For walls with a pre-applied weather barrier, make sure the tape is compatible with the WRB coating—or use a primer
Flashing a wood-framed chimney is like flashing a dormer, except there’s no roof behind it. Without protection, water can leak into the joint and rot your walls to direct uphill water away
Recessed into thick layers of insulation, innie windows are protected from the weather
Keep mechanical equipment within the envelope to improve the quality of houses and homes
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
Anchor the frame to the floor and reinforce hinge locations with frame anchors, otherwise, it's just plumb, level, and square.
Sealing the layers—and overlapping them right—is how high performance building gets done
Roof valleys are like gutters with a steep pitch; but the stakes are higher for valleys than they are for gutters
Letting the brick dry evenly is the key for old masonry walls that want to leak less energy
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.