Jul 18 2017

Whether using roof trusses or stick framing a roof frame, if you make space above the exterior walls, your energy performance will thank you.


Apr 25 2017

For walls with a pre-applied weather barrier, make sure the tape is compatible with the WRB coating—or use a primer


Apr 17 2017

Keep mechanical equipment within the envelope to improve the quality of houses and homes

Mar 28 2017

A collection of details that make sense for most framers to incorporate into their SOP—based on feedback from framers who do it a lot.

Nov 7 2016

Recessed into thick layers of insulation, innie windows are protected from the weather


Oct 29 2016

Concentrate on the corners and think like water when overlapping the layers


Oct 24 2016

A tight air barrier is the best way to build an energy-efficient house. Outside the sheathing are many chances to make it better.

Oct 10 2016

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


Sep 20 2016

Ground zero for roof rot is often where roofs meet walls.

Sep 7 2016

Sealing the layers—and overlapping them right—is how high performance building gets done

Aug 3 2016

Letting the brick dry evenly is the key for old masonry walls that want to leak less energy

Jul 18 2016

Adding brick to the outside of a house complicates insulating outside a slab. So Insulate inside.

Jun 27 2016

Protect the eave from ice dams and sideways rain

May 9 2016

An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 1, 2, and 3

May 2 2016

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.

Apr 4 2016

Tight makes right behind tubs and showers—because they can be *ruff* to retrofit

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