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Mar 14 2016

With blower door tests in the building code, it is up to more than just the insulators or the GC to deliver results: many trades have a stake.

 

Mar 7 2016

Weather Barriers done right means weather barriers that go to work on more than just sunny days

Feb 8 2016

Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet.

Feb 1 2016

Walls that dry are walls that last for a long, long, time.

Jan 20 2016

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.

Jan 18 2016

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.

Dec 9 2015

Retiling a tub surround is a common remodeling project because tubs have a track record for quitting early

Nov 30 2015

How to detail the foam at corners and connections when tightening the energy efficiency of an old house

Nov 10 2015

The biggest crack in the house, revisited for #ThrowbackThursday

Nov 2 2015

Warm and dry basement living space begins with keeping the basement dry—duh. All moisture from outside must be directed away from the interior walls and slab.

Oct 28 2015

Wrapping an old house in a blanket of insulation is a no-brainer when you're replacing the roofing and siding anyway

Oct 15 2015

Covering the roof of an old house with a blanket of insulation makes the house more comfortable and it cuts energy use.

Sep 17 2015

 #ÜberRoof: A site-built ventilated SIP roof sandwich. 

Aug 13 2015

A four dimensional detail drawing of an insulated and damp-resistant basement slab

Jun 12 2015

The WRB is a BFD when choosing where to put the window

 

Jun 4 2015

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?

May 12 2015

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.

Apr 20 2015

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.

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