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Whole-Building Performance

Book

Author: ASHRAE
Organization: ASHRAE
The 2017 ASHRAE Handbook—Fundamentals covers basic principles and data used in the HVAC and refrigeration industry. It covers basic principles such as thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and heat transfer, providing practical guidance on building envelope, indoor environmental quality, load...
Author: Hugo Hens
The author states that the subject of this book is “the physics behind heat, air and moisture in materials, building assemblies and whole buildings.” The book is based on the premise that building physics is an applied science and therefore is directed toward problem-solving. Specific topics...
Author: John Straube and Eric Burnett
The authors are clear that this text is intended for engineer or technical specialists who design, construct, operate, repair, rehabilitate, and renovate buildings. This is a walk-through of heat, air, and moisture in buildings in a straightforward manner with language that is easy for the student...
Author: John Straube
As the author states in the Introduction, Chapter One, “the environmental damage caused by a building’s energy consumption and its production is by far the largest impact, usually dwarfing the impact of the materials used to construct a building.” This book is intended to provide students with a...
Author: Carl-Eric Hagentoft
This book focuses on the theories behind the physical problems that may arise and the mathematical models used to arrive at needed solutions.
Author: Mark Bomberg and Tomasz Kisilewicz
This a basic text on heat, air flow, and moisture based on years of research, teaching, and writing on these issues. It includes chapters on the durability of materials, materials in environmental control, and hygrothermal insulations. The hardcover version is Methods of Building Physics by Bomberg...
Author: John Carmody, Stephen Selkowitz, Dariush Arasteh, and Lisa Heschong
In its third edition, this book remains an excellent source on performance characteristics of windows, glazing materials, window assembly, design implications of energy-efficient windows, and considerations of window selection. It includes a short history of window developments and an overview of...
Author: Armin Rudd
This very practical guide explains why ventilation is so important, how ventilation should be integrated into a house, and includes a description of ways to ventilate and how to determine the best system for a particular house. It addresses the importance of proper controls of ventilation systems....
Author: William Rose
This book is about water in buildings. The author clearly states that it is not a reference book on moisture control nor is it a “how-to or how-come” book. It is a learning book on water and moisture and the science and physics of water when applied to buildings. That said, it is a comprehensive...
Author: Joseph Lstiburek
This relatively small guide addresses one of the most important issues in buildings—controlling rain and ground water. The prose is succinct and to the point. The graphics are outstanding. The guide is divided into five sections: Principles, Window Installation, Risk Factors (including an Average...

Website

Ten on-demand, 1-hour modules with additional special lessons on building science topics. 

Article/Report

This document was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division. It provides practical guidance on how to control moisture in buildings.1 It is not a textbook, code or standard. Chapter 1 focuses on principles of moisture control: how water moves into and...

Organization

Manual J (8th Edition) – Residential Load Calculation is the national ANSI-recognized standard for producing HVAC equipment sizing loads for single-family detached homes, small multiunit structures, condominiums, town houses, and manufactured homes. Manual B – Balancing and Testing Air and Hydronic...

Book

Author: ASHRAE
Organization: ASHRAE
The 2017 ASHRAE Handbook—Fundamentals covers basic principles and data used in the HVAC and refrigeration industry. It covers basic principles such as thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and heat transfer, providing practical guidance on building envelope, indoor environmental quality, load...
Author: Hugo Hens
The author states that the subject of this book is “the physics behind heat, air and moisture in materials, building assemblies and whole buildings.” The book is based on the premise that building physics is an applied science and therefore is directed toward problem-solving. Specific topics...
Author: John Straube and Eric Burnett
The authors are clear that this text is intended for engineer or technical specialists who design, construct, operate, repair, rehabilitate, and renovate buildings. This is a walk-through of heat, air, and moisture in buildings in a straightforward manner with language that is easy for the student...
Author: John Straube
As the author states in the Introduction, Chapter One, “the environmental damage caused by a building’s energy consumption and its production is by far the largest impact, usually dwarfing the impact of the materials used to construct a building.” This book is intended to provide students with a...
Author: Carl-Eric Hagentoft
This book focuses on the theories behind the physical problems that may arise and the mathematical models used to arrive at needed solutions.
Author: Mark Bomberg and Tomasz Kisilewicz
This a basic text on heat, air flow, and moisture based on years of research, teaching, and writing on these issues. It includes chapters on the durability of materials, materials in environmental control, and hygrothermal insulations. The hardcover version is Methods of Building Physics by Bomberg...
Author: John Carmody, Stephen Selkowitz, Dariush Arasteh, and Lisa Heschong
In its third edition, this book remains an excellent source on performance characteristics of windows, glazing materials, window assembly, design implications of energy-efficient windows, and considerations of window selection. It includes a short history of window developments and an overview of...
Author: Armin Rudd
This very practical guide explains why ventilation is so important, how ventilation should be integrated into a house, and includes a description of ways to ventilate and how to determine the best system for a particular house. It addresses the importance of proper controls of ventilation systems....
Author: William Rose
This book is about water in buildings. The author clearly states that it is not a reference book on moisture control nor is it a “how-to or how-come” book. It is a learning book on water and moisture and the science and physics of water when applied to buildings. That said, it is a comprehensive...
Author: Joseph Lstiburek
This relatively small guide addresses one of the most important issues in buildings—controlling rain and ground water. The prose is succinct and to the point. The graphics are outstanding. The guide is divided into five sections: Principles, Window Installation, Risk Factors (including an Average...

Website

Ten on-demand, 1-hour modules with additional special lessons on building science topics. 

Article/Report

This document was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division. It provides practical guidance on how to control moisture in buildings.1 It is not a textbook, code or standard. Chapter 1 focuses on principles of moisture control: how water moves into and...

Organization

Manual J (8th Edition) – Residential Load Calculation is the national ANSI-recognized standard for producing HVAC equipment sizing loads for single-family detached homes, small multiunit structures, condominiums, town houses, and manufactured homes. Manual B – Balancing and Testing Air and Hydronic...
Acknowledgment: 
Thank you to Pat Huelman and Sam Taylor for putting together this list of helpful sources.