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36 Answers

Brick house insulation

All,
First of all, I wanted to wish everyone Happy and Prosperous New Year!
I would like to ask for an advice regarding a wall cavity composition. I am in Westchester County, 30 miles north of New York City, climate zone 4. I am about to acquire a brick house (tiny brick, maybe 2-3 inches thick). Single wythe, I believe. I think that brick is just decorative and is not load bearing at all. Only cinder blocks in the basement support the floor joists. Second floor ceiling joists are supported by wood framing.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Sebastian Smith | Dec 29 17
5 Answers

Garage Insulation - walls and roof?

Hello,

I have enjoyed learning from all of the great content on this website - it has guided me through several projects and raised my interest in building science and improving the energy efficiency of my home.

My current question has two parts - 1) should I insulate my attached garage, and 2) if yes, how can I do this correctly and in a cost effective manner?

In General questions | Asked By Eric Miller | Apr 10 18
9 Answers

Does my wall assembly seem adequate for my area?

Hi everyone! I have a question about a wall assembly I want to use at my off-grid mountain cabin. It's a 1986 build cabin but the weather and environment with a lack of previous owner's attention have made the project list somewhat large. We're overhauling our solar system so I plan to practice these wall assembly details on the powerhouse shed before attempting the main cabin.

Here's what I have planned:
1) interior insulation currently fiberglass, want to install closed cell spray foam in some areas and leave fiberglass in other areas
2) 1/2" CDX plywood
3) Delta vent SA WRB

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By mountaincabin | Apr 17 18
14 Answers

Dense-packed dry cellulose: any downsides?

I've been going over insulation techniques to use on a new home. Every insulation contractor that we've talked to has a different system. One in particular that is being pushed is dense pack dry cellulose. I have personally witnessed wet cellulose settling in our own home, however based on everything I have read about and heard about dense pack is that it will not settle and that our current home's insulation was not installed properly. I know that cellulose is somewhat springy so I understand the theory is it will hold true in the wall for hopefully many many years.

In Green products and materials | Asked By Css1813 | Apr 16 18
9 Answers

ZIP System R Sheathing vs Roxul Comfortboard

Building in the Canadian Rockies, so climate zone 5-6 ish.

Up until now I have been considering building a 2x6 exterior wall (with Roxul Comfortbatt in the stud bays) covered in 1/2" exterior plywood, installing a air/moisture barrier from Stogard over the exterior of the plywood sheathing and then fastening1 1/2" Roxul Comfortboards over the Stogard.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Scott Wilson | Apr 13 18
6 Answers

Basement insulation strategies

Now that I've got my above grade strategy worked out I'm starting to look at my basement and foundation strategy. Climate Zone 6.

I've listened to the excellent podcast featuring Martin here:

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/2017/02/10/episode-38-green-building-two

And read these two links as well as other articles on basement insulation:

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/how-insulate-base...
http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/guest-blogs/basement-insu...

In General questions | Asked By Steve Mackay | Apr 17 18
13 Answers

Thermal breaks when enclosing porch

I have a stone porch in front of the house (6'x25') in lower New York (climate zone 4), that is surrounded on three sides by the house and garage (fiberglass batt insulation c.2005 construction). Only the front is exposed and open. The floor is stone, presumably on a concrete slab. The siding is cedar shakes, with a 6" protruding stone chair-rail around 3' off the ground in it, and stone facing below that. The roof line continues down over this area (with a nice bead-board ceiling with high-hats in it).

In Green building techniques | Asked By j star | Apr 17 18
3 Answers

Rebar in poured foundation walls?

My wife and I moved into our pretty good house in November and after seeing several cracks in the basement foundation and garage floor, I wanted to get a consensus on whether they should have rebar in them. During construction, I never saw signs of rebar being installed but ai wasn't there on the day it was poured, so I can't say with certainty. The same goes for the garge floor. Once I get some time, I will buy a metal detector and verify, but I wanted to see if rebar is required or a best use design? Location is Milwaukee, wi.

In General questions | Asked By Brad Depies | Apr 17 18
5 Answers

Winterized Cottage - Heat in the winter or no?

Hey,

In General questions | Asked By tim-x | Apr 12 18
6 Answers

Massachusetts three-decker: energy retrofit during re-siding

Hi,

In Plans Review | Asked By Al Dhanji | Apr 8 18
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