins, briefings on building code and energy code issues; guide specifications; consumer tips on R-values; information about events. Buyers Guide lists insulation and related product manufacturers.
International Association for Cold Storage Construction
Offers IACSC specification manual, design and construction guide for sale.
Maine State Housing Authority
Contains downloadable physical plant standards for re-roofing shingles.
Metal Construction Association
Can download free technical bulletins, place online orders for metal roofing guide specifications and design guidelines. Provides information about certified roofing program; directory of certified products; project photo gallery.
Metal Initiative, The
Coalition of manufacturers of metal products for commercial construction. Provides overview cost and sustainability benefits of metal roofing; technical information about low- and steep-slope roofing and insulated, preformed and metal composite wall panels; use of aluminum, steel, copper, zinc and terne metals in commercial construction; case studies; discussion forum; project photo gallery organized by manufacturer.
Metal Roofing Alliance
Provides information about roof types; online application for estimating; technical discussion forums; list of member manufacturers, with product information. Includes photo gallery; technical resources on metal roofing.
National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE International)
Users can purchase online downloads of NACE standards relating to the selection, design, installation, maintenance and operation of a material or system when corrosion is a factor.
National Institute for Standards and Technology
Building Environment Division contains Heat Transmission Properties of Insulating and Building Materials database.
National Insulation Association
Includes directory of member fabricators, manufacturers, distributors, contractors, searchable by specialty or location. Lists insulation associations and organizations; industry events. Contains catalog of technical publications for sale. Can view current and archival issues of Insulation Outlook magazine. Provides information about training, seminars. Techs and Specs contains resource library of technical articles; press releases; technical FAQs; manufacturers' technical literature; glossary; guide to insulation product specifications; excerpts and order information for Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards Manual; downloadable software; technical brochure on industrial insulation; metal building insulation standards; steam best practices; safety articles.
National One Coat Stucco Association
Provides technical information and FAQs; project photos; lists member manufacturers.
National Park Service, Heritage Preservation Services, Roofing for Historic Buildings
"From Asbestos to Zinc" is an information guide to roofing materials.
National Roof Deck Contractors Association
Contains information on physical properties, technical guidelines, procedures and articles on insulating concrete systems; listings of contractors and product manufacturers.
National Roofing Contractors Association
Can search for member consultants, contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Technical contains roofing glossary; homeowner roof checkup guide; searchable database of technical article and report abstracts; technical bulletins and special reports; low-slope and steep-slope technical reports. Lists past technical conferences and symposia, with links to full texts of reports; roofing-related changes and provisions in building codes; roofing-related ASTM standards; full text of issues of Professional Roofing magazine since 1998; and construction details. Provides catalog of technical guides, manuals. Can submit information online about roof failures that is used to compile data on roof system performance; view project reports. Lists education programs, seminars and events. NCRA Buyers Guide lists manufacturers and distributors.
North American Insulation Manufacturers Association
Literature Library contains free downloadable standards and publications on acoustics; fiber glass duct insulation; environmental building design and construction; fire and thermal performance; energy efficiency; insulation in buildings and homes; moisture and mold; fiber glass and slag wool. Includes articles on indoor air quality, control of temperature, energy consumption, noise, condensation.
Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau
Provides sample details; field technical documents for download; order form for Stucco Resource Guide. Includes technical notes and drawings for interior plaster, stucco, EIFS, gypsum board, fireproofing, acoustical ceilings and steel framing.
PATH: Public-Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology
Contains publications on residential roof systems, moisture control, engineered panelized walls, mold and mildew, roof framing, water intrusion.
Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association
Includes technical bulletins, Long-Term Thermal Resistance calculator, QualityMark certification, and information about polyiso performance in roof and wall insulation.
Reflective Insulation Manufacturers Association
Contains online presentations on applications, thermal performance, condensation; "Understanding and Using Reflective Insulation, Radiant Barriers and Radiant Control Coatings" handbook; technical bulletins, articles. Lists member manufacturers.
Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association
Contains technical information about cold-applied roof coatings and cements; technical bulletins.
Roof Consultants Institute
Lists technical publications available for sale; provides RCI-Mercury online technical library.
Roofing Contractor Online
Includes technical articles from issues since 2000; new product features; searchable Buyers Guide; technical bulletin board.
Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
Provides list and searchable directory of member contractors and consultants; information about sealant validation program and product list; technical FAQs; searchable database of project information. Lists technical publications available for sale.
Resources for asphalt shingle recycling include information about uses and markets; shingle recycling technical reports, articles, fact sheets; case studies for selected states. Includes overview of environmental, permitting, asbestos issues involved with asphalt shingles; list of state regulatory contacts.
Includes insulation and energy saving calculators; technical information; contractor and installation tips; tips on energy efficient home building.
Single-Ply Roofing Institute
Offers specification guides, standards, design guides and repair manuals for sale and standards for download. Contains technical guide to single-ply roofing.
Southface Energy Institute
Can download fact sheets on airsealing, ceiling and attic insulation, wall insulation, rainwater recovery, airtight drywall and insulated foundations.
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
Can download technical documents and guides; view industry alerts and technical FAQs.
Lists Galvalume® metal panel roofing manufacturers by state; provides technical and specification documents; downloadable papers and reports; technical FAQs.
Structural Insulated Panel Association
Includes R-values, technical information about structural insulated panels, Department of Energy sponsored testing report, construction technical drawings and technical opinions. Visitors can ask technical questions online. Offers books for sale.
Stucco Manufacturers Association
Provides technical bulletins; offers Stucco Resource Guide for sale; lists members.
Tile Roofing Institute
Contains fact sheets, technical bulletins, case studies, expert FAQs, photo gallery, list of manufacturers, list of installation manuals available for sale.
ToolBase Services: The Home Building Industry's Technical Information Resource
Energy provides technical information about insulation materials. Mold, Moisture and Leaks contains "Moisture Protection of Wood Sheathing" guide; "Moisture Testing Guide for Wood Frame Construction Clad With EIFS"; technical information on concrete waterproofing, foundation drainage panels, roofing and wall moisture prevention, and mold.
University of Minnesota College of Design
Center for Sustainable Building Research, Building Foundations Research Program contains "Proposed Foundation Moisture Performance Test System for the Foundation Test Facility," "Frost Protected Shallow Foundation Design Specifications," summary of research findings on basement foundation insulation, proposed interior insulation design for basements with wet walls, research project reports, presentation on insulation of existing basements.
Vinyl Roofing Division of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association
Provides technical articles on environmental issues regarding PVC roof membranes; links to cool roof resources; vinyl roof glossary; list of continuing education courses; list of roof manufacturers.
Walls and Ceilings
Can view technical articles since 2000; browse manufacturer directory; purchase research study reports online.