Framing

Airseal the Rim Joist and Wall Framing Connection

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Glue the rim joist, caulk the gaps, and overhang the wall sheathing to tighten this leaky building assembly

 

Construction Disruption Collection: Robots, CNC Routing, and 3D Printing

Video showing the Guardian GT Big Arm robot

3D Printing is hereby put on notice that it is not the disruptive sweetheart of the construction world anymore. ROBOTS are everywhere.

 

Retrofitting a Hardy Frame Shear Panel

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Here’s how to stiffen walls that are too narrow to resist the force exerted by high winds and earthquakes.

A Robotic Layout Machine

This Roomba-like device can navigate a room and print complicated layout on the floor.

Seismic Retrofit: Soft-Story Construction in Berkeley, Calif

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Tie the walls to the foundation, the floor to the walls, and add shear strength for lateral support

 

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

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

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.

 

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.