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Home Depot Offers High SHGC Glass

I just ordered some windows for the south side of a pretty good house in Colorado.
U=.26, SHGC=0.69

Under $300 for a big fixed vinyl window from Jeld-Wen.

When you sit down with somebody in the millworks dept., just make sure you get the Cardinal LoE-180 glass. Careful, they might try to talk you out of it, because they don't understand passive solar energy.

http://www.cardinalcorp.com/products/coated-glass/loe-180-glass/

Asked By Kevin Dickson, MSME | Jun 17 14
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Windows - Canned spray foam vs. ExoAir foam tape

I noticed that builders will use canned spray foam to fill in the gaps between the window and the window bucks. The spray foam is messy and needs to be trimmed back on the interior and exterior since trim work cannot be done properly. I also question spray foams ability to expand and contract as window frames do over the course of the life of the home. I also have seen smoke pencil tests done after spray foam and there are noticeable air gaps between the window frame and buck.

Asked By Peter L | Jan 24 15
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Roxul Comfort Board vs. Thermafiber RainBarrier

Any differences I should be aware of before I choose? I am wanting to use mineral wool for exterior insulation on a wood frame, two-story dwelling. Very impressed with Roxul online information, technical specs etc. Can't find much about RainBarrier, other than the company info sheet, but it's 1/2 the price of the Roxul. Thermafiber says that the Rainbarrier HD is the product they have made to be comparable to Comfort Board, but cannot find any comparisons between the two.

Asked By Caitanya Joy | Jan 23 15
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Whisper wind exhaust only ventilation durability with continuous run time?

Don't believe any of us know how long a Panasonic Whisper wind fan can be expected to run if exhausting 60 CFM out a bath ceiling if hard wired to operate continuously through time? Anybody have a guess?

Asked By Rick Jenkins | Jan 22 15
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What is the R-value?

I found an insulation recycler that has 1.5" polyiso for the price within my budget.
What I am trying to figure out, since Googling it does not produce results, what R value should I expect out of NRG Barriers 1.5" polyiso?

Asked By Apollo S | Jan 22 15
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Recommendations for concrete sealer?

Our contractor is recommending Clementone Clear Sealer for our new basement slab, which will be frequently used living space. The MSDS lists ethoxylated acetylenic diols, and the regulatory info says it contains substances listed under Title III of the Superfund Act and Prop 65. What less-toxic alternatives would be appropriate for this residential use? We will be moving in with a 1-year- but intend to add a large dog. The uses include mud room and playroom as well as laundry and guest quarters. The concrete has a black tint but otherwise as yet unsealed.

Asked By elizabeth skewgar | Jan 21 15
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WRB recommendations for interior fireplace surround

I am redoing a fireplace surround with synthetic stone and need to know what to use for a WRB under lath mesh and scratch coat

Asked By John Bertelsen | Jan 19 15
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Would you be concerned about interior Formaldehyde levels with mineral wool

I was looking at using mineral wool batt insulation between studs in a staged retrofit situation. It looks like most of the mineral wool batts available still use a formaldehyde binder.

I wasn't too worried because the home is very leaky right now and I thought that I might "dilute" out the formaldehyde over a few years before I tightened up the envelope. However, I found this article by Dr. Joe http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-070-first-deal-wit...

In it he shows/states that :

Asked By MIke Truxillo | Jan 19 15
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Double glazing

I am replacing some glazing in home built units. Planning low E-argon. Looking for recommendations re alternatives to aluminum for the edge spacers of units. Minimum thickness of space between glass will be 3/8".

Asked By Doug Clayton | Jan 17 15
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Triple Pane - Bristol Windows?

Anyone hear of Bristol Windows out of PA? They make a triple pane window but looking at the frame profile section compared to a European triple pane window, it's a night and day difference. The European frame is way beefier and reinforced with steel.

Just curious if anyone has seen these windows up close or used them?

Asked By Peter L | Jan 14 15
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