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Specifying or noting "Mooney" x-hatching on ext. walls

The contractor who is building the dried-in shell for my house gave me the green light to add the "Mooney"-like cross-hatching to the exterior walls. The building department wants to see the x-hatch on the plans that I submit.
I'm showing the ext. walls 1½" thicker but I don't know the right ways to note the x-hatching.
Could someone attach a couple examples or describe the appropriate note?
Does someone have a detail drawing they have used before?

Asked By Mark Walker | Jul 18 17
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Heated Post Frame Shop

Hi all,

Asked By Adam Emter | Jun 10 17
13 Answers

Roof modification from I-Js to Truss and WRB

Back ground:
Building in a rural area, I had no idea how difficult finding people and materials would be to build an energy efficient home. Over the last year I have read and referenced many articles from GBA. Now I'm taking control of my build. (The builder backed out) I built our house in “Sketchup” during the design faze so my wife could “see” what the rooms looked like. Now I continue to refine the detail down to the studs and sheets to set placement for the build.

Asked By Gary-Va | Jun 1 17
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Shop with radiant slab heat: Do I need slab insulation?


I'm planning to build a 40x96 shop with in-slab radiant heat. I will likely only heat to 55 degrees. I live in Central ND, zone 7a. Wondering if it's necessary to use foam under my slab. Any thoughts?

Asked By Adam Emter | May 29 17
7 Answers

Airtightness review and OSB?

I'm finalizing the specs on our energy efficient home and am looking for your comments on the following details:
Wall: metal siding, strapping, 3" Roxul Comfortboard, Tyvek Commercial WRB, 3/8" OSB with taped seams, 2x8 studs 16"OC, Roxul, 6mm poly AVB, 2x4 stud service cavity, 1/2" drywall.
My biggest concern is the lack of air tightness of the OSB, and if that will be solved by taping the seams and using the Tyvek Commercial wrap.

Asked By Terry Goodwin | Apr 17 17
19 Answers

Roof/Wall Connection on a Pretty Good house, Zone 5A, Cold 6000HDD

Hello everybody. I've been perusing GBA for a while trying to come up with a wall for this 2 story, ~2000SF house that makes sense, is not too expensive, and is durable. I'm trying to avoid using foam unless absolutely necessary. In the attached drawing you will see my working idea for my roof and wall at the downward slope of what will be a shed roof (1 1/2" / 12" slope).

The basic build up of the wall is

  1. Painted GWB or Finish plywood (at some locations)
  2. 2x6 framed walls with dense pack cellulose
Asked By Ethan T | Mar 31 17
12 Answers

Critique this rough floorplan

We are in beginning stages of choosing an architect/project manager, but we have some wishes on how we want the floor plan to be.

Being amateurs, I'm sure there are mistakes. Please critique.

Our goals, wants and needs:

- make the house as small as possible, ut with enough room for everything we need/want
For example, we want a study, though that is not common practice here. We took that good practice from USA and like it a lot.

Asked By davor radman | Mar 28 17
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Green & Passive design

As an architectural designer, I have long been interested in green and passive home design, having dabbled and dreamed. I now have a project that will encompass both, as well as the use of SIPs for roof and walls.
Simple questions with elusive answers:
1. Where can I find the angles of the sun at June 21 & Dec. 21 for a specific latitude?
2. How do a loft area and high vaulted ceilings fit in? It seems that both the Window to Wall ratios, and mechanical load numbers are all calculated using square footage. Surely ceiling height and volume have an impact.

Asked By Becky Nemetchek | Mar 29 17
6 Answers

Ideas for this floorplan Pt. II

....and I'm back! The system wouldn't let me reply to my own thread. It kept marking my reply as spam.

It's been a while since I posted an update to my thread but here it is.

I have processed all of the feedback given to me and applied this to my original wants. The idea is an open plan, living areas to the south, concentrate plumbing in one area, large master with walk-in shower, tub, master bed with walk-in closet, large kitchen, et cetera and this is where I am. I moved the master closet back up to the north wall again and I've added lots of other closet spaces.

Asked By Drew Baden | Dec 14 16
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Solar glazing

With all of the excellent advice I've been given, I decided to join GBA today to show my appreciation and support.

In my opinion, the value I've gathered thus far exceeds the amount of the membership cost.

At any rate, many of you have seen my plans that I'm creating and now I'd like to discuss my window options. I have decided to utilize the attic space as a bonus room and tossed a couple of windows up there.

I have my eye on Intus windows but I'll also price thermotech since they're geographically nearer to me. I'm still sourcing a manufacturer for the doors.

Asked By Drew Baden | Apr 8 16
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