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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

Designing for High Performance: Slab-On-Grade, Part I – Controlling Moisture Flow

We're just a few weeks away from a computer generated, self-guided interactive virtual tour of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, a design-bu…

Started by Chris Laumer-Giddens

6 Aug 30, 2012
Reply by Sean Lintow Sr

Designing for High Performance: Slab-On-Grade, Part III – Controlling Air Flow

In an earlier post, I talked about 3 of the most important strategies for making a home energy efficient. They were; 1. Air sealing, 2. Air…

Started by Chris Laumer-Giddens

4 Aug 30, 2012
Reply by David Williams

Part II: Designing for High Performance, Controlling Heat Flow in Slab-On-Grade

In Part I of this series on designing for high performance, we discussed the control of moisture flow at foundations. We showed you this de…

Started by Chris Laumer-Giddens

3 Aug 23, 2012
Reply by Bud Poll

IAQ & Ventilating while doing retrofitting work

“Do it Right – Seal it Tight & Ventilate it Right” applies to more than just the end product, so with that in mind what tricks do you u…

Started by Sean Lintow Sr

0 Jul 27, 2012

Crawlspace Vapor Barrier: Install Correction and Future Guidance

Hi There Folks, I came across this crawlspace vapor barrier installed by a BPI contractor.  Location:  Bay Area of California- near the oce…

Started by Jennifer Rupnow

13 May 17, 2012
Reply by John Nicholas

Drilling B-Vents

Leslie McDowell was nice enough to reply to one of my latest blog posts (Full Article - Partial Article & Reply here), in which she lin…

Started by Sean Lintow Sr

10 Apr 12, 2012
Reply by tedkidd

What to do with a pocket door

 Good Morning    I wrote this in one of my groups and i didn't get a reply, maybe I didn't do it correctly. I recently did an audit on 2 ho…

Started by Judi Lyall

13 Mar 1, 2012
Reply by Joseph Lamy

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