Rim Joist Insulation – REMOTE method
Zone 5. I have insulated the conventionally framed walls and block foundation with two layers of 1.5″ XPS, all on the exterior. My air and water barrier is continuous on back side of insulation. I plan to fill wall stud cavities with fiberglass or cellulose. At rim joists, I sometimes replaced one layer of XPS with 2x framing in order to hang joists for decks. So at the decks I only have R-7.5 plus 3″ of wood (maybe R-4.2?), I’ll need some kind of insulation on interior side of rim joists at those locations to meet energy code. I don’t need much of a vapor retarder, so I could just cut up kraft faced fiberglass, but my experience is that I’d just be building homes for mice. I have leftover XPS. Is it OK to use that or should I get something a little more permeable like EPS? Thanks for the input.
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