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Urban Rustic: Air Sealing the Attic Floor

After considering Zip sheathing for the ceiling air barrier, we settled on the Intello membrane instead

Posted on Dec 5 2017 by Eric Whetzel

Editor's note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project; a list of Eric's previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric's blog, Kimchi & Kraut.


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Batt Insulation is Still Making Me Batty

The installation quality of fiberglass batt jobs just isn’t getting any better around here — even in homes seeking LEED certification

Posted on Feb 7 2013 by Carl Seville

I recently performed the pre-drywall inspection on a small home seeking LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. certification. The local building inspector had visited and approved the batts for covering up.


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Energy Code Enforcement is a Mixed Bag

Georgia’s required testing is a great start, but building inspectors need to step it up

Posted on Nov 29 2011 by Carl Seville

I’ve never been much of a code geek, but recently I’ve been studying the 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC International Energy Conservation Code.) documents. When I was a contractor, energy code enforcement by building officials was pretty much nonexistent, so I didn’t pay much attention to the specifics, although I’m fairly certain we met or exceeded the minimum requirements in our projects.


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