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Insulated concrete forms are hollow foam blocks that are stacked to form walls, reinforced with plastic spacers and steel rebar, and then filled with concrete.
Insulated header made of one piece of plywood aligned with exterior wall, with room for insulation to inside
Insulated header made of two pieces of plywood that sandwich a layer of rigid foam insulation
Insulated headers can be hung with metal hangers instead of jack studs to reduce lumber usage
Insulated sheathing has been taped and sealed at seams
Insulated splines consisting of boards layered with rigid foam minimize energy loss at joints between the SIP wall panels.
Insulated whole-house fan cover
Insulating sheathing is extended up to the roof rafters and sealed around the framing with spray foam as part of this exterior wall retrofit
Insulation does not cover boot and is not sealed
Insulation does not cover boot and is not sealed
Insulation does not cover boot and is not sealed
Insulation not aligned with subfloor or joists
Insulation support
Integrated collector storage (ICS) on roof
Integrated collector storage (ICS) passive solar hot water system
Interior and exterior footing drains keep moisture away from the foundation. Spray-on water proofing helps the concrete foundation walls resist moisture.
Interior non-load bearing walls are 2x4 studs spaced 24-inchon- center, can have non-structural connectors
Interior paints and finishes certified low-emission
Interior removable storm window sample
Interior storm window on double-hung original window
Interior storm window on double-hung original window
Interior wall attached with top plate metal connector, drywall clips support drywall, plan view
Interior wall attached with top plate metal connector, drywall clips support drywall, side view
Interior wall post support detail plan view
Interior wall post support detail side view
Intermittent supply and exhaust fans rated at ≤ 3 sones by manufacturer, unless rated flow ≥ 400 CFM
Internet-enabled lighting controls are part of many home automation systems and can increase safety and security as well as energy efficiency.
Joints between SIP panels can be connected with solid lumber splines or SIP panel pieces. SIP panel pieces help to ensure a continuous layer of insulation across the building shell.
Jump ducts are installed in the ceiling to connect closed rooms with open space to provide a return air path and balance air pressure
Key elements of a wall system clad with insulated vinyl siding
Kitchen exhaust properly installed and sealed with mastic
Kitchens should be equipped with an exhaust fan that vents directly outdoors
Ladder blocking where interior and exterior walls intersect uses less wood and provides more room for insulation than stacking studs in the exterior wall to nail the interior wall to.
Ladder framing detail side view
Ladder framing detail, plan view
Lapped and taped polyethylene sheeting
Lay out duct so that no radius of a bend or turn is less than the diameter of the airway
Lay out the rigid foam sheathing joints so they do not align with the window and door edges
Leaks at the air filter cover panel can draw in unconditioned or undesirable air
LED interior and exterior lighting makes a stunning display without a big energy penalty.
LED lights can be connected and controlled remotely via a communications bridge.
LEDs are especially efficient in fixtures that send light in one direction, like track lighting
LEDs cut energy costs by using less watts to produce the same amount of light as other light sources.
Lifting plates attached to the wall provide good bracing to tighten up SIP panel seams
Light tubes adjacent to unconditioned space include lens separating unconditioned and conditioned space and are fully gasketed
Light tubes are installed in hallways and closets to bring natural daylight into the home, even in areas that do not have direct windows.
Lithium-ion batteries charged by the solar photovoltaic panels provide 200 amperes of standby electricity to critical circuits in case of power failure.
Locate the fresh air intake away from pollution sources and in an easily accessible location
Low-flow water fixtures save energy and water in the kitchen and bath.
Make sure the beads of caulk are continuous the full length at each SIP panel seam, such as at the wall-roof seam, to maintain air barrier continuity
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity trains its volunteers to construct homes made of construct insulated concrete forms (ICFs).
Mandalay Homes uses information displays, equipment displays, an interactive “energy wall,” equipment modeling, and building deconstruction displays in its model homes and sales offices.
Manifold plumbing layout - plumbing diagram.
Manual D details show duct size and chase path
Manufacturer labled controls
Manufacturer labled ventilation switch
Manufacturer’s label found on this exhaust fan housing shows a sone rating of 2.5
Marriage joints between modular home modules at all exterior boundary conditions fully sealed with gasket and foam
Material Properties of Rigid foam Insulation
Measure the depth of insulation
Mechanical damper installed
Mechanically fastened and sealed
Mesh screen is correctly installed and gaps are less than 0.5 in.
Mesh screen is correctly installed and gaps are less than 0.5 in.
Mesh screen is spaced wider than 0.5 in. allowing insects to enter
Mesh screen is spaced wider than 0.5 in. allowing insects to enter
Metal strap is too small and is compressing duct
Metal strap is too small and is compressing duct
Metal straps tie the roof rafters to the top plate for additional resistance to severe storms.
Metal-reinforced rigid foam panels create a form for the concrete foundation walls.
Mineral wool batts are precisely cut to fit around electrical boxes in the wall cavities, preventing cold spots in walls.
Misaligned floor insulation
Modified truss to allow for raised ceiling sections for ducts
Moisture infiltration in below-grade wall

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