Insulation, Air Sealing

Superinsulated Sunroom (2): Nail Bucks for (Outie) Flanged Windows


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.


Warm and Dry Monolithic Slab with Brick Ledge


Adding brick to the outside of a house complicates insulating outside a slab. So Insulate inside.

Superinsulated Sunroom (1): Exterior Foam Layer


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

Innie Window Installation On an Exterior Foam Retrofit


A deep energy retrofit in Concord, MA illustrates everything you need to know to bring a house to energy überville

Slab Edge Insulation: Why it Matters


You can't stop heat flow, but you can keep your floor from becoming a big ol' heat sink

Installing an In-Betweenie Window (1): Sill Pan Flashing


Flashing an In-Betweenie window is a lot like flashing an Innie or an Outie, only it is somewhere in between

The What, Why, Where, and How of Blower Door Testing

John Straube is excited about blower doors!

Everything there is to know (well, almost) about blower door testing with a few engineer-y jokes along the way.

Frost-Protected Monolithic Slab


An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 4, 5, and 6

Exterior Assembly Details for a Pacific Northwest Passive House

Passive house air barrier details video

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.

How Deep is Deep Enough to Bury Ducts?

Turns out, ducts buried under insulation actually can work to save energy and eliminate condensation inside the ducts. If you seal and insulate them first


How to Install Cellulose Insulation in an Attic—Alone


Blowing a thick bed of insulation into an attic is really a two-person job, but you can do it by yourself if you have to

Sealing Holes in Bath Fan Ventilation Duct System (Energy Star 5.1.4)


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.

Seal Holes from Pipes and Wires


An item on the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. Item 5.1.2, to be exact ...

Air Sealing Details for a Net Zero Energy Home

The air sealing process for a high performance home with double-stud walls. 

Energy Star 2.1: Walls Behind Tubs and Showers

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Tight makes right behind tubs and showers—because they can be *ruff* to retrofit

How The 2015 Energy Code Affects Historic & Existing Buildings

You can dig in to the roof without adding more insulation, but you can't dig far