Jobsite Handbook

Installing a Roof Deck

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This small video collection covers the basics of installing a roof deck in a place where sideways rain is real.

Universal Design Handbook

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Making a house easy to live in regardless of your age or ability seems like a good idea, but it is rarely done.

Exterior Insulation Guide: Cold Climate

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Everything* you need to know about adding insulation to the outside of old homes with cold bones

Roof Flashing Guide: From Drip Edge to Valley Flashing

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Drip edge metal, valley flashing, dormer, chimney, and kickout flashing are types of roof flashing that shed water away from the connections between roofs, walls, chimneys, and other building assemblies

Energy Efficient Framing Guide

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A field-tested collection of videos, articles, and animated details on practical improvements to the framing process that strips out the less-valuable 'advice' often passed on by others.  

Rain Screen Siding Guide

Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet. An air gap between the siding and sheathing lets both dry independently.

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.

 

WRB and House Wrap Installation Guide

House wraps and weather barriers can play a critical role in a high performance wall assembly. In fact, the WRB is a BFD

 

Window Installation Guide

Windows are big holes in walls that must be sealed against wind, water, and heat. This guide covers scope of work, how to install them, and why it matters.

 

Edge Flashing Guide

Comprehensive package on flashing and detailing the drip-edge metal flashing on a roof.