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RESNET & Confirmed Ratings - no more fake numbers

Who says they don't listen or they deny almost every response? I just got the email last night that... Accepted. BSR/RESNET Standard 301-20…

Started by Sean Lintow Sr

2 Mar 2, 2013
Reply by Sean Lintow Sr

To tyvek or not to tyvek... that is the question

Lately I have been seeing & getting numerous questions on the use of WRB’s or Weather Resistive Barriers. For example; do I need it if…

Started by Sean Lintow Sr

3 Jan 22, 2013
Reply by Bud Poll

Ridge Vent NFA

I'm confused.  If a ridge vent is advertising 18 in² of Net Free Vent Area (NFA) per linear foot, yet is only 3/4" thick, what is the real…

Started by Bud Poll

15 Jan 5, 2013
Reply by Bob Blanchette

Attempting to identify fireplace outside air intake

Wood burning fireplace on 13 year old home in Wisconsin. Exterior wall with cantilevered chase. During blower door test I found noticeable…

Started by John Shillito

4 Dec 25, 2012
Reply by Ed Voytovich

Don't eat your sweater

Many of you may have  heard Joe Lstiburek say "Build tight, ventilate right and don't eat your sweater.." or you may heave read where John…

Started by John Brooks

13 Oct 18, 2012
Reply by tedkidd

Exhaust Fan Venting - Bathroom, ERV, & HRV

In another thread (that grew quite unwieldy) the question came up about exhaust venting Robert Riversong:  "the most foolish way to duct an…

Started by Sean Lintow Sr

34 Oct 10, 2012
Reply by Robert Riversong

Blown fiberglass vs. cellulose

Hi, just wondering your thoughts are regarding blown F.G. specifically the atticcat system with proper air sealing vs. cellulose. Thanks

Started by Paul Lasicki

22 Sep 5, 2012
Reply by Robert Riversong

Bowed sheathing & advanced framing

We have been encouraging builders to follow the ENERGY STAR recommendations to go with advanced framing methods. For this discussion I'm re…

Started by Kent Mitchell

9 Sep 4, 2012
Reply by Robert Riversong

insulation

Speaking of blown in.....does any one out there have any knowledge about rodents moving in and nesting in cellulose with borates? Any one e…

Started by terry nordbye

7 Sep 4, 2012
Reply by Robert Riversong

Correct way to install foil faced insulation blanket in attic

Hello everyone..... I was at a job this past week and was just curious what the insulation experts think of the installation job of this fo…

Started by Joshua Knittel

4 Sep 4, 2012
Reply by Robert Riversong

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