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September 19, 2016
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November 11, 2015
If you plan to insulate a sloped roof, you need to decide if you want a vented or an unvented assembly. An unvented assembly can perform well, but it’s important…
July 11, 2015
In all but the hottest parts of the United States, basement walls need to be insulated. Insulation can be installed on the exterior or the the interior, but unless you're…
Q: I recently had the underside of my roof deck insulated with closed-cell polyurethane foam. In order to meet code here in northern Canada, the crew needed to install 4 in.…
March 4, 2015
Because of limited space between the roof sheathing and the ceiling joists, low-slope shed roofs can be difficult to insulate properly. In this "Energy-Smart Homes" article, senior editor Martin Holladay…
February 20, 2015
Whenever I have to spray canned-foam insulation in hard-to-reach cavities, I grab my roll of 3⁄16-in. tubing. It’s sold at my local hardware store and fits over the foam’s standard…
July 9, 2014
Web Extra: Calculating Exterior Foam
September 12, 2013
In older homes, the rim-joist area—the place where the foundation wall, the mudsill, the rim joist, and the subfloor come together—are highly susceptible to air leakage. Senior editor Martin Holladay…
January 10, 2013
Preservation meets performance when a Brooklyn architect applies Passive House principles to four iconic urban town houses
March 8, 2012
Sealing the crawlspace and plugging holes cut a big home's heating bill in half
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