Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #2. Stop rot with house wrap
Hands-on training with local pros at the largest construction event in the Northeast
A big problem, for roofs in cold climates, but what causes it and how can you fix it?
A tight air barrier is the best way to build an energy-efficient house. Outside the sheathing are many chances to make it better.
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
Stack effect is relentless: it is always working, when you’re awake or asleep, even during blackouts. And it feeds on itself.
When air sealing a house, begin with the biggest holes and work toward the small ones
"In order to maximize the buildable area on the infill lot, we had to go fairly deep and do some extensive shoring."
—Dan Whitmore of Hammer & Hand
Offset the joints and seal the gaps to keep air leaks out of the thick walls
This is the first episode of 7 Minutes of BS (building science). We break it down with engineers and building scientists.
What the HERS index is and how to make it work for you
Windows cannot rest on the foam, so they hang from wood bucks
Letting the brick dry evenly is the key for old masonry walls that want to leak less energy
Dr. Bailes does the math
Direct the heat toward the feet
Wide tape spans the many layers of a thick wall to make an air tight and water tight seal
Window banks need to line up neatly for the trim to work out. Foam walls add the extra possibility of compressing the backing. So there's that.
Adding brick to the outside of a house complicates insulating outside a slab. So Insulate inside.
A superinsulated sunroom might sound like an oxymoronic idea, but it is not. Just use triple glazed windows and thick foam over the wall framing and roof