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Monitoring Moisture Levels in Double-Stud Walls

Posted on March 06,2015 by user-756436 in cold OSB

Most wood-framed buildings have no insulation on the exterior side of the wall sheathing. That means that the wall sheathing gets cold and wet during the winter.

Making Green Affordable, Part 2

Posted on March 06,2015 by ChrisBriley in affordability

Part Two of this episode brings us to construction details for high-performance affordable homes. Again, I feel the need to point out that we are not talking about low-income housing or housing that makes a difference between shelter and non-shelter. I'm talking about high-performance homes that will compete, on a financial level, with those cheap vinyl boxes that litter suburbia and urban areas alike. Phil and I have refreshed our drinks and are ready to talk about building envelope construction from the bottom up. Let's get started.

Designing Superinsulated Walls

Posted on March 06,2015 by user-961160 in cellulose

[Editor's note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 12th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] I’ve always enjoyed watching new homes being built. From the humble beginnings of a simple hole in the ground, a job site gradually changes as a succession of tradesmen arrive daily to craft concrete, lumber, roofing, windows, drywall, copper pipes into basic shelter, before giving way to a parade of cabinets, appliances and other finishing touches.

Choosing a Cost-Effective Wall System

Posted on March 06,2015 by ScottG in British Columbia

Erik Olofsson is planning a small house in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Ideally, he’d like to get the walls close to R-40. The question is how. “Seeing that the received opinion around GBA is the tandem of polyethylene sheeting and exterior rigid foam is not ideal, what do the builders on this site recommend?” he asks in a post at the GBA Q&A forum. “Larsen trusses seem fairly labor-intensive and rigid foam is expensive ... Is a double-stud wall the answer?”

How Risky Is Cold OSB Wall Sheathing?

Posted on March 06,2015 by user-756436 in cold OSB

During the winter months, wall sheathing is usually cold. Cold sheathing is risky, since it tends to accumulate moisture during the winter. Unless the sheathing can dry out during the summer months, damp sheathing can rot.

Green Basics Double-Stud Walls
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