Exterior Insulation Guide: Cold Climate

Everything* you need to know about wrapping old homes with cold bones: climate zones 5, 6, and 7

 

Bringing an old house up to date energy-wise can improve comfort and energy performance.

Adding insulation over the walls and roof makes a continuous thermal barrier while burning your thermal bridges.

It includes replacing the siding and roofing and detailing the windows. 

Wrapping a house in foam can also cause headaches if not done thoughtfully: make sure that the air, water, and thermal barriers are working together, not against each other.

Trapping moisture in a tight house means #BugsMoldRot

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The Code

Compliance made easy

  • 2012 IECC: R402 BUILDING THERMAL ENVELOPE
  • 2012 IRC: R806 ROOF VENTILATION
  • 2012 IRC: R906 ROOF INSULATION

 


Extra Credit Homework

Dive deep, but don't forget to come up for air

 

The *

*This collection of technical drawings and animations, how-to videos, articles, photos, downloads, and links may not be a complete encyclopedia on the topic, but it is a heck of a great place to begin. If you have anything to add, post it in the comment section. We'll update the page.

 

 

Daniel Morrison
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