Low-e coatings screen infrared heat from moving through the glass, either inward, outward, or both
Too much of a good thing can kill you. Including sunny weather.
Like an out-of-plumb wall, an insulated and unvented roof can work well—or not.
Extreme heat and humidity can drive moisture deep into framing cavities which can cause mold, rot, and structural damage
Drip edge is another water-shedding tool
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Science explains the natural world with a disciplined method of repeatable—and verifiable—questions, experiments, and answers
Three-pronged solution to indoor pollution: Isolate, eliminate, and ventilate
You can't simply go down to the hardware store and buy a box labeled air barrier
Vapor barriers cause a lot more harm than good in many parts of North America. Understanding vapor barriers begins with knowing what it means to be one
Thin foil can block massive amounts of heat transfer, but it needs a massive temperature difference to be effective. So, insulation sort of makes radiant barriers irrelevant.
Houses cannot expand and contract with changes in pressure like balloons can. Instead, they need paths for air to balance the pressure
Siding is supposed to shed water away from walls; so what's the deal with siding that absorbs water?
As houses are built tighter, they exchange less air between inside and outside. This saves energy, but the inside air can get stale if you don't have a fan and a plan