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Three-pronged solution to indoor pollution: Isolate, eliminate, and ventilate
Too much of a good thing can kill you. Including sunny weather.
You can't simply go down to the hardware store and buy a box labeled air barrier
Old Building Details That Work
Vapor barriers cause a lot more harm than good in many parts of North America. Understanding vapor barriers begins with knowing what it means to be one
Thin foil can block massive amounts of heat transfer, but it needs a massive temperature difference to be effective. So, insulation sort of makes radiant barriers irrelevant.
Houses cannot expand and contract with changes in pressure like balloons can. Instead, they need paths for air to balance the pressure
Moving air keeps unwanted heat and moisture out of your roof system
Siding is supposed to shed water away from walls; so what's the deal with siding that absorbs water?
As houses are built tighter, they exchange less air between inside and outside. This saves energy, but the inside air can get stale if you don't have a fan and a plan
A snowball effect of physics vs. physical structures: water carries salt to the surface of masonry, which crystallizes and can blow apart its masonry host.
A big problem, for roofs in cold climates, but what causes it and how can you fix it?
Stack effect is relentless: it is always working, when you’re awake or asleep, even during blackouts. And it feeds on itself.
This is the first episode of 7 Minutes of BS (building science). We break it down with engineers and building scientists.