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This will be located in SW Colorado climate zone 6B (ICC zone 5B). Long axis due east-west with a 45 deg bend on the west 1/3. Attached is a pdf of a typical cross section of the proposed design. I will have some specific questions forethcoming but this is partly a test to see how the pdf looks posted.

Asked By Chuck Jensen | Apr 12 14
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We are planning a major renovation of our 1970s ranch and would like in-floor radiant heat. The house is on an uninsulated slab in climate zone 5A. Our current plan is to insulate with 1.5" XPS over the slab, lay Schluter Bekotec over the insulation, place the the PEX in the Bekotec, screed then tile thoughout the house.

Asked By Jessica Marchesi | Apr 6 14
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I am using a commercial insulated metal panel system to insulate on the exterior of the sheathing. Panels are arranged horizontally (40" high and up to 40' long but I'll likely cut to 10' as they would be too heavy) and secure through plywood to 2x6 studs using metal self-tapping screws.

Appreciate the community's help in determining best location for air and vapour barriers / retarders in this assembly.

1. INTERIOR STEEL FACE AND CAULKING? ALLOW MOISTURE TO DRY TO INSIDE?

Asked By Jerry Chwang | Apr 2 14
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I help to build houses with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate south of Houston, TX (Zone 2A) and I would like your thoughts on how we weatherproof the homes.
We use standard 2x4 construction, with OSB sheathing. (Cavities and attic floor are filled with blown in rock wool)
Flanged vinyl single hung windows are installed as per Texas Windstorm Regulations. We do not put any window pan or any other drainage plane/ water resistant barrier in before installing window.
We do use Dow Weathermate 4" Flashing Tape over all four flanges (working upward).

Asked By Steve Young | Feb 16 14
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We are building in SE Michigan (Zone 5) and after months of research on this site we are looking to finalize our section.

We plan on doing a PERSIST/REMOTE wall section and are struggling coming up with a large eave that we can attach outside the envelop. I have included sections for metal and shingle roofs. The metal furring seems less costly than covering the roof in another layer of sheathing....

We are mainly looking for advice on the eaves, but any other advice on the section would be helpful.

Thanks.

Asked By Eric Burhop | Jan 6 14
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This site has been invaluable as I attempt to educate myself with respect to designing and hopefully building (with plenty o' help) a 1500 sq. ft. passive solar home.

Here are some details of the current design. See conceptual pictures.

> Climate Zone 5A (Rochester, NY)
> Shed roof. Standing Seam Metal roof with air gap/rain screen
> OSB-SIP walls and roof (R=52 for both)
> Frost-protected shallow foundation, concrete slab on grade
> South windows triple-glazed, high SHGC>0.5, fiberglass (not sure on manufacturer)
> Lunos e2 ductless HRV (2 or 3 pair)
>: Main floor with loft

Asked By David Mancuso | Jan 4 14
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This site has been invaluable as I attempt to educate myself with respect to designing and hopefully building (with plenty o' help) a 1500 sq. ft. passive solar home.

Here are some details of the current design. See conceptual pictures.

> Climate Zone 5A (Rochester, NY)
> Shed roof. Standing Seam Metal roof with air gap/rain screen
> OSB-SIP walls and roof (R=52 for both)
> Frost-protected shallow foundation, concrete slab on grade
> South windows triple-glazed, high SHGC>0.5, fiberglass (not sure on manufacturer)
> Lunos e2 ductless HRV (2 or 3 pair)
>: Main floor with loft

Asked By David Mancuso | Jan 4 14
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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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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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Climate zone 4 ( Western NC mountains ) Prospective wall -- 2x6 24" OC, 7/16" - 1/2" sheeting only as required for bracing. Thermoply or similar with taped seams for one air barrier. 2" to 4" rigid foam in several layers with taped/sealed staggered seams(with adjustments for the bracing to give a even outer wall) 1"x4" strapping for siding attachment. Vinly siding. Minimum 5' roof over hang ( porch completely around house ).

Asked By Roy Goodwin | Dec 3 13
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