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Passive open-concept family home in Climate Zone 8 - Ontario

Hi All

I just finished binge listening to some finehomebuilding podcasts and heard the 2 with Martin in and thoroughly enjoyed listening. We would live in US Zone 8 being 45 minutes north of Grand Portage, MN.
Degree Day Rating (18C / 64F) 5673

Asked By Kiefk | Oct 14 17
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Legalett slab for Sequim, Washington

I am building a home in Sequim, WA. My architect is finishing up the design and construction will begin next year. I plan to use a Legalett raft slab with the air radiant floor heating system. Sequim has a marine climate and gets an average of 16" inches of rain per year.

I am looking for feedback from anyone who has built with a Legalett slab. What was your experience with the vendor and how the slab has performed?

Asked By David Van Cleve | Sep 18 17
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SIP "Larsen studs"

From my local SIP maker I can get 10' lengths of 1 3/8" wide 7" deep SIP for about twice the price of a 2x6, I'll complete the stud by Adding a strip of Thermoply 7" wide on one side.using polyurethane glue and some staples. This makes a quasi "Larsen" truss that I'll build my outer walls with. I can insulate between these "studs" with ordinary low cost mineral wool bats for r30 in the cavities. These SIP studs with he Thermoply "web" are about r23, pretty awsome, I think.

Asked By Jerry Liebler | Sep 15 17
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"Thermoply" applications ?

"Thermo-ply" is an interesting material, less than 1/8" thick and sold as a structural sheathing that can replace OSB as an air barrier etc. I'm considering it as my main air barrier in my thick walls, as a web in Larsen like trusses, under my roof trusses both to support the cellulose above and as the air barrier over a service cavity' and as "tie" plates and around window & door openings for my double wall. My walls will have the primary air barrier on the outer face of an inner 2x4 wall with 2x4 top and bottom plates and an outer wall made of Larsen like trusses for studs.

Asked By Jerry Liebler | Sep 12 17
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Foundation plan details: Block wall, XPS, and drain tile

Hi everyone,

Hoping I could get a bit of advice on my current exterior wall plan for my split level. I have 2 figures in my drawing. Fig. 1 is for section of the house that has no daylight basement, fig. 2 has a daylight basement. Daylight basement is a little less then 4ft below grade. This is a retro fit job. Inside of basement is already complete. House is running radiant heat.

Asked By Dan Nospa | Sep 7 17
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Stick-framed Roxul SIP

From my previous posts many know that I'll soon build a "pretty good" house using double stud walls insulated with mineral wool. I think I have finally "invented" a construction method that is "reasonable". It starts with ripped plywood top and bottom plates that are the width of the total wall, inner layer (with sheathing on it's exterior face), mid-wall insulation and outer wall. The plywood ( I don't trust OSB for this) is the bottom and top plate, second top plates of 2x lumber will be added as sections are erected.

Asked By Jerry Liebler | Sep 4 17
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Floor plans - Bungalow

My wife and I have gone through many revision since November 2016 and we believe we are nearing the end. The property we will be building on is almost 23 acres location in rural Ottawa, Canada. The house will be a bungalow with slab on grade and a single pitch roof for cost reason and simple building since I will doing a lot of the work myself. We are looking to certify LEED for Home and aiming for Platinum and also using Passive House standard for the energy side. We plan to install a 6-8 kW ground mounted solar array during the build or at a future date if it's not in the budget.

Asked By Arnold K | Aug 24 17
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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
6 Answers

Heated Post Frame Shop

Hi all,

Asked By Adam Emter | Jun 10 17
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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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