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Abridged Version of Manual J 8th Addition Excel Program & MANY other questions

I am working on trying to do some sort of reliable energy modeling/comparison for a house that I am designing (and for future projects). I was trying to find out a few things: the difference in energy use between a standard 2x6 wall & a double stud wall, good windows & code, Code 2x6 construction/insulation levels & a better insulated shell with good windows (U-value between .20-.24, Floors R-38 to R-42, Whole Wall R-24+- & thermal break, Ceiling R-60). I downloaded a number of programs and they all seemed very tedious, had a tendency to crash, and seemed very difficult to use.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Spencer Burnfield | Mar 13 12
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Are 3x Studs Req'd. @ Panel Edges of 24" O.C. Exterior Sheathed walls?

Hello,
The structural engineer I use just gave me a call. He was reading the NDS (National Design Standards) and found that 3x studs are required at 24" O.C. framing that is sheathed w/ plywood/osb. I am assuming this is a requirement only at shear walls, but in the Northwest at least just about every exterior wall is used as a sheathed shear wall.

I was wondering if anyone else has run in to this or if engineers/plans examiners have just been ignoring it?

In Building Code Questions | Asked By Spencer Burnfield | Mar 14 12
1 Answer

Vapor barrier and insulation options

seeking input on insulation and vapor barrier options for 84 sq ft shed reconstruction - down to studs - and want to put polyiso in walls and ceiling with spray foam filler - will provide vented eves with wire mesh to prevent bugs - but concerned about moisture as polyiso not good with water - and trying to avoid blue board - some folks say to simply avoid any vapor barrier applications. need any input relevant that is solid, technical advice. thanks

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By carol martin | Mar 15 12
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When applying 2" rigid foam on exterior walls on new construction, how are the windows secured to the plywood jamb extensions?

Does the rigid insulation on the exterior negate the need for a poly vapor barrier on the inside?

In Green building techniques | Asked By David Lajeunesse | Mar 15 12
3 Answers

New Green Basics page

When we built GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com a few years ago, we wanted to produce an information resource for everybody. Something that would help you get from where you are to where you want to be in Green building, remodeling, and design.

We wanted to help all – builders and remodelers, architects and designers, code officials, consumers, product manufacturers – anyone who wanted to take their game to the next level.

In General questions | Asked By Daniel Morrison | Mar 14 12
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BPI certification

I cannot find much information on the BPI website with regards to BUILDING ANALYST certification and ENVELOPE PROFESSIONALcertification. Would I need both to get a job in the energy auditing field? Is one better than the other? I already have an extensive background in construction.

In GBA Pro help | Asked By william goodwin | Mar 13 12
2 Answers

How can I insulate an open crawl space under an existing finished room?

I want to insulate under an existing finished room. The room's foundation is pressure treated post and beams. The previous use of the room was a screened porch/deck. I was planning to frame the exterior walls and insulate. I was planning to install OSB sheathing, House wrap, Rigid foam, wood furring strips an finish with vinyl siding. There is an existing basement window that could be opened to this space. The space in the floor joist has fiberglass batts, kraft paper up toward the finished room and Homosote on the underside of the joist (exterior underside finish). Is ventilation a concern?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Mike McGann | Mar 15 12
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How big should my custom home be?

I will be building a custom home. It will be around 6,500 sq ft. I would like to know how big of a house can be built and still be energy efficient?

In General questions | Asked By leon boutte | Mar 15 12
1 Answer

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES...

UPDATE

We have been doing some back-end development work on GBA and had a 'permissions' issue creep in. A lot of people experienced problems, but the problems were not visible to Martin and I because we are administrators will full permissions.

Things should be back to normal now, and if it happens again, we now know how to solve the problem. We have some developers working right now on tracking down the source of the problem, so please have patience with us if things continue to be a little sub-optimal over the next day or so.

In General questions | Asked By Daniel Morrison | Mar 8 12
1 Answer

Heated line in attic crawl space

My house has some unfinished crawl spaces where the heater pipe line runs trough. In the winter i get ice dams due to the loss of heat. Should I spray insulation over the expose copper lines to keep this spaces cold or should i spray the roof rafters? I tried insulated sleeves but don't seen to work.

Thank you for your responses.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By nestor lopez | Mar 15 12
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