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Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance

Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance

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Building-science consultant Flemming Lund explains how to use IR cameras to identify missing insulation, air leaks, water leaks, and more

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Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!

Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!

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I'd venture to guess that most houses in the Southern US aren't very comfortable. They are either too cold or too hot! The missing component in HVAC is Dehumidification. Ultra-Aire has a new Dehum that I think is a game changer.

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Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

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Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions.

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Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

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There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area.

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Home Energy-Efficiency Upgrades for Beginners

Home Energy-Efficiency Upgrades for Beginners

Advice for homeowners: Inspect your house for these common energy problems to get a better idea on where your money is best spent

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Are you asking for problems if you put a plastic vapor barrier in your walls?

Are you asking for problems if you put a plastic vapor barrier in your walls?

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Once routine, polyethylene vapor barriers are out of favor in all but the coldest climates. Writing on behalf of a friend in Chicago, Ed says he gets that. But he wonders about the risks of building a house without one when no special care is taken to make the house airtight.

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Using Polyethylene as an Air Barrier

Using Polyethylene as an Air Barrier

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Although polyethylene sheeting has fallen out of favor as a vapor retarder in most wall and ceiling assemblies, opinion is mixed on whether it can be used as an air barrier

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Summer is the Time to Head Off Ice Dams

Summer is the Time to Head Off Ice Dams

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Corrective action now will prevent ice dams and water intrusion when winter rolls around again

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Insulating an Old House from the Outside

Insulating an Old House from the Outside

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A 50-year-old house is about to get an overhaul that will include new sheathing, siding and wall insulation, but the owner is sweating the details

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Ice Dams, Can Lights, Wet Walls, and Water Damage

Ice Dams, Can Lights, Wet Walls, and Water Damage

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It's the time of year that I watch my neighbor across the street pulls out her roof rake and begin raking her roof. Now it you all knew my neighbor, you might think nothing of it. This is the lady...

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Hidden rain gutters and down spouts

Hidden rain gutters and down spouts

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Hidden rain gutters and downspouts on the Rainmaker House 2051 Hillside Drive. http://www.therainmakerhouse.com I've never liked the tacked on look of conventional aluminum gutters and down spouts...

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Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls?

Does Rigid Foam Insulation Trap Moisture in the Walls?

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You can seriously cut your home's demand for energy by adding rigid insulation, but will wrapping your home with foam cause the walls to rot?

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After Shock: A Moldy Crawlspace Nightmare Part 2

After Shock: A Moldy Crawlspace Nightmare Part 2

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After the initial shock of finding so much deterioration of the wood in this crawlspace, its time to plan repairs.

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Zero-Energy Homes Start With Air-sealing, Insulation, and Weatherproofing

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Basements, walls, and roofs that keep weather out and heat in are the foundation of a durable, energy-efficient home. Read this introduction to how heat, air, and water move and how to control them.

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Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

Flashing Windows in Walls with Exterior XPS Insulating Sheathing

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The exterior insulation adds thermal efficiency.  Perhaps even more important, in our marine climate, our code (Portland, OR) then allows us to omit the interior vapor barrier, and we can build...

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On stimulus handouts and bargain-seeking brides

On stimulus handouts and bargain-seeking brides

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Some builders argue with Marc Rosenbaum when he reports the results of a blower-door test. He tells them the air changes per hour at 50 pascals, and they roll their eyes and say...

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Craftsman Room Addition phase 8

Craftsman Room Addition phase 8

I hired out the stucco, did the siding, insulation, and sheetrock myself.  Keepin' on keepin' on, I would probably be done by Christmas, if I didn't have to replace a Pella door (The new one is...

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Kitchen

Kitchen

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A well appointed kitchen without the large expense.

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