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Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Air-Sealing Buck

Most new homes are leaky. In the typical new home, significant volumes of air enter through cracks near the basement rim joists and exit through ceiling holes on the building’s top floor. These air leaks waste tremendous amount of energy. … Continue reading

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Radiant Barriers

How it Works: Radiant Barriers Want to get builders into a heated discussion? Bring up radiant barriers. Promoted as a method for reducing cooling costs by mitigating solar heat gain through walls and attics, these shiny (typically aluminum) surfaces have … Continue reading

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Whole-House Fans vs. Powered Ventilators

What’s the Difference?: Whole-House Fans vs. Powered Ventilators Whole-house fans A whole-house fan is an attic-mounted fan that exhausts air from a home at night, when the heat of the day has passed and the outdoor temperature has dropped enough … Continue reading

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Hiding Ducts in Conditioned Space

Ducts, furnaces, and air handlers belong inside a house’s conditioned space Ducts, furnaces, and air handlers belong inside a house’s conditioned space. The best locations for ducts are insulated basements, sealed crawlspaces, or unvented conditioned attics. If placing ducts in … Continue reading

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Code Changes

How it Works: Code Changes By setting minimum standards for design and construction, building codes protect public safety while establishing uniformity in construction methods and materials. Regulations governing building have existed in the United States since its inception, but they … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Insulate Attic Kneewalls

Kneewalls—short walls under sloped ceilings—are common in story-and-a-half homes and in bonus rooms above garages. Although kneewalls can help turn attics into living space, they often present insulation challenges. Most builders install fiberglass batts between the studs and some type … Continue reading

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5 Proven Ways to Optimize Framing

Advanced framing can save materials and time while boosting your homes’ efficiencies. Here are five techniques that can be adopted independently. As builders look for ways to cut costs while meeting ever-more-stringent energy codes, many are turning to advanced framing … Continue reading

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Ledger Flashing

What’s the Difference: Ledger Flashing Proper flashing of a deck ledger is crucial to preventing water from getting behind the ledger and damaging it and the sheathing underneath, a key cause of premature deck failure. Ledgers can be flashed with … Continue reading

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Fire-Resistant I-Joists

Weyerhaeuser – Flak Jacket I-Joists Upcoming changes to the International Residential Code (IRC) pertaining to the fire protection of floor assemblies could limit your ability to use I-joists for some flooring systems, unless you want to cover the bottom of … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Building Science

Few people understand it. Nobody agrees what it is, how to learn about it, or who’s responsible for it. It has never been more important When builders began to insulate houses in the 1920s and 1930s, the exterior paint began … Continue reading

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