Air-Sealing Tips for Efficiency That Lasts // Part 4: Protect Your Air Barrier
This is part 4 of a series that describes how to air seal the most difficult parts of buildings. A service cavity and vented rainscreen promote durable airtightness.
Major problems exist with the way some attic insulations are manufactured, labeled, and installed. An experienced insulation contractor, diagnostic technician, and building science educator sizes up the ongoing problem of cheating and offers specific recommendations to prevent it. [continue reading]
In the summertime, radiant barriers give attic insulation a clear advantage in cutting the demand for cooling energy. [continue reading]
Although new, high-performance windows are the ideal, simply putting up storm windows in the wintertime can be a very effective alternative. [continue reading]
Most techniques for creating a tight building envelope in residential construction focus on how to create a continuous air barrier on the interior of the building's frame. [continue reading]
In 1995, approximately 85% of U.S. residential housing was stick built. While energy-efficient walls can be built with dimensional lumber, it takes careful design and construction to achieve this. [continue reading]
As Home Energy readers know, venting attics in hot, humid climates brings a great deal of moisture into the structure (see "Conditioned Attics Save Energy in Hot Climates," HE May/June '97, p. 6). Not venting the attic avoids this problem. [continue reading]
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