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Foam sheathing

My whole house has been sheathed with OSB. My builder will be applying housewrap to this next week. I will have "innie" type windows installed as well. He will also be covering the housewrap and OSB with a layer of foam board. Since the housewrap is under the foam, is it necessary that he tape all foamboard seams? I would assume since the housewrap is under the foam, this would not be necessary?

In General questions | Asked By Aron Robinson | Jan 26 13
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Wall section schematic help

I have a wall section scheme from an architect that has multiple vapor retarders and i'd like to value engineer it for energy and $savings- I think there is a lot of opportunity and am hoping for your input.

In General questions | Asked By Robert Post S.E. Pennsylvania Zone 4a | Jan 27 13
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I want to add 2 inches of blue board to the addition I'm building. Will it cause moisture to build on the inside wall?

I live in central Maine on the coast. Some have warned the dew point will fall on the inside of the 2x6 wall and not dry out. Others have said it will dry out in the summertime if i use a breathable paint on the drywall so it can dry out that way.

My slab on the 1st floor is heated and insulated w/ blue board 2" on the sides and 4" on bottom. Please advise.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By PERRY GREEN | Jan 26 13
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High humidity in a tight building enclosure

2011 mid-rise wood frame apartment building with aluminum windows. There is evidence of high condensation. Windows have thermal breaks and IGU is per code.

There are units which have not required any heat at all this winter. Building finish is EIFS.

Where is the moisture coming from? What is the best way to deal with any condensation?

In General questions | Asked By Timothy Gooding | Jan 26 13
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Dense-packed cellulose OK?

We built a home 11 years ago with 5 inches of Icynene sprayed against the 1/2-inch plywood sheathing, no vent, in our cathedral ceiling.

12 inch I-beam rafters from soffit to ridge, no vapor barrier.

After energy audit it was recommended to fill remaining 7 inches with dense-packed cellulose. Heat is a wood stove and radiant flooring, minisplit for AC and auxiliary heat.

We are in southern Wisconsin Zone5A/6B.

What are your thoughts?

Thank you in advance,

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Scott Doherty | Jan 25 13
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Improving windows on older brick house

We have a late 1800s brick house in the Midwest ( Zone 5A ) with original double hung weighted sash windows. The current configuration includes poor quality combination storm windows. I would like to improve the performance of the windows and am looking for advice about storm windows that would be appropriate for the appearance of the house. We live in a designated "historic district" so appearance from the street is important. I've considered interior "storm windows". What advice can you offer?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jon Kilpatrick | Jan 26 13
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What kind of tape should be used to seal the seams of foam board?

We are using XPS on a basement wall. I have heard of using foil tape or Tyvek tape but I have read these may not the appropriate choices. Some tapes can eat the foam or provide a permanent seal for years.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Tom Markowski | Jan 26 13
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Poured wall foundation and insulation

Does it make a difference in the insulating properties of a poured wall foundation if it has a "brick patterned" finish on both sides of the wall as opposed to a "smooth" finish? Overall contact would be better between the rigid and concrete wall with the "smooth" finish, but does the "brick pattern" negatively affect the insulation properties of the wall in any way as a result of the non-contact areas? This would be new construction in zone 5 (cold climate). The wall will be insulated from the exterior as well with rigid ... this would be additional in a finished area of the basement.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Milan Jurich | Jan 27 13
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Destroying insulation vapor barriers

Faced insulation is much much cheaper (and easier to find) than unfaced. My garage ha 1 inch of closed cell foam and the rest of the wall is to be filled in with conventional fiberglass as the foam is the vapor barrier.

Hence my initial statement statement. Can I use faced insulation and slash the kraft paper to desroy the vapor barrier because I know you do not want two barriers as moisture could be trapped between them.


In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Gray Lackey | Jan 26 13
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What is the best economical way to maintain landscapes?

Please share your cost-efficient ways to maintain landscapes.

In Green products and materials | Asked By Jenny Belman | Jan 27 13
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