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Michigan based architect/builder referral

to design &/or build the PGH in Suttons Bay---north of Traverse City. We have researched passivhaus and have decided the expense is too high for the energy savings payback. We do like the idea of the Pretty Good House! Do-able with our budget.


In GBA Pro help | Asked By jim white | Apr 13 12
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Open vs closed cell cavity insulation with exterior foam panels?

Hello all,

We are debating whether open or closed cell is the optimal cavity insulation for our wall assembly.

The wall assembly (inside to out) is as follows:
- 2x6 conventional framing
- Water-resistive sheathing (Zip System), taped at all joints.
- Foil-faced polyiso insulation panels (2" thick), taped at all joints and edges.
- 3/4" vented rainscreen.
- Pre-primed/stained cedar siding.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Jonathan Jacobsen | Apr 12 12
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We have about 13 inches of 3-wythe brick load-bearing walls

We are not doing any insulation on the brick walls, but are having issues with the building inspector coming up with a framing plan. We live in MN. We have fought the city and won a battle so that we do not have to insulate because of the fears of the failure of our brick because of the freeze thaw cycle here.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Kristina Beedle | Apr 10 12
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Thermal break at curtain wall window

Working on a large project....climate zone 6 with 7600 HDD.....
We have an aluminum curtain wall assembly that is hung off of the steel super structure with clips. The not glass faces are covered with a 1/2" aluminum plate rain screen attached to hat channels. To close the curtain wall jamb off, the plate extends out past the curtain wall frame. So the 1/2" alum plate, which is fully exposed to the exterior, is in full contact with the curtain wall frame jamb which is 10" deep (so 10" of exterior contact).

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jesse Lizer | Apr 12 12
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Need a "reference house" energy use estimate (Utah - 7000 HDD/200CDD)

Does anyone have a link for a website where I can get estimated energy use for the RESnet "reference House" built to IBC 2006. We want to validate the HERS index (24) on our new house, and now have one year of data to compare it to.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Richard and Miranda Menzies | Apr 11 12
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Exterior wall system with brick veneer

We plan to use 8.5" wide plates with a 2x6 wall on the exterior edge and a 2x4 wall on the interior edge, staggered to avoid contact with the 2x6 wall. We will spray 6-6.5" open-cell insulation, use .5" OSB sheathing and a final exterior layer of .5" Tuff R, taped.

We are in Charlotte, so ambient moisture is as much of a concern as thermal. Any thoughts?

Also, is polyiso as effective as extruded polystyrene?


In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Tom Dorsett | Apr 10 12
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I want to know if I am detailing my thermal envelope correctly

I am building a 3300 sq ft house just north of Phila PA so I considered it as zone 5 just to be safe. From inside to out: 2x6 walls with dense packed cellulose, air sealed with tremco sealant according to GBA strategies. Then plywood sheathing. I'm adding one layer of 1 1/2 polyiso taped and sealed with z flashing all horizontal jts with 1x4 furring strips and vinyl siding. The vented roof will have a raised heel truss of 18 inches for 16 inches of cellulose. I'm following the air tight drywall strategies throughout the house.

In GBA Pro help | Asked By john bell | Apr 10 12
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Frost protected shallow foundation retrofit?

I have a ranch with a full basement and attached single car garage in Southern Maine I am about to gut and remodel. The plans dictate that the garage be changed over to a master bedroom/ bathroom. We will be decking over the existing slab which could be removed if necessary. There are a few cracks in the 8" x 4' frost wall and we have determined that there is no footer. The obvious and easy solution was to dig it up and replace it with proper footers and insulation.

In General questions | Asked By Jon Clark | Apr 9 12
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How can I "beautify" an almost windowless north-facing house front?

Most passive solar tomes recommend minimizing the size and number of windows in the north facing walls of a house. I'm designing a house that will be on the southwest corner of an intersection. The front door must face north. I can easily eliminate all windows in that wall except for some sidelites by the front door. The inside of the north wall will be mostly closets, bathrooms, and other uses that normally have minimal calls for windows.

In GBA Pro help | Asked By Bill Hoeltgen | Apr 10 12
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Will wood siding pass capillary water into wall assembly?

I'm planning to build a low-toxicity cottage. Siding will be unpainted horizontal cedar, on vertical rainscreen furring strips, with an asphalt felt WRB, ADA interior, and insulated with wool or cellulose.

The bottom of the siding will be about 10" from the ground. I'm worried that moisture absorbed by the siding (from rain, or snow melt) will pass through the furring, the sheathing, and into the organic insulation through capillary action.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Richard Baumgarten | Apr 6 12
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