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Energy Star Checklist, Section 1: Overall Air Barrier and Thermal Alignment

Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist: Overall Air Barrier and Thermal Alignment

18 Videos, articles, and animations showing you how to get through Section 1 of the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. It is about the continuity between various components of the air barrier system and the thermal envelope.

 

Mud Sill TIP for Humpy Foundations

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Use thick mudsills to span uneven expanses of an old foundation. Fill in with mortar after the sills are flat.

 

Stormproof Roof Deck Installation Guide

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This small video collection covers the basics of installing a roof deck in a place where sideways rain and hurricanes are real. Flashing, taping the seams, and storm-proof shingle starter strips.

Model Remodel Show: 4 MORE Energy Efficient Construction Tips

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Roof framing, window options, and a mechanical advantage add up to lower bills and a higher quality home

Straightening Jig for Crooked Lumber

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A rip of plywood, some blocks and a table saw will help you repurpose cruddy lumber from the bone pile into backing

 

A Framer's Take on Fall Protection: #WorthIt

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A few minutes up front can save tons of time when you're in the air—and it can eliminate broken ribs, a broken back, or death

Decking a Roof (3): Measuring Hip Panels

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The nuances of measuring is what separates the kids from the carpenters

A Slick Transition from Foundation Insulation to Wall Sheathing

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Outside insulation is an effective way to keep heat in. The devil is in the details, such as this one

Why do Buildings Fall During Earthquakes?

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Brute strength will not win in a war with physics. Smart design predicts the resonance of a building and sidesteps the waves

Stormproof Roof Deck: Seam Taping Sequence

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Overlapping tapes with gravity in mind keeps water out of the house