This episode of the BS* + Beer show features industry giant John Straube talking “All About Rainscreens.” There are so many variables involved in correctly detailing the air gap behind cladding, and John lays out many of them—including climate zone, siding type, substrate material, and, most importantly, objective. He addresses the questions: How much of a gap is needed for drainage? How does the potential for wildfire influence gap size? Is the expense of the assembly worthwhile or would that money be better spent elsewhere? What is a pressure-equalized rainscreen? How much of a concern is interior vapor diffusion? What is the role of a rainscreen in preventing paint from peeling off wood siding? Should a rainscreen ever be vented into an attic? Does the furring need to be treated wood? Suffice to say, it’s an information-rich episode (and full of some good chuckles too).
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Join us on September 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. EST for a conversation about “Flashing Details” with guests Doug Horgan, Mike Guertin, Aron Jones, and Bryan Uhler. The first rule of building science is keep bulk water out, which requires good flashing details. As simple as that sounds, if you’ve ever remodeled a house, you know that it’s rarely done as well as it should be. Hear from builders—you might say they’re the Big Dogs of the flashing game—who know how to do it right.
Doug Horgan is vice president of Best Practices at BOWA, the Washington DC area’s premier custom and remodeling builder. In this training, quality monitoring, and troubleshooting role, Doug’s goal is to reduce construction defects through knowledge sharing. Doug’s 30 years of experience in the fields of carpentry, warranty-troubleshooting, and instruction, along with thousands of photos taken along the way, are the foundation for visually rich presentations on how to build well and avoid construction problems. Doug is a frequent contributor to the “Journal of Light Construction,” “ProTradeCraft,” “Fine Homebuilding,” “Remodeling,” and “Professional Remodeler,” and he has presented at Remodeling, JLC Live, NESEA Building Energy, the National Home Performance conference, and local events. His credentials include BPI Building Analyst and LEED AP – Homes.
Mike Guertin is a builder, writer, and educator based in Rhode Island. He has 40 years of experience tackling every facet of residential construction—from excavation and foundations to interior finish and tile setting. He shares his expertise regularly, writing articles and contributing to books, videos, and live events. His work has been featured in Fine Homebuilding, The Journal of Light Construction, and Professional Deck Builder magazines.
Aron Jones is a partner at Big Dog Construction on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Aron declared August 26, 2021 as the First Annual #nationalflashingawarenessday (and #internationalflashingawarenessday), which took social media by storm. Aron is passionate about teaching the next generation of apprentices, (#apprenticeshipisanobligation) and considers himself a BS “nerd-in-training.” In his free time, Aron enjoys shooting clay pigeons.
Bryan Uhler is part of the second generation of Pioneer Builders, which builds custom, high-performance homes in and around Port Orchard, Wash. He is a contributor and brand ambassador for Fine Homebuilding magazine.
Kiley Jacques is senior editor at Green Building Advisor. She can be reached at [email protected].