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The Framers Botched Their Job on ZIP Sheathing

The Zip System R-sheathing that 88Clayton has chosen for his house is structural OSB sheathing with a water- and air-resistive coating applied to one side and a continuous layer of insulation applied to the other. When installed with Zip Tape, the sheathing provides the WRB for the walls and becomes an integral part of the house’s air barrier and thermal envelope. But when most of the nails attaching the sheathing to the house have been overdriven, some disappearing into the layer of foam insulation bonded to the back of the sheathing, Clayton wonders just how effective any of this is…

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Mitigating Risk with Fire-Resilient Building Materials

Mitigating Risk with Fire-Resilient Building Materials | 2019-06-10 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain cookies to…

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Type X and Type C Panels: Know the Differences.

Type X and Type C Panels: Know the Differences. | 2019-06-07 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires…

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Can We Prepare for Climate Impacts Without Creating Financial Chaos?

Climate change may overwhelm the ability of some communities to survive as we know them. Flooding and hurricanes in the East, and wildfires and water shortages in the West, are growing threats. [Photo credit: U.S. Department of Defense] This post originally appeared at Ensia There is a perverse and hidden danger from climate change that few people, even those who unquestionably accept the science, know how to deal with. Someday, likely sooner than we think, the destruction that warmer global temperatures are inflicting — through record floods, wildfires, droughts, and hurricanes — could physically overwhelm our ability to maintain many…

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In a Pinch, Chose Energy Efficiency Over Solar

Energy-efficient building components like windows and insulation are not as obvious as solar panels but ultimately help homeowners save more money. [Photo credit: Joel Dueck / CC / Flickr] An analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy finds that energy efficiency and solar make complementary energy and carbon reductions in new home construction, but when budgets are tight, efficiency needs to come first. Throughout the United States, energy efficiency is more cost-effective. Each month, it delivers $4 to $32 in net savings while rooftop solar alone can cost up to $14. With the U.S. building stock estimated to add a net average of 1.4…

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This Month’s Lession: “Be Careful What You Wish For”

This Month's Lession: “Be Careful What You Wish For” | 2019-06-05 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires…

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