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Seeking an experienced Rehau door installer’s help – St. Louis or remote

I had a Rehau tilt and slide patio door installed a couple of years ago. The work was done by a local GC who had previously installed one other houseful of windows and doors from this supplier, but has since retired and said he wasn’t interested when I reached out for help. The door has never worked QUITE as smoothly and effortlessly as I’d hoped. Every new person who comes into the house struggles with opening and closing it at least a little bit, and people naturally tend to just shove at it when it doesn’t slide or close/lock. It’s…



Can anyone point me to a detail in the detail library that would show some options for strapping to create an airgap and lower/upper venting+bugscreen ideas?  Spec’ing a build with reverse board and batten siding and want to create the most cost effective airgap behind the siding and a nice sturdy top and bottom vent/bugscreen system that is WUI compliant (California wildfire area). I was thinking vertical 1×4 screwed into studs, then horizontal 1×4 strapping, then battens, then boards. Maybe simplified to just go horizontal coravent strips ontop of WRB, then straight to battens (fastened every 12-16″?) then boards ontop…


Using Salvaged Building Materials

Green builders admire the idea of reusing or recycling old building materials. Facing a demolition project that might ordinarily result in truckloads of detritus being hauled to a landfill, a green builder might advocate the careful deconstruction of the building in order to save valuable materials and repurpose them for use in a new building.Owner-builders often imagine that buildings slated for demolition might be useful sources of free materials. The most optimistic of these (usually young) builders assume that they might be able to assemble all of the materials for their construction project at no cost.Some variation of these ideas…


Air/Vapor Barrier – Climate Zone 6

Hello, I am getting ready to build a home in western Montana (Climate Zone 6). The house is a little unique as it has a main floor featuring an ICF foundation, with a conditioned crawlspace, hung floor joists, and traditional framing with ZIP sheathing and Rockwool insulation in the walls, mono trusses (shed roof) with blown in ceiling insulation. That section of the house then transitions to a monolithic slab where the garage is. There is second story living space above the garage. The garage (sealed off from the upstairs) and second story are also traditional framed with ZIP sheathing…


Thermal Break for Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Many of the windows in the house that BPC Green Builders and Trillium Architects are building in the Hudson River Valley (Climate Zone 5) sit level with the floor. They are installing Unilux units, a German triple-pane Passive House–certified tilt-turn aluminum-clad window. Aluminum frames, in this application, present an issue; the conventional construction sequence—wood framing, subfloor, window—could result in thermal bridging. As Ben notes, “The frame is the weakest point in the whole assembly in terms of thermal bridging, which brings risk of condensation and impacts performance.” So, the team wanted to add a thermal break between the concrete of…


CZ5A Whole House Ventilation Design

Greetings GBA, I have a 1940s home that I recently removed the gas fueled forced air HVAC system from (and all its ductwork) and replaced with a 3 ton Fujitsu heat pump system. That work happened about a year ago and I found that the heat pump had a difficult time heating the house in the winter especially when exterior temperatures reached zero or lower. To remedy this I am planning an energy retrofit of my envelope by injecting spray foam into my exterior walls and spraying open cell foam on the underside of my roof. My hope is that…

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