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Guide describing how to correctly air seal a wall with missing top plates or open wall cavities. 

Guide describing how to insulate a basement to improve the overall thermal performance of the building and provide more dry, usable conditioned space for home occupants and for HVAC equipment.

Guide describing ways to air seal an attached garage in new and existing homes.

Guide describing ways to seal drywall to the top plate of an exterior wall to air seal the wall cavity.

Guide describing how to air seal the gap between the drywall shaft wall (i.e., common wall) and the structural framing between units in multifamily housing.

Guide describing how to air seal sill plates in new and existing homes.

This guides describes how to insulate and air seal attic knee walls and floor joist cavities under knee walls.

Guide describing how to create a capillary break at all crawlspace floors using polyethylene sheeting to manage moisture in crawlspaces.

Guide describing how to install moisture-resistant materials on walls behind showers and tubs to help manage moisture.

Vapor retarders can be a crucial part of the building envelope and can help manage moisture issues to keep the home dry. However, before installing a vapor retarder, installers must be aware that in some instances vapor retarders can increase the likelihood of condensation issues.

Guide describing how to install continuous air barriers in exterior walls.

This guide describes installation procedures for continuous rigid insulation to help provide thermal protection, reduce thermal bridging and provide a moisture barrier. 

This guide describes air barrier and insulation installation, along with air sealing for double walls - half or full walls included in a home design as an architectural feature that provides a more dimensional appearance.

Guide describing installation of a fully sealed continuous weather resistant barrier to help drain water away from above-grade walls.

Guide describing method for installing ducts in a duct chase above a dropped ceiling.

Guide describing how to apply flashing to the bottom of exterior walls to create a continuous drainage plane.

Guide describing how to install flashings to help direct water down and out at all the openings in a wall system.

Guide describing the air sealing of rim joists on walls connecting homes and attached garages.

Guide describing insulation techniques for skylight shaft walls.

Guide describing how to install step and kick-out flashing on roofs.

Guide describing how to install stucco over rigid foam insulaiton in new and existing homes.

Guide describing techniques for installing insulating sheathing as a continuous drainage plane on walls.

This guide describes how to install a rigid air barrier to separate the porch attic from the conditioned space. 

This guide describes how to install a rigid air barrier to walls behind fireplaces.

This guide describes how to install a rigid air barrier to walls behind showers and tubs.