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Construction-Detail Drawings and Building Plans for Energy Efficient, Healthy, and Durable Homes

More than 1,000 detail drawings available to GBA Pro members for download as PDF’s (for printing) or DWG’s (for CAD software).

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Double Stud Wall Package
14 Detail Collection

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Deep Energy Retrofit Package
11 Detail Collection

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Energy Star Air Sealing Package
50 Detail Collection

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Advanced Framing Package
27 Detail Collection

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Foundation Water & Radon Package
8 Detail collection

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Sealed Crawl Space Retrofit
23 Detail Collection

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Basement Retrofit
23 Detail Collection

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Foundation/Floor Connections
75 details sort by siding and R-Value

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Floor/Wall/Siding Connections
184 Details, sort by siding, and R-Value

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Rain Screen Siding
15 Details, 5 siding types, 3 wall thicknesses

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Window/Siding Connections
60 Details, 10 siding types

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How to Install Windows Series
3 Methods, 12-14 steps each

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Roof/Wall Connections
472 Details, sort by siding, roofing, and R-Value

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Misc. Remodeling Package
43 Detail Collection

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Structural Insulated Panels
89 Details for SIPs

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Mechanical Detail Package
9 Detail Collection

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Kitchen and Bath Package
28 Detail Collection



  1. johnson989 | | #1

    Exterior Foam Retrofit (keep existing windows)
    I have 2x4 exterior framing with paper faced fiberglass batts covered by house wrap then 1/2" polyiso,then vinyl. My plan is to remove foam and house wrap from exterior. Fix or replace fiberglass and air seal penetrations, cover with osb and tape seams, cover with drainwrap, cover with at least 1" of rigid, then reuse existing vinyl or replace, possibly use some kind of stone or brick on the front and the rest vinyl. My main concerns are getting the door and window openings to work with the extra depth of the foam. I would like to keep my existing windows in place. How do I seal and flash them properly with out removing them? What thickness of foam and what kind do you recommend? I live in zone 5 (Southwest Mi). I thought about using xps and then reusing my 1/2" polyiso over that. Thank You for your time.

  2. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #2

    Response to Bruce Johnson
    Q. "What thickness of foam?"

    A. In Zone 5, the minimum required R-value for exterior rigid foam over 2x4 walls is R-5. For more information on this topic, see Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing.

    Some of your other questions are probably answered in this article: How to Install Rigid Foam Sheathing.

    If, after reading these two articles, you have further questions, I urge you to post them on our Q&A page. (If you post a question there, more people are likely to see your question and to volunteer a helpful answer.) Here is the link to our Q&A page:

  3. garet_denise | | #3

    Is the Advanced Framing Package Detail Collection still available? The link is dead.

    1. GBA Editor
      Martin Holladay | | #4

      I have fixed the broken link. Thanks for letting us know about the problem.

      1. garet_denise | | #5

        Thanks, this is very helpful. Within the Advanced Framing Package, the link is broken to the pdf version of "2-STUD CORNER WITH 2x4 BLOCKING". Additionally, links are broken here on this page to multiple other packages.

        I've run my own web site before and I know how much work it is, even though mine was a tiny fraction of this site. I want to offer a big "Thank You" to everyone involved here.

        1. GBA Editor
          Martin Holladay | | #6

          The link to the PDF version of "2-stud corner with 2x4 blocking" works for me. Here it is: Requested link.

          If you have further trouble with the links on this page, you might try accessing the detail library from the usual entry point, which is here:
          GBA detail library.

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