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How to put rigid foam over brick then stucco the foam

I have a house in El Paso Texas that has a brick exterior. I would like to put 2" of rigid foam over the brick then stucco the foam. How should this be done? What type of stucco is best? I do not want to put the insulation on the inside of the house because it is a small house and it would take up too much room. The house has zero insulation. The house was built in the late 20's. What questions should I ask a company that would be putting on the foam?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Joan Proza | Nov 10 10
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How much air does dense-packed cellulose leak?

I've been thinking a lot about dense packed cellulose and reading up on it's various properties. I found an excellent discussion on this same message board: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/community/forum/energy-efficiency-an....

In Green products and materials | Asked By Josh Engle | Jun 25 14
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How to prevent check valve malfunction in a hydro-air system?

I have a propane water heater with a loop to the air handler. Potable water goes through the coil. I noticed that my water heater would run twice an hour even though there was no demand. I guess I should have cleaned the back yard up before June. Anyway, I found the coil was not so apparently there was a convection loop happening. I closed the valve and all is well. My plumber says that since I have potable water running through the coil, I will always have this problem. Is that right? Should i stick some type of solenoid valve in the loop?

In Mechanicals | Asked By Walter Gayeski | Jun 25 14
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Infiltration rating of ICF

I am working on a design using ICF for a new building. I am wanting to run some performance testing on the wall assembly, however I am not exactly sure what to put for the infiltration numbers. Knowing PH is .6, I have been using 1.5 for tight framed construction (hoping and assuming it can test lower), but what is a good number to use for ICF construction from footing to roof? All the rave is about the tightness, so is 1.5 safe or too high? I am also using the r value for the EPS for my number and not any "thermal mass" fluff as they like to claim.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jesse Lizer | Nov 17 11
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Vapor-permeable barriers and brick walls (MemBrain, Intello+, etc.)

I have a ~100 year old solid brick house in zone 5 - Northern IL ~1/2mi to Lake Michigan. The walls are 2+ courses wide with ~1" gap between.

We're slowly rehabbing the house floor by floor. And trying to decide what the best way to deal with air infiltration and vapor permeability. From my reading, it looks like I could put Membrain or Intello+ on the brick directly, then build a (non load bearing) studwall on the inside and insulate that.

Is there a problem with putting a variable perm barrier on a cold surface? .

In Green products and materials | Asked By Job Lenihan | Jun 22 14
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Mechanical Ventilation in a Tight, Permeable House

Ok, I am going to thoroughly expose my lack of knowledge with this question (no claims to any expertise on my part), but I'm hoping that some of the experts here can comment on something I am thinking about.

In Mechanicals | Asked By Stephen Youngquist | Apr 16 14
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Unsure about energy audit suggestions...

I apologize in advance for any length and confusion.

I'll describe the house:
Location is Mid-Hudson Valley NY.
2 story colonial (I moved in about 2004). I think it had been built for someone else in 2003. Appx.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Louis Aller | Jun 23 14
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What is the best combination to renovate my 1950 modern home?

Our one story 2,000 sf modern home was built in the Boston area in 1950 with a thoughtful floor plan stretched east-west, with lots of glass facing south, and a small amount facing the other orientations. We plan to add a study, half bath, screened porch and bring the laundry up from the basement so that we can more easily "age in place" for twenty years. A few years ago we replaced the tar and gravel roof with a white TPO membrane on PIC roof sheathing. The original Hopes-type steel casement windows continue to grow mold despite quality storm windows and most of the cranks are broken.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Timothy Oldfield | Jun 24 14
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Gunter Lang conference in Montreal/ NY June 2014

I was lucky enough to attend to a conference given by Gunter Lang ing. of Austria in Montreal ,
which was organized by a newly forming Passivhaus Quebec movement which should be called : Maison Passive Quebec in collaboration with Quebec section of Canada Green Building Council.

I was probably one of the least "professionals" attending the event,
as most seemed to be either architects, manufacturing reps or building techs.

I knew very little of mr Lang other than reading his name a few times in the last 2-3 years,

In PassivHaus | Asked By Jin Kazama | Jun 21 14
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Double-Studs and Roxul

I am working with a builder to finalize design of a house on the great lakes in Canada (zone 6).
Our wall plan is 2 x 2x4 with 3 layers of roxul batts vertically in the stud bays and horizontally in between the stud bays and interior poly vapour barrier. The builder has a good reputation for energy efficient houses and reports no problems in walls he has investigated after many years in place.

From reading about monitoring moisture levels in double stud walls ( http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/monitoring-moistu...)

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jake VanDor | Jun 24 14
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