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Has anyone had to retrofit a building with single wythe masonry walls?

I am working on a property in Detroit that has, as a wall system, a single wythe of 6 inch brick masonry with sheetrock installed on 1 5/8ths furring strips. So, as you might imagine, air and water runs through the building. Can we build a rain screen from the inside or clad the outside? Or gently push it in the river. I heard an architect say he had seen other buildings constructed this way so I was wondering if anyone had any sources for ideas on how to approach.

Thanks for any help.

Asked By julie klump | Nov 3 09
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Installation of Vapor Barrier

Can anyone tell me how a vapor barrier is installed? I am a 63 yr old lady who purchased a doublewide put on a concrete foundation, and the crawl space if full of dirt. The man who contracted to prepare the foundation, said your put dirt on it to hold the plastic in place. Someone dug 14" and found no plastic. I paid $1500.00 for a vapor barrier that I'm sure I don't have.

Asked By Sydney Morgan | Oct 23 09
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Weep Screeds Behind Manufactured Stone Veneer

I would like to find some clear details or instructions on installing weep screeds and WRB's behind stone veneers. I am particularly interested in the transition between a wood framed wall and a block foundation. The stone veneer would be running continuously from the wall over the foundation. I have had a building inspector tell me that they want to see a weep screed in this transition zone. This does make sense to me because this screed is being sandwiched between the foundation and wall veneer thus defeating its purpose.

Asked By Robert Latvala | Oct 21 09
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How can I find help to install a solar water heated radiant floor in Houston, Texas?

I found your site searching the web for info on solar hater heaters. I want to install a drain back system in my work shop to heat the concret floor in the winter. Any suggestions as to how I can get knowledgeable help/vendor/installer in the Houston area?

Asked By Fred Foreman | Sep 27 09
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I have a customer very concerned about limiting her family's exposure to terpene VOC's.

We're about to build the customer a new, 2-story house. At present, we're intending to build 2x6 wall frame with cavity walls filled with either cellulose or open-cell foam.

Any other observations about terpene sensitivity, or means of encapsulating terpene inside framing lumber would be greatly appreciated.

Also, do you think a typical layer of open cell foam under the roof deck will actually serve to encapsulate the terpenes in roof framing and decking members.


Asked By Dan Fette | Sep 16 09
5 Answers

Costs and energy savings for new construction

I'm meeting with the some people from our state's CID next week to talk about the costs of energy efficiency upgrades for new construction for when you go above and beyond code. Does anyone know of a good current source that gives average cost to energy savings / payback analyses for different EE upgrades?

Asked By Amanda Evans | Aug 21 09
4 Answers

How much does GBA Pro cost? Why so hard to find?

It's the first thought. Why not have it on the first page?

Asked By Keith McGuire | Jan 26 09
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How much does it cost for IGU or BIPV?

Hi Guys!

Please help me out here! I'm interning at Carrasco & Associates, and I need to find out the following information for a commissioned project (project name may not be disclosed at this point in time). I need help on finding out the costs of a few numbers.

Asked By Peter Jones | May 20 09
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How do you say thanks to the answering people?

I'm new to this question area and would like to thank those that have responded to my question - as a courtesy. How do you do it?

Asked By Arthur Ratner, AIA | Jun 25 09
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Have condos gone green?

Do you know of any examples of condo managers or HOA's retrofitting existing condos for increased efficiency and sustainability? I'm interested in projects that have included more than just swapping out lightbulbs.

Thanks for any information you might have.

Todd Felton

Asked By Robert Todd Felton | Jun 23 09
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