Build a Better Home: Resources

The following organizations have information on issues related to better building practices.


Moisture Mitigation/Free From Mold

View the maintenance counterpart to the Build a Better Home program at Moisture Mitigation. These pages offer homeowners the tools they need to prevent mold and moisture intrusion in their homes, identifying key areas of the home and what to do about problems. Get the full Ten-Point Protection Plan and more information at Moisture Mitigation.

Advanced Housing Research Center

The Advanced Housing Research Center (AHRC) was established at the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), in Madison, Wisconsin, in response to America's need for durable, affordable and energy-efficient housing. Research at the AHRC evaluates technology needed for both new and existing housing and encompasses all types of residential structures in which wood or wood-based products are used as primary or secondary building components.

Learn more about the Research Demonstration House at the Advanced Housing Research Center, constructed as part of the Build a Better Home project.

The Building Sciences Corporation

This company is linked to several government programs, including Building America and PATH. Additional information is available at

National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) 

The NAHB's (National Association of Homebuilders) ToolBase Tech Note on mold: Helping Your Buyers Understand Mold During the Building Process

Sound Home Resource Center

Web site of Sound Home Inspections, Inc., located in Seattle, Washington. For information, go to

Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

The Institute for Business & Home Safety's publication titled, Is Your Home Protected From Water Damage? is an extensive homeowner's guide that explains water damage prevention tips and includes the following sections:

  • How your House Handles Water
  • Frequent Causes of Moisture Damage
  • Moisture Problems: Prevention & Correction
  • Dealing With Major Water Damage Events

For additional information, visit the Institute for Business & Home Safety's

Green Built Home

This site overviews a program that promotes and certifies resource- and energy-efficient homes. Visit for more information.