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Does this plan for a vented over-roof make sense?

Hi all, first time asking a question but I’ve found this Q&A very helpful in the past. Thanks in advance for your help.

I’m planning to add a vented over-roof to my zone 6 northern NY house. It has three roof sections: two cathedral and one with an attic. I’ll be dense packing the cathedral ceilings with cellulose and spray foaming the attic before over-roofing, making all three roofs hot and roughly R-25+ before the over-roof. Here’s the thinking on the vented over-roof layers, from bottom up:

1) Decking
2) Air barrier membrane

Asked By Jan Wellford | Oct 3 14
18 Answers

Detail and Insulation Review

We are looking to do REMOTE wall construction on our new house located in S.E. Michigan. Currently drawn as 2" exterior rigid foam, but 3" will probably be the the correct amount to use. I plan to use Bituthene as the WRB, not sure if anyone can recommend any alternatives? I really like Bituthene's low perms and low cost, but I assume that asphalt products aren't all that green....

Asked By Eric Burhop | Jul 31 13
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Detail and Insulation Review

We are looking to do REMOTE wall construction on our new house located in S.E. Michigan. Currently drawn as 2" exterior rigid foam, but 3" will probably be the the correct amount to use. I plan to use Bituthene as the WRB, not sure if anyone can recommend any alternatives? I really like Bituthene's low perms and low cost, but I assume that asphalt products aren't all that green....

Asked By Eric Burhop | Jul 31 13
4 Answers

Zone 5 - Cathedral Ceiling

Hello all. Long time lurker building a new house by Candlewood Lake in CT. We are currently finishing up framing and I am getting all kinds of debate on the cathedral ceiling in my master bedroom. Above it is proposed 2 x 12 rafters and we were going to go with a vented dense packed cellulose insulation. Now I am considering adding a 1.5" layer of PolyIso on the inside.

Is there any potential to not vent? All the articles I see here strongly suggest venting when dense packed cellulose is used in a cathedral. What say you?

Is the 1.5" of Polyiso worth it?

Asked By Paul Szymanski | Sep 30 14
8 Answers

Is continuous polyiso over plywood and concrete wall OK?

I have a 200-year-old timber-frame Cape in western Massachusetts. Last year we had Mass Save insulate the roof and three side walls with dense-packed cellulose. Unfortunately the fourth wall was an addition (70's or 80's) and already had fiberglass so the program couldn't do anything to improve it.

We are ready to tackle this final wall. Since the inside is finished we won't be removing the fiberglass but will be adding rigid foam to the outside.

From outside in our details will be:

  • 1 x 10 Ship Lap Siding (Vertical)
Asked By Jamie Malcolm-Brown | Sep 30 14
20 Answers

Community insights for a straw & steel green build?

We are building a straw-bale house with steel bones in Sacramento, CA in spring 2015 and I'd love to get some insights from the community! We are pretty far along into the design process, but with nothing purchased as of yet I'd love to get some input before we put our money where our mouths are.

Our goal is to have a (mostly) passively heated and cooled home in (relativity) temperate Sacramento, CA. Passivhaus would be nice but it's an aspiration rather than a goal. Our lot has a number of trees for shade that we plan to utilize, especially in the western aspect.

Asked By Nick Campbell | Aug 26 14
26 Answers

Review my home insulation plan

I'm building a new house, and would love to hear feedback on the insulation plan. It can be found here: http://lazukars.bitbucket.org/house.png

DESIGN GOALS:

- Have a consistent insulation pattern up from the basement and up through the roof. In this case XPS on the exterior and ccSPF on the interior.
- Eliminate thermal bridges wherever possible.
- Double the insulation required by code

CONCERNS WITH THIS DESIGN:

- Foam Sandwich: The current sandwich of XPS on OSB on ccSPF will create OSB rot. The OSB will not be able to dry to the interior.

Asked By Ryan Lazuka | Aug 18 14
4 Answers

Bathroom remodel plans call for 3 sconces next to medicine cabinets (two 60-watt bulbs each in frosted glass fixtures)

Plans also call for two 4" cans 5 feet behind sinks for lighting by the closet. The contractor wants to add two recessed 4" cans above sinks (on dimmers). We also have a large skylight in the room. Advice? Thank you!

Asked By Suzanne Taylor | Aug 4 14
13 Answers

Check my wall strategy?

We're about to begin framing on a new house in zone 6A (Minneapolis). From months of reading and following posts here, I've devised what I think is a wall/insulation strategy that will work. Does this look right, or are there any tweaks that could make it:
a) perform better (within reason; we're going after the "pretty good" model, not a Passivhaus)
b) more cost-effective
c) easier to build

The concept (inside to out):
- Drywall
- 2x6 stud wall
- Membrain or similar (6-mil poly if the inspector insists...sigh)
- 5.5" blown fiberglass cavity insulation (BIBS) = R-23

Asked By Joshua Wyatt | Jul 28 14
3 Answers

Ventilation through HVAC air return

My house has no ventilation aside from the bath and kitchen exhausts. This needs to change. ASHRAE 62.2 wants me to have 66cfm, and BSC-01 42cfm. No way I'm getting that through the cracks of the windows. But I don't want a whole 'nother duct system. I already have ducts! Also, I don't like the idea of exhaust-only. Where's that air gonna come from? My crawlspace is icky!

Asked By Jacob Weel | Jun 21 14
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