Guide on residential construction includes building science


WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 — BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of the National Association of Home Builders, just released the fourth edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines, the industry’s most widely accepted reference on how homes should perform. Available in contractor and consumer versions, this fully revised and updated reference helps builders and remodelers successfully manage customer expectations while delivering high-performance homes.

Initially created and reviewed by more than 300 builders and remodelers, as well as representatives of specialty trade organizations, the fourth edition updates the performance guidelines to make the text more comprehensive and consistent with current building science advancements.

The fourth edition also features:

  • A unique collection of nearly 300 guidelines in 12 major construction categories
  • New guidelines that address efflorescence, deflection, and water penetration
  • Sample contract language
  • Remodeling-specific guidelines
  • Tips for taking critical measurements
  • A glossary of common terms

The consumer version of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines helps customers understand the basics of a properly constructed home and how it should perform during the warranty period. Builders and remodelers can give the Consumer Reference to every customer as an integral part of their warranty claims process.

“This publication is a wonderful resource for both contractors and consumers in helping to better understand how homes are meant to perform,” said NAHB Chairman Bob Jones, a home builder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. “The latest edition includes even more useful guideline updates and tips than before.”

Both Contractor and Consumer versions of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines are available at or by calling 800-223-2665.

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