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I'm trying to figure out a fastening detail for an assembly with Warmboard and rigid insulation.

What do you think of the following fastening options? Or is there another method I should consider?

1. Wood Blocking in Metal Deck, Fastening to decking below
2. Fastening through to metal deck
3. Z Purlin Fastening to metal deck

Images shown in order of options listed below:

In Green building techniques | Asked By Heather Gayle Holdridge | Nov 12 14
2 Answers

This may be a problem...

I read the GBA news item that an Arizona agency recently said that smart meters were not a danger to anyone. This has me worried. Up until I read that I hadn't the slightest doubt that they were safe. I maybe showing my age but this gives me the same feeling I got when a certain president said "I am not a crook!".

In General questions | Asked By Eric Habegger | Nov 13 14
1 Answer

Regarding air sealing of sheetrock.

I notice the heavy emphasis on sealing and caulking sheet rock at all joints. I always thought that once the sheet rock is taped and mudded that it would be airtight. What am I missing in my understanding of this newer technique? I live in Minnesota and it is common here to use a poly vapor barrier instead of this caulking method. What should we be doing here in our arctic like climate?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By terrance kaase | Nov 14 14
30 Answers

Efficient HVAC with only electric

Good morning,

I recently moved into a home on the south shore in the Boston area and am interested in improving on the electric resistance baseboards that we currently have.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jeff Sheridan | Nov 7 14
4 Answers

REMOTE-like with felt/asphalt paper?

Could you do well with a REMOTE wall assembly in which, instead of the Hi-tech membranes, you just use Felt Paper? In Chile I don't have access to Grace products or Tyvek Drainwrap. The only other options I have are Tyvek Housewrap, Typar, or Tyvek Soft.


In Green products and materials | Asked By Jose Castro | Nov 14 14
22 Answers

Choosing a heating system for a new build

Hey all. I've been plugging away at designing my new house, and now that I've been running running Beopt, and a Manual J spreadsheet for a while, its time to decide how to heat/cool the place.

Build will be in upstate NY zone 6, zip code 13439 design temp -6F electricity $0.13 kwh

House will be 28x40 with 192 ft^2 of glass facing east (bottom of attached floorplan) basement will be walkout on east end, Roof is 12/12

In Mechanicals | Asked By Trevor Chadwick | Nov 11 14
6 Answers

Heating a vacant home

We live in Halifax Nova Scotia and planning to leaving for a 5 Month stay in Florida. Ouir house will be vacant. We have a mini heat pump installed and our home is very well insulated and tight.
I lke to leave some heat on so I plan on leaving the heat pump running at 65f in the basement backed up by our electric baseboard heat set at 50F. All other thermostats will be turned off. The house is 3 story about 2700Sq Ft.
We also have a HRV.
Should we leave our HRV on?
Can you advise be on my overall plan?
Thank you

In General questions | Asked By Jim Westlake | Nov 13 14
3 Answers

Site tools

Is there an "ignore" and report a post link most sites have? The ignore list adds members so you don't have to read their post, for example you find most of a members post are of no value or annoying. The report link for members that continuously high jack or take threads off topic degrading the quality of info on GBA.

How about emoticons for better communications?

In General questions | Asked By Terry Lee | Nov 12 14
2 Answers

Does my ICF foundation require additional protection or barriers applied before backfill?

In my case the house is located in southwest Colorado at 6900' elev. on a sunny south slope. The soil is moderately expansive clay so the foundation is 48" on top of the footer on top of 12" compacted structural fill. Footer perimeter drain ( smooth pipe in gravel bedding) all around, ground will slope 1:10 away from foundation to a french drain system, and ground gutters or sub-grade pond liner will be installed on the north side to keep bulk water away from the foundation, so good drainage and water control.

In General questions | Asked By Chuck Jensen | Oct 10 14
5 Answers

How do I prevent condensation in our brick/clay block/cement plaster home?

We bought a foreclosure home, which is constructed of brick exterior, clay block interior wall which is covered with a layer of cement plaster. No one was able to afford the utilities on this home since there is no insulation, or the ability to insulate, without altering the unique interior design. We repainted (2 coats) with ceramic microbeads, which cut the heating utilities from $600/mo to under $300/mo. But in the process, we have created a condensation problem.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jeff Bauer | Nov 11 14
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