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A below-grade foundation wall with a damp-proof coating
A builder meets with utility staff at a job site.
A builder, energy efficiency consultant, and crew supervisor inspect a spray foam installation.
A coated OSB product with taped seams covers the walls to serve as both sheathing and weather-resistant barrier.
A complete HVAC system includes ducted returns
A condensing boiler and indirect domestic hot water
A continuous layer of polyethylene covers the crawlspace floor and is attached to the wall with wood nailing strips
A continuous rim joist separates the garage and living space
A crane is used to install the SIP fireplace chimney chase
A damp crawlspace
A detached garage offers more space to place solar panels with likely fewer roof penetrations and more options for roof pitch and orientation.
A developer meets with a landscape architect at the site.
A dimpled plastic water barrier protects the insulated concrete form basement walls and carries any ground water down the walls to the footing drain to minimize the opportunity for water intrusion and frost heave.
A dimpled rain mat and perforated drain pipe provide drainage around the basement foundation.
A direct-vent sealed-combustion fireplace takes its combustion air directly from outside through a dedicated air inlet and vents combustion products directly outside
A direct-vent sealed-combustion furnace has dedicated pipes for combustion air and exhaust
A ducted central return brings air from central return registers back to the air handler through insulated, air-sealed ducts
A ducted minisplit heat pump is hidden in the ceiling of this centrally located room with short duct runs to the registers located on each wall of the room.
A ductless heat pump is hidden behind a wall outcropping above the hallway ceiling.
A foam gasket is installed along the top plates before installing drywall as an air-sealing step to help achieve a quieter, draft-free home.
A fresh air inlet is ducted to the return side of the home’s central air handler; a motorized damper and electronic controls help balance the flow of fresh incoming air with controlled exhaust to meet ventilation requirements
A ground-source heat pump used a fluid flowing through pipe loops to draw heat from or discharge heat the ground to heat or cool the indoor space.
A gut rehab that includes drywall removal provides the opportunity to thoroughly insulate the walls.
A heat recovery ventilator supplies all living spaces with fresh air while transferring heat for energy savings.
A high-efficiency (95 AFUE) wall-hung gas-fired boiler heats water for the hydro-coil space heating system and also provides a back-up for the solar hot water system.
A high-efficiency gas boiler provides hot water to the faucets, to radiant heating loops in the basement floor, and to a hydro-coil for a central air heating system.
A high-efficiency heat pump is installed in a closet within this home’s conditioned space.
A home is tested at two points for enclosure air leakage
A layer of rigid foam is sandwiched between two layers of 2x8 lumber in this insulated header over a window.
A liquid-applied water barrier covers the walls, serving as a drainage plane, air and vapor barrier, and secondary window flashing beneath the rigid foam that will be installed next.
A manometer is used to measure pressure differentials between indoors and outdoors when testing whole-house air leakage.
A mesh plastic rainscreen product separates the coated OSB from the siding, providing a drainage space and ventilation gap.
A metal plate is used to connect top plates to one another
A moisture meter verifies that the moisture of the framing is below the recommended 18%
A moisture sensor is installed on the roof to control the sprinkler system.
A natural gas 94% efficiency tankless hot water heater provides endless hot water.
A nylon draw band and tensioning tool are used to secure the inner coil of the pre-insulated flexible duct
A nylon draw band and tensioning tool are used to secure the inner liner of the pre-insulated flexible duct
A paint-on flashing is used around the windows and doors for seamless water protection.
A paint-on waterproofing covers the exterior and tops of the concrete block foundation walls and piers to block moisture moving up through the concrete, while foil-faced R-13 insulation lines the inside surface of the exterior walls.
A planted “green” roof absorbs storm water runoff.
A plastic mesh rain screen is installed over the rigid foam to provide an air gap behind the exterior cladding allowing for drainage and drying.
A portable CO monitor is used to test for ambient CO near a ventless combustion fireplace
A premade gasket seals out air leaks around the water line.
A properly sized high-efficiency heat pump is located in conditioned space in a closet inside the home.
A pumper is used to place the concrete into the foam form walls
A push button operates the on-demand hot water circulation pump in this master bathroom.
A putty knife is used to press caulk into a seam in the plywood sheathing.
A rigid metal duct vents the exhaust fan.
A roof-mounted solar electric system can be sized to produce enough electricity to power the home and an electric car.
A second layer of rigid insulation is installed over the 2 in. by 4 in. retaining strip
A sill-sealing foam gasket is placed under 8-inch plywood base and two beads of caulk air seal the 2x6 sill plate to it; two more beads of caulk will top the 2x6 which will serve as a spline for the SIP wall panel.
A single ductless heat pump heats and cools the country’s first DOE Zero Energy Ready certified manufactured home.
A site-built rafter roof with a raised top plate allows for more insulation underneath
A standard site-built roof of rafters may pinch the insulation at the eaves
A storm water management system channels rainwater to retention chambers buried in the front yard.
A structural spline made of a solid 2x is used where needed to meet structural load requirements at SIP panel seams
A surface spline reduces thermal bridging much more than a structural spline at SIP panel seams
A tankless gas water heater provides continual hot water.
A technician conducts a duct blaster test
A termite shield and a sill gasket are installed between the sill plate and the foundation on a raised slab foundation
A thick vapor barrier and radon vent pipe keep soil gases out of the home.
A triple-filtered energy recovery ventilator is installed with individual supply ducts to provide fresh air to each room.
A ventilation controller with a manual override is located on a central air handler fan that is located in an accessible location
A ventless gas fireplace has no chimney
A water-resistant backer board is installed behind the shower tiles.
A water-resistant membrane that takes the place of house wrap is sprayed is painted over seams and window framing then sprayed over the entire wall to provide a weather-resistant air barrier.
A waterproof layer of thermoplastic olefin is laid down before installing the solar panels.
A whole-house dehumidifier is connected to the return side of the HVAC system.

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