Old Building Details That Work
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
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.
Stack effect is relentless: it is always working, when you’re awake or asleep, even during blackouts. And it feeds on itself.