Flashing a wood-framed chimney is like flashing a dormer, except there’s no roof behind it. Without protection, water can leak into the joint and rot your walls to direct uphill water away
Whether using roof trusses or stick framing a roof frame, if you make space above the exterior walls, your energy performance will thank you.
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.
Recessed into thick layers of insulation, innie windows are protected from the weather
Concentrate on the corners and think like water when overlapping the layers
A tight air barrier is the best way to build an energy-efficient house. Outside the sheathing are many chances to make it better.
A thermal break and solid backing puts the window on the outer face of a thick wall. Now, there's room on the inside window sill for cats and bowling trophies
Ground zero for roof rot is often where roofs meet walls.
Sealing the layers—and overlapping them right—is how high performance building gets done
Letting the brick dry evenly is the key for old masonry walls that want to leak less energy
Adding brick to the outside of a house complicates insulating outside a slab. So Insulate inside.
Protect the eave from ice dams and sideways rain
An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 1, 2, and 3
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.