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  • Robert Opaluch | Jan 19,2018 12:48 PM EST
    Scott, I built those walls in 1983 when lots of high performance building products weren't available, some not even imagined yet. For the second layer of drywall, I used glue plus fewer screws ...
  • Debra | Jan 19,2018 12:26 PM EST
    I would be very hesitant to hang dry laundry inside a tight house. When I lived in Buffalo many years ago, I used to hang my clothes outdoors throughout the winter. It takes a bit longer to ...
  • | Jan 19,2018 12:17 PM EST
    For the interior batts, I'll be completely focused on cost (i.e. because i'll be putting more cost/effort into the exterior insulation). I've found some great deals on R30 batts, which are only ...
  • Jim Erdman | Jan 19,2018 12:06 PM EST
    We decided years ago to use the laundromat every 2 weeks or so. Saves wear on our well pump, septic system, water heating system, and we don't need to have a washer and dryer in the house. We ...
  • | Jan 19,2018 11:58 AM EST
    The polyiso continues foot or so below the grade, so I guess my best bet is to go with EPS- type one something like R-Tech sheeting ? and then stud walls with fiberglass or wool is better? ...
  • Robert Opaluch | Jan 19,2018 11:53 AM EST
    This was a fun read. I have breathing allergies so have researched this topic. Agree this article is a very informative good summary. And good humor.
  • Malcolm Taylor | Jan 19,2018 11:43 AM EST
    Depending on the sequence of construction, the suspended ceiling could end up being defined by the code as a concealed space. You would have to fire block on all the stud spaces of the interior ...
  • Robert Opaluch | Jan 19,2018 11:40 AM EST
    Good to see an owner-builder upgrading the thermal performance of their home. Would be interested in hearing your experiences as an owner-builder going forward. Wondering about your insulation ...
  • Malcolm Taylor | Jan 19,2018 11:38 AM EST
    At the risk of being sexist, my experience is most men can only name and distinguish between about eight colours.
  • Malcolm Taylor | Jan 19,2018 11:34 AM EST
    Nathan, I like the changes based on Keith's suggestion to move the bathroom. The smaller hallway is a nice compromise. Any smaller a hal and it would make the entrances to the bedrooms a bit ...
  • J M | Jan 19,2018 11:32 AM EST
    Anyone pointing at CRI clearly isn't a lighting expert. In the lighting industry CRI shortcomings have been known for decades. CRI measurement only uses 8 colors. If you're working in film or ...
  • Armando Cobo | Jan 19,2018 11:27 AM EST
    Thanks Martin, one of your best! The main reason I got into high-performing houses, 20+ years a go, was because of IAQ. This is a very comprehensive and detailed explanation about the "fake" ...
  • | Jan 19,2018 10:09 AM EST
    I'll be doing the build myself. My father will help me occasionally and I'll hire some local labor when I need it. The benefit here is I will be able to afford high quality building materials. I'm ...
  • Peter L | Jan 19,2018 09:56 AM EST
    My house is 100% LED lighting and I guarantee you that one would think they are incandescent lights because the lighting is so soft and warm. It all comes down to buying the correct quality LED ...
  • John Clark | Jan 19,2018 09:52 AM EST
    IMO, having spent the first half of my life in WNC I think your largest hurdle will be finding a builder who has experience with exterior rigid insulation and won't charge 3x the labor rate. My ...
  • John Clark | Jan 19,2018 09:38 AM EST
    A lot of devices emit "blue light" other than just LED bulbs. It's just a matter of choosing the correct bulb. After all you wouldn't want to light your house with backlights no would ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jan 19,2018 09:37 AM EST
    Randy, Wood stoves in tight houses are tricky. The issue is pretty simple, and you clearly understand what's going on. If the owner isn't willing to crack a window, this house needs an outdoor ...
  • | Jan 19,2018 09:10 AM EST
    I'm looking at a number of insulation options, but my original post was in reference to XPS. I'll likely use a combination of products. I'll be insulating around my foundation as well. I'm ...
  • | Jan 19,2018 08:37 AM EST
    Added weight is one problem of using wood over metal, you would have to account for this in truss design and supply truss designer with your hanger layout. Second issue is why reinvent the ...
  • Bennett G. | Jan 19,2018 08:10 AM EST
    If the hole for the drain/trap is open to semi- or un-conditioned space, it would be good to seal that up as well. If you didn't air-seal this and the wall, picture air traveling up through the ...
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