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Foundation detail...

I've been developing my "poor man's thermomass" for some while and hope to get some feedback on a few points. First of all, after looking at many many many other foundation details with exterior insulation, I'm still not confident that this arrangement of insulation sufficiently creates a thermal break. Missy discussion is about insulated basements but this is slab on grade.

Below 4" slab is 10" recycled glass Poraver beads. This is on top of compacted gravel. At the Endeavor Center, they put 6mil poly below poraver. I'm worried this created a "bathtub" situation.

Asked By Ethan T ; Climate Zone 5A ; ~6000HDD | Jan 21 18
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Header Hangers vs. Jack Studs - Thermal Bridging

Advanced framing articles all seem to advise the use of header hangers instead of using jack studs. The idea is, less wood and more insulation in the wall, and better the thermal performance.

Has anyone studies whether the thermal bridge of a jack stud is better or worse than a header hanger? A jack stud is very large by comparison, but a header hanger is a relatively heavy gauge piece of steel that bridges right from sheething to drywall.

Beyond the thermal bridge, could a cold spot behind the drywall cause moisture issues or condensation on the interior surface of the wall?

Asked By Lance Peters | Jan 21 18
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New house CZ3, ducted HVAC & air handling design questions

2500sf single story 3 bedroom north bay, California house with conditioned rat slab crawlspace. 3 bathrooms, family rooms with a gas fireplace, "great room" kitchen/DR/LR is 30x42.

Plans call for 2x6 walls with 1" of well sealed foam (exact type still tbd), 500sf of casement windows and french doors with sub-.30 ufactor glazing, unvented 6/12 exterior pitch scissor trusses.

Asked By Rob Hunter | Jan 21 18
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Rim Joist External Insulation and Air Barrier - How To?

CZ6A

I plan to recess my rim joist so that 2" EPS can be added as a thermal break. This will be flush with the studs so my sheathing can cover the whole area. Pretty standard.

I want to bring my vapor retarder (Intello or Membrain) out and around the rim joist so it attaches with the vapor retarder on the inside walls. This should result in a seamless air seal from foundation to trusses. Again, pretty standard.

My first question is, does the 2" EPS go on the inside or outside of the vapor retarder and why?

Asked By Lance Peters | Jan 21 18
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Insulation with best life expectancy and low embodied energy?

I'm researching insulation options. I want to keep embodied energy down, but also want to have something with a life expectancy of centuries, not decades. Although I've mostly nixed SIPs (PU) because of it's high embodied energy, if it lasts centuries while other insulation materials last decades, then should it be considered? I've also been finding different opinions on the life expectancy of SIPs. Some people say 300 years, others say 50-100.

Asked By Mike AbiEzzi | Jan 19 18
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What materials meet code for "flash and batt" on my ceiling?

I have an unfinished basement and I am looking to add about 5" of insulation to fill up the joist bays on the ceiling. The bays are 7 inches deep and will soon have around 2" of foam.

I am wondering if I would be able to fill the bays with Roxul and cover the entire ceiling with house wrap.

The reason for the roxul is that if necessary it would still be possible to access what's in my ceiling (wiring and some pipes), without the negative effects on air quality of the fiberglass.

I understand I can trim the roxul with a knife to match my very uneven 80 year old ceiling joist bays.

Asked By Robert Wan | Jan 12 18
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Wood stove backdraft

Hi all,

Asked By Randy Williams | Jan 19 18
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Foundation Uplift

I am planning to build a 2 story standard colonial (28 x 36) in lower Michigan using Sips upper walls and a PWF conditioned crawlspace foundation. I am somewhat puzzled by how uplift is prevented in some of the PWF recommendations I see proposed. I will not be back filling the interior walls so it appears there are 2 options. Pour a 3-1/2" concrete floor( attach to wall via a screed board with embedded fasteners) or build a treated regular joist floor?

Asked By William Oldaker | Jan 21 18
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Cycling of heat pump

I have a Fujitsu heat pump with two indoor units each in relatively small rooms. (For good or bad, this decision was made because I was not satisfied if only one room had a unit that sufficient heat could be transmitted to the second room and I wanted each room to have its own thermostat. I recognize that they are larger than I need but I did not see good alternatives) Currently both units are set on "minimum heat" (50 degrees F) because the rooms are not occupied for days at a time.

Asked By David Martin | Jan 14 18
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Duct board repair/starter collar holder help

A contractor who installed my heater wrong/ I had to replace it after 12 years.
is now fixing my duct system to make me happy, (per them)
the duct system is duct board 26.5" wide 15.5" tall that runs like an L
around say 13 feet then L then say 75 feet long.
it dips down in the middle then goes back up but its all the same size.
from that flex taps off the box to the vents along the way and at the end they ran a 10" scoop to 8x8x8 and then 8x6x8 so its two 8 inch and one 6 inch flex at the vary end of the duct board.

Asked By Chicken123 | Jan 21 18
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