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Attaching corner trim over rigid foam

I plan on re-siding, with 4" polyiso panels underneath. Question - I want to use corner trim on outside corners. I also really want the polyiso to overlap the corners - how do I attach the corner trim?
Not sure how to attach the corner trim if the polyiso overlaps the corners.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Timothy Holzmann | Apr 4 12
33 Answers

I am building a brick home in Houston.

Is this wall construction plan sound? I have a 5 1/2" brick ledge with the following plan: Brick -> Air Space -> Tyvek -> Osb -> 2" by 4" frame -> Blown Cellulose -> Dry Wall -> Paint. I am concerned about solar [vapor drive].

Home Details:
Location Houston
Ventillated Crawl Space
Ventillated Attic
Large 2nd floor space over driveway
Living area over detached garage
Brick Veneer
Asphalt Shingles
Cellulose Insulation

In GBA Pro help | Asked By Robert Cozart | Jan 18 10
1 Answer

Does anyone have a recommendation on the most reliable, well built, direct-vent energy-efficient propane fireplace?

Would appreciate any brand suggestions.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Mona Lydon-Rochelle | Apr 2 12
7 Answers

Installing windows in an out-of-plumb wall

I'm trying to decide how to install windows -- nail flange or block frame -- in a wall that is out of plumb. The windows should be installed to be true in the vertical plane so that they work well, of course, but doing that means that the bottom of some windows would be as much as 1" out of plane from the top. The walls slope outward so it's the bottom that would need to be shimmed or padded.

Has anyone dealt with this problem successfully? The way the house has been remodeled means that correcting the slope of the walls is not an option.



In Green building techniques | Asked By Jonathan Bean | Apr 1 12
3 Answers

Solar Bottle Lights in The Philippines

Cool re-use for plastic bottles. Also makes me appreciate even more how well off we are....


In Green products and materials | Asked By Bill Costain | Apr 1 12
53 Answers

Bathroom Heaters - Are They Simply an Indulgence?

I've recently mentioned in a couple threads that I'll finally be breaking ground this coming fall for a new home in Maine, which will be relatively small (1,214 sq ft over a basement,) very well insulated and as airtight as possible. I'm not taking it as far as a Passivhaus for a number of reasons, but that's another thread.

In Mechanicals | Asked By Litawyn Eco-Cottage | Feb 4 12
6 Answers

Sustainable Community

The Uros people, who live on Lake Titicaca (Peru), have always lived as a sustainable community, dating back to the Inca civilization. They not only make their homes out of Totora reeds on floating islands, but also use the reeds for food, fuel and material to build their boats.
What I find interesting is that they now use solar panels to power their TVs and cellular phones. Does that mean they have the best of both worlds?

In General questions | Asked By Armando Cobo | Apr 1 12
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Wood Basement exterior treatment

I have a cabin with a wood basement. This crawl space is about 3 feet high on the outside. It was treated with something which is black in colour but doesn't look or smell like tar. It is all treated wood of course but the c oaring is weathering off and I would like to apply something. Can you make any recommendations.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Robert Rink | Mar 29 12
1 Answer

The USGBC has gone too Far this time!

I never did trust the USGBC

Just look what they have done now!

In Green building techniques | Asked By John Brooks | Apr 1 12
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Heat sink to absorb heat from asphalt shingles (sealed attic)?

Creating sealed attic would prefer to avoid a vented nailed assembly etc. above deck and at same time find a way to use all that heat that the asphalt shingles absorb which shortens their life even more with a sealed attic.

So supposed there was some kind of thin mesh (or foil?) to put between the shingles and underlayment that would connect to one or two conduits that could divert heat away and maybe even be somehow connected to the domestic hot water system. Seems like those 170 degree summer peak shingle temps could be harnessed. (??)

In Green building techniques | Asked By David Goldman | Mar 31 12
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