A rip of plywood, some blocks and a table saw will help you repurpose cruddy lumber from the bone pile into backing
For walls with a pre-applied weather barrier, make sure the tape is compatible with the WRB coating—or use a primer
Keep mechanical equipment within the envelope to improve the quality of houses and homes
Recessed into thick layers of insulation, innie windows are protected from the weather
Concentrate on the corners and think like water when overlapping the layers
A thermal break and solid backing puts the window on the outer face of a thick wall. Now, there's room on the inside window sill for cats and bowling trophies
Ground zero for roof rot is often where roofs meet walls.
Sealing the layers—and overlapping them right—is how high performance building gets done
Direct the heat toward the feet
Letting the brick dry evenly is the key for old masonry walls that want to leak less energy
Protect the eave from ice dams and sideways rain
An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 1, 2, and 3
A tight path to the outdoors keeps the indoors fresh and you can call it a day because you’re one step closer to the Energy Star.
Tight makes right behind tubs and showers—because they can be *ruff* to retrofit
Thermal shorts and good design don't mix