House Designs

Sky High R-Value with no Foam – Larsen Truss Walls

July 6, 2012
Larsen truss wall

  Sometimes the homeowner conversations during audits wander into what could be done with a home as opposed to the best ROI or greenest options. It’s difficult to significantly upgrade wall R-value without a major project. Interior solutions involve gutting and re-insulating wall cavities or drilling holes for injection foam which wouldn’t substantially upgrade walls […]

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Substitution Isn’t Just for Teaching – Spray Foam Insulation

June 25, 2012
Spray foam

    Hey, and I get to use the same foam image again. People don’t like abrupt change and in business it’s a formula for chaos. Excelling is hard if you constantly change personnel, products or ways of business. Do one thing superbly. In construction, this means sticking with the framing techniques you know rather […]

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Walls with How Many Studs? Double Studs

June 20, 2012
Double Stud Walls

  The building codes are changing, adapting to both the rising cost of heating and the information on thermal bridging and air leakage that building science has uncovered over the last 35 years. The newest energy codes have requirements to address thermal bridging and blower door CFM50 standards. Building techniques like SIPs, ICFs and advanced […]

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Flash and Batt – The Oddly Illicit Sounding Insulation System

June 18, 2012
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    One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that construction doesn’t change quickly and when it does, the change is apt to be along the lines of current practices. It makes sense. It’d be near impossible to run a business changing your technique and product five times a week. Flash and batt insulation […]

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Ya Gotta Have Standards…Wall Standards

June 15, 2012
Standard framing

  I’ve been writing (yet to be published articles) about wall framing techniques off and on for a few weeks and haven’t defined your basic wall. These are the 2×4 framed walls contractors have been building basically since forever (or at least since the end of World War II). The push for new housing in […]

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