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A crane is used to install the SIP fireplace chimney chase
A home is tested at two points for enclosure air leakage
A pumper is used to place the concrete into the foam form walls
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 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 showing open headers
After all holes through the ceiling are air sealed and the baffles have been installed, the insulation can be installed
After installing the house wrap over the SIPS, window flashing is installed
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 and insulate drawer and closet boxes in attic kneewalls
Air seal and insulate light tube
Air seal and insulate the rim and band joists of walls separating an attached garage from the home’s conditioned space.
Air seal around all duct shafts and flues installed through ceilings, walls, or flooring to keep conditioned air from leaking into unconditioned space.
Air seal around all plumbing and piping installed through walls, ceilings, and flooring to keep conditioned air from leaking into unconditioned space.
Air seal around all wiring installed through walls, ceilings, and flooring to keep conditioned air from leaking into unconditioned space.
Air seal around kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans to keep conditioned air from leaking into unconditioned space.
Air seal around recessed can light fixtures installed through ceilings to keep conditioned air from leaking into unconditioned space.
Air seal attic access panels and drop-down stairs to minimize air leakage.
Air seal door and window rough openings with backer rod, caulk, or nonexpanding foam
Air seal drywall to top plates at all attic/wall interfaces to minimize air leakage.
Air seal exterior doors to minimize air leakage.
Air seal the attic access panel with weather stripping
Air seal the attic access pull-down stairs opening with weather stripping
Air seal the attic kneewall door opening with weather stripping
Air seal the common wall between units in a multi-family structure to minimize air leakage.
Air seal the floor above a garage when there is living space above the garage and make sure floor insulation is in full contact with the underside of the subfloor.
Air seal the floor above an unconditioned basement or crawlspace and make sure floor insulation is in full contact with the underside of the subfloor.
Air seal the rough opening around doors and windows to minimize air leakage.
Air seal the top, bottom, and sides of a cantilevered floor cavity and ensure that insulation is in full contact with all sides without voids.
Air seal whole-house fans to minimize air leakage.
All ceiling, wall, floor, and slab insulation shall achieve RESNET-defined Grade I installation
All ENERGY STAR-qualified windows display the ENERGY STAR label
All seams between structural insulated panels (SIPs) foamed and/or taped per manufacturer's instructions
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
Application of window and door nonexpanding foam sealant
Baffles provide an air space over the insulation to guide ventilation air from the soffit vents up along the underside of the roof deck
Balloon-framed walls have no top plate to prevent air flow into wall cavity
Batt insulation is not an effective air barrier
Batt insulation should be cut to fit around wiring so that insulation can completely fill the wall cavity
Batt was properly split around wires to achieve RESNET Grade I
Blown cellulose insulation completely fills the netted wall and ceiling cavities
Blown fiberglass insulation fills netted wall cavities
Caulk applied against the backer rod to seal a window rough opening
Caulk or glue along top plates before installing drywall
Ceiling, wall, floor, and slab insulation levels shall meet or exceed Builders Challenge levels
Choose high-performance ENERGY STAR-rated windows.
Closed-cell backer rod for air sealing window and door rough openings
Common wall sheathing not properly fastened or sealed
Condensation potential for interior storm retrofits
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.
Cover the roll of fiberglass batt with spray foam to air seal it in place
Design the roof with raised heel trusses to allow full insulation over the top plates of the exterior walls.
Different types of ICF blocks
Double-wall framing
Draft stopping and air barrier at tub enclosure − plan view
Draft stopping and air barrier at tub enclosure − side view
Effective air barrier for the rim joist
ENERGY STAR climate zone map for windows
ENERGY STAR climate-specific criteria for windows and skylights
ENERGY STAR Window Specifications
Expanded polystyrene insulation is installed with joints taped and lath attached in preparation for the application of stucco. Windows are flashed to the drainage plane (not seen), which is behind the insulation.
Exterior aluminum storm window showing weep channel, example 1
Exterior aluminum storm window showing weep channel, example 2
Exterior storm window
Exterior window replacement detail
Faced fiberglass batt insulation can be stapled to the stud faces or slightly inset, but avoid compressing the batts
Faced fiberglass batt insulation incorrectly installed
Fill in the hole left by the missing top plate with a rigid air blocking material or rolled batt insulation that is spray foamed in place

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