A rip of plywood, some blocks and a table saw will help you repurpose cruddy lumber from the bone pile into backing
Weather Barriers done right means weather barriers that go to work on more than just sunny days
Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet.
Two packages for high performance homes. Vented and unvented roof insulation retrofits and exterior wall insulation details along with rainscreen wall details for furring strips.
Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet. An air gap between the siding and sheathing lets both dry independently. Furring strips are one way to make that air gap.
How to detail the foam at corners and connections when tightening the energy efficiency of an old house
The biggest crack in the house, revisited for #ThrowbackThursday
Wrapping an old house in a blanket of insulation is a no-brainer when you're replacing the roofing and siding anyway
Covering the roof of an old house with a blanket of insulation makes the house more comfortable and it cuts energy use.
A four dimensional detail drawing of an insulated and damp-resistant basement slab
The WRB is a BFD when choosing where to put the window
Integrating a new drainage plane into an existing one is not as easy as it looks on a phone, but you've got to start somewhere, right?
It's easy to air seal the middle of the wall where there are no gaps, cracks, or joints. The edges are a different story, especially when one edge is wood and the other is concrete.
Regular walls just won't cut it anymore. Higher-achieving energy codes mean higher-performance walls, airtightness targets, and home energy rating system (HERS) scores. Here are six improvement targets to shoot for.