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A below-grade foundation wall with a damp-proof coating
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 continuous layer of polyethylene covers the crawlspace floor and is attached to the wall with wood nailing strips
A crane is used to install the SIP fireplace chimney chase
A gut rehab that includes drywall removal provides the opportunity to thoroughly insulate the walls.
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 pumper is used to place the concrete into the foam form walls
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 termite shield and a sill gasket are installed between the sill plate and the foundation on a raised slab foundation
Advanced framing details include corners that are constructed with fewer studs or studs aligned so that insulation can be installed in the corner.
Advanced framing details include framing aligned to allow for insulation at interior-exterior wall intersections.
Advanced framing details include insulated headers over windows and doors.
Advanced framing details include minimal framing at windows and doors.
Advanced framing details include using the minimum amount of wall studs permitted by code.
Advanced framing details throughout house limit use of lumber
Advanced framing showing open headers
Advanced framing techniques including 2x6 walls spaced at 24 inches on center and ladder blocking at wall intersections allow more space for insulation in the wall cavities while open-web floor joists provide space between floors for ducting.
Advanced framing uses less wall studs
After attaching netting to the 2x6 studs, workers fill the wall cavities with R-23 of blown fiberglass made from recycled bottles.
After installing the house wrap over the SIPS, window flashing is installed
After spraying the 2x6 wall cavities with 2 inches (R-13) of closed-cell spray foam, the walls are covered with netting and an additional 3.5 inches of fiberglass (R-13) is blown in.
Air barrier is continuous across several components of the lower section of wall
Air seal above-grade sill plates adjacent to conditioned space to minimize air leakage.
Air seal and insulate double-walls that are half-height or full-height walls used as architectural features in homes.
Air seal drywall to top plates at all attic/wall interfaces to minimize air leakage.
Air seal floor joist cavities under kneewall with rigid foam, plywood, or OSB caulked in place
Air seal the common wall between units in a multi-family structure to minimize air leakage.
Air sealing behind a staircase
An all-terrain forklift is used to move and stage the panels
An insulated spline is another option for avoiding thermal bridging at SIP panel seams
Apply caulk to wall framing
Apply roof underlayment over roof deck and up the sidewall over housewrap
Apply self-adhesive flashing over top edge of the wall flashing, diverter, and housewrap
Attach the interior 2x4 wall to the exterior wall top plate with a flat metal connector plate
Attic knee walls are insulated with rigid foam and sealed with spray foam to help form a continuous draft barrier around attic rooms.
Autoclaved aerated concrete consists of sand, cement, and water, plus aluminum powder that reacts with the cement to form tiny bubbles that double the volume of the concrete, which then hardens to a lightweight, insulating product.
Baffles will keep insulation out of the soffit vents and wind out of the insulation in this vented attic.
Basement slab w/ capillary break
Before installing the windows, the window rough openings are sealed with a liquid-applied flashing that provides a seamless moisture and air barrier to protect the wall from water intrusion.
Brick veneer rain-screen assembly
Building materials have signs of water damage and high moisture content
Cap nail securing a weather-resistant barrier
Capillary break at all crawlspace floors using ≥ 6 mil polyethylene sheeting, lapped 6-12 in., and lapped up each wall or pier and fastened with furring strips or equivalent
Caulk or glue along top plates before installing drywall
Caulk the drywall to the spacer board behind the stringer board
Cellulose insulation is sprayed into wall cavities.
Cement board installed to a shower surround
Cement board installed to a tub surround
Collage showing air leak in existing porch wall with no air barrier and how air barrier was installed
Common wall sheathing not properly fastened or sealed
Complete water management strategy for a below-grade wall
Concrete is being poured into the wall forms made by the rigid foam insulated concrete form blocks.
Concrete is poured into the rigid foam shell of the insulated concrete form (IC¬¬¬¬¬¬¬F) walls; a plastic water barrier has already been installed to protect the below-grade wall surfaces.
Connector plate and drywall clips
Construct a double wall consisting of two framed walls forming a wide wall cavity for more insulation in the home’s exterior walls.
Construct exterior walls with insulated concrete forms (ICFs) that provide insulation without thermal bridging, as well as air sealing, a drainage plane, and high structural strength.
Construct exterior walls with structural insulated panels (SIPs) to provide an air-tight wall with consistent insulation and very little thermal bridging.
Conventional T-post framing detail
Corner framing is placed to allow room in the corners for wall insulation.
Cover the skylight shaft insulation with a rigid air barrier
Dense-packed blown fiberglass insulation completely fills the wall cavities with no gaps or voids.
Different types of ICF blocks
Double wall with interior air barrier
Double wall with spray foam
Double-wall framing
Draft stopping and air barrier at fireplace enclosure, plan view
Draft stopping and air barrier at fireplace enclosure, side view
Draft stopping and air barrier at tub enclosure − plan view
Draft stopping and air barrier at tub enclosure − side view
Drainage plane installation sequence
Drywall is installed above the spacer board and drywall or another sheet good is installed below the spacer board to provide an air barrier on the exterior wall below the steps
Drywall was removed and the existing 2x4 walls were filled with 3.5 inches of dense-packed cellulose. Outside, the ½-inch plywood was topped with house wrap, 1.5 inches closed-cell rigid foam, 1x3 furring strips, and fiber cement siding.