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Choosing the Right Water-Resistive Barrier

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Scott Gibson in Q&A Spotlight

Yes, James Timmerberg's new house will have a water-resistive barrierSometimes also called the weather-resistive barrier, this layer of any wall assembly is the material interior to the wall cladding that forms a secondary drainage plane for liquid water that makes it past the cladding. This layer can be building paper, housewrap, or even a fluid-applied material. (WRB) on the exterior walls.

Martin’s 2015 Christmas Poem

Posted on December 18, 2015 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Green Building Blog

To Our Coy Leaders
With apologies to Andrew Marvell

The Big Picture on Ultra-High-Def TV

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Noah Horowitz in Guest Blogs

A shift to the next generation of televisions known as Ultra-High-Definition (UHD), and sometimes 4K, could cost U.S. consumers an additional $1 billion annually unless further energy efficiency improvements are made, according to our new report.

Is Your House Too Leaky Because of Fiberglass?

Posted on December 16, 2015 by Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, GBA Advisor in Building Science

I read a lot of stuff online about insulation and air barriers and other building science topics. I see a fair number of articles bashing certain products or materials. Sometimes it's because the author sells a competing product. Sometimes they just don't like a product. Take fiberglass insulation, for example. What thoughts just went through your head?

Some Notes on This Year’s Greenbuild Conference

Posted on December 15, 2015 by Stuart Kaplow in Guest Blogs

The U.S. Green Building Council's annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo wrapped up November 20 in in Washington, D.C. The question I have been asked most about Greenbuild is, “What was the highlight?”

My response: Greenbuild is the target-rich environment for green building people. The thousands of attendees represent more sustainability and green building business opportunities in a single place than will exist anywhere else on the planet this year. So, the highlight is the people.

Insulating a Cape Cod House

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

If you own an older Cape Cod home, you have my sympathy. If you’re the type of homeowner who regularly tackles DIY projects, you’ve probably spent weeks chasing air leaks with a foam gun, lying on your back in a cramped attic. And there's a good chance that, in spite of your efforts, your house still suffers from ice dams.

I’m sorry for your troubles. You deserve better.

If you are thinking of building a new Cape, it’s not too late to get the details right — as long as you’re still at the planning stage.

Siding and Interior Finish Work in New Hampshire

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Brian Post in Guest Blogs

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of blogs chronicling the design and construction of a house owned by Brian Post and Kyra Salancy. The first blog in the series was titled Building a Small House in the White Mountains.

The winter of 2013-2014 started without much snow, but progressed into an extended period of cold and snow from February through March. Normally, we’d take advantage of this on skis, but the house project was occupying most of our attention.

Toilet Talk: Meeting One of the World’s Grand Challenges

Posted on December 9, 2015 by Karl Linden in Guest Blogs

How is it possible that 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities in 2015?

While many westerners use their bathroom time as “me time,“ 40% of the world’s population may be pooping outdoors, in an unsanitary latrine, or in a plastic bag and launching flying toilets to dispose of their waste.

Heating a Superinsulated House in a Cold Climate

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Kent Earle in Guest Blogs

Editor's note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, which documents their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com first posted a blog about their decision not to seek Passivhaus certification in May 2015.

What To Do With All That Recessed Lighting?

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Scott Gibson in Q&A Spotlight

Justin Brown has moved into a house with lots of recessed lighting fixtures, including 10 six-inch Prescolite non-airtight fixtures on the second floor ceiling, and another 11 mounted in cathedral ceilings. He may have plenty of light in those rooms, but he's more concerned about all the air that's leaking into the attic and rafter bays and the heat loss that goes along with it.

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