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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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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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How to Staple Housewrap Tight to Sheathing on Inside Corners

How to Staple Housewrap Tight to Sheathing on Inside Corners

Don't trip up your siding installers by not doing a good job when hanging your weather-resistant barrier

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How to Install Housewrap Solo

How to Install Housewrap Solo

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If you've got to install housewrap on a house and your helpers didn't show up, you could bag it for the day, but there's a better way.

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How to Patch Holes in Housewrap

How to Patch Holes in Housewrap

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If your housewrap has holes or tears in it, you might be tempted to put on a tape Bandaid and hope it doesn't leak, but there's a better way.

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What Makes the Best Air Barrier?

What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier?

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Planning a high-performance house in Massachusetts, Bill L asks the Green Building Advisor's Q&A Forum how to build in an air barrier that will stand the test of time. He's not sure that specialized construction tapes are the way to go.

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3 Best Practice Deck Building Tips

3 Best Practice Deck Building Tips

Here are my three top tips to double the lifespan of your new deck! Hint: They all deal with water and rot issues. -Matt Risinger

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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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A Shortcut for Air-Sealing Houses

A Shortcut for Air-Sealing Houses

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Researchers who developed a method of sealing leaky air ducts set their sights on a whole-house treatment that should make it easier for builders to make tight houses

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Ventilation Strategies for Houses in the Hot-Humid South: Good/Better/Best

Ventilation Strategies for Houses in the Hot-Humid South: Good/Better/Best

Build tight, ventilate right. I learned that from building science guru Mark LaLiberte. But what is the right way to ventilate a house in Texas (or anywhere in the hot/humid South)? I'll give you my recommendations for three strategies.

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Best Practices: Methods for Installing Brick or Stone Veneer

Best Practices: Methods for Installing Brick or Stone Veneer

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Brick is a wonderful building veneer and is the original "Rain Screen" method of separating your cladding from your building with an air gap. Rock on the other hand is often devoid of that air gap here in the South and can lead to building failures. In this post I'll show you a Best Practice Rock veneer approach with a vented air gap.

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How to Do Everything: The Energy Nerds Greatest Hits

How to Do Everything: The Energy Nerd's Greatest Hits

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If you plan to design, build, or remodel an energy efficient house, Energy Nerd Martin Holladay's collection of how-to articles is a must-read

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High-Performance Homes Dos & Donts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

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Mark LaLiberte is an amazing building-science teacher. Read my blogging notes from his seminar titled "Building High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts," which I attended in Austin, Texas. Remember that this is focused on Texas construction, but there is plenty to learn here for anyone in the U.S.

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Blower Doors Have Become Essential Home-Building Tools

Blower Doors Have Become Essential Home-Building Tools

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Use one to measure a building’s airtightness, to locate leaks, or to comply with a green building program

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Airtight Wall and Roof Sheathing

Airtight Wall and Roof Sheathing

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In the early 1970s, residential builders knew almost nothing about air tightness. Nowadays, there's plenty of data showing why it's so important to air-seal houses.

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Major Thermal Bypasses: Energy-Wasting Holes in Your House

Major Thermal Bypasses: Energy-Wasting Holes in Your House

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Don’t worry about the cracks around your windows until you’ve sealed all of the big holes in your house

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Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows - Part Two

Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows - Part Two

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Double-hung sashes that are swollen, out of square, encrusted with paint, or without weatherstripping need a little extra TLC.

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Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows -  Part One

Refurbishing Old Double-Hung Windows - Part One

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Windows built 50 to 100 years ago often were constructed from woods that are no longer available. So it makes sense to refurbish them when they get tired.

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Stop Drafts With a Homemade Door Sweep

Stop Drafts With a Homemade Door Sweep

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You don't need fancy, store-bought thresholds to block the air leaking under your old doors. Make your own sweep out of materials you already have lying around the shop.

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