A collection of five videos on a Passive House Retrofit in Sharon, CT (climate zone 5) executed by Ben Bogie, Built to Last, LLC
Keep mechanical equipment within the envelope to improve the quality of houses and homes
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.
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.
Six tips for clean and accurate cuts
No I-Joist nailing required
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.
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.
What to look for in a Shear Wall System
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
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
Yup—just drill a hole, add a piece of copper wire and drive the screw home
A film on the many aspects of woodworking that go into building things with wood—including a pre-robot look at technology displacing workers
Use SketchUp.com to visually calculate the rise, run, and materials for stairbuilding—or anything else, for that matter
You get paid for what you do and what you know. Turns out, the more you know, the more you can do.
A tight air barrier is the best way to build an energy-efficient house. Outside the sheathing are many chances to make it better.
It is time to think about the fact that many carpentry jobs may be automated—soon