COVID-19 Resources

During this unprecedented global pandemic of COVID-19, the PHRC is committed to supporting the residential construction industry. We have compiled a list of available information and resources. While far from comprehensive, we will do our best to keep this page updated regularly.

Official Guidance for Resuming Work:

Regarding COVID-19:

PHRC Educational Resources:

  • Connect with PHRC on social media for daily articles, webinars, etc.
  • Watch PHRC Webinars (live and on-demand). Topics include:
    • Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building
    • Foundations
    • HVAC
    • Land Development
    • Pennsylvania Policies and Legislation
    • Residential Structures and Building Code Requirements
  • Host PHRC staff for a Speaking Engagement (schedule a virtual session). Topics include:
    • Air Sealing for 5ACH50
    • Blower Doors for Builders
    • Code Compliant Whole House Mechanical Ventilation
    • Crawlspace Design & Construction
    • Energy Codes in PA
    • GreenBuild: Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study
    • High Performance Walls
    • Intro to the Passive House Standard
    • Manufactured Stone Veneer
    • Reducing Thermal Bridging with Continuous Exterior Insulation
    • Residential Deck Design and Construction
    • Residential Energy Auditing
    • Residential Moisture Management – the 4D’s
    • Solar PV in PA
    • Visitability
  • Watch Hankin Lectures (annual event since 2006 with world-class speakers)

External Educational Resources:


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In an effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the PHRC staff is working in hybrid schedules per guidance from Penn State. Please email a PHRC team member with any questions.



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304