Framing

Cold Climate Passive House Retrofit in Connecticut

A collection of five videos on a Passive House Retrofit in Sharon, CT (climate zone 5) executed by Ben Bogie, Built to Last, LLC.

This is by no means an exhaustive disection of the construction process, but it gives a good overview of what they did, why they did it, and exactly how it was done.

This building has since been certified as PHIUS+ from the Passive House Institute US.

 

Exterior Assembly Details for a Pacific Northwest Passive House

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The most effective (and easiest) time to detail the air barrier is during the framing stage. If it isn't specified during design, ain't no way the framers are gonna get it right.

Advanced Framing for Framers

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A collection of details that make sense for most framers to incorporate into their SOP—based on feedback from framers who do it a lot.

Energy Star Checklist, Section 1: 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.

 

Non-Structural Codes for Deck Guards

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The non-structural requirements are pretty simple for guard rails: if there's a fall hazard, make a guard, and keep it such that it will actually stop people from falling.

 

Modified Larsen Truss Retrofit: I-Joists on a Roof

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Framing a roof with I-joists over the existing roof makes a ton of room for insulation and offers a short lesson in vapor movement through assemblies

How to Remove a (really) Difficult Subfloor

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Long wedges cut from 2x4s are extremely effective for removing difficult flooring. Oh yeah, and don't forget the sledgehammer.

 

A Modified Larsen Truss Using I-Joists on a Passive House Retrofit

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Screwing I-joists to the outside of a wall—really—makes a lot more room for insulation on a deep energy retrofit in NW Connecticut

 

The Woodworker: 1940 Vocational Guidance Film

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A film on the many aspects of woodworking that go into building things with wood—including a pre-robot look at technology displacing workers

 

Stair Layout with a Visual Construction Calculator

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Use SketchUp.com to visually calculate the rise, run, and materials for stairbuilding—or anything else, for that matter

The Best Way to Frame: Less Wood, More Thought

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Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #1—The most popular page of 2016. Less is more, more or less. And now it is codified.