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Building code requirements for stacked window headers, bracing, and stucco over foam

We are building in climate zone 5 and the county currently enforces the 2009 IBC & IRC.

We prepared a list of questions for our building inspector, some of which are location specific, but since we have gotten no response we figured some of this is probably common knowledge.

1. Do non-load bearing walls require structural headers?
2. Can vertically stacked windows of the same width share a header and king studs?

Asked By Zane Bridgers | Jun 17 18
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Insulation in a non-vented roof assembly

I am building a flat roof home that we are using TPO roof on that the roofer will need a minimum of 1" polyiso for an underlayment. I plan to spray the underside of the roof sheathing and up the vertical side of the raised heel truss with closed cell foam for air seal. So my question is, to protect the roof sheathing from condensation is it better to use the 1" of Polyiso and 2" of closed cell or 2 of poly and 1 of closed cell?
I am in climate zone 5.

Asked By Kelly Coons | May 27 18
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Does the roof sheathing side in the attic space have to be insulated?

in some rooms in the upper levels there is attic space with an access door. I realize that the walls which are against the liveable space have to be insulated, but does the side with the roof sheathing have to be insulated? This is the side where the roof shingles are attached.

Asked By C D | May 19 18
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Roof ventilation for an L-Shaped (Plan) house with a shed roof

Climate: 4C (near Seattle)

I'm working on a 1-story home with an L-Shaped plan that will have a shed roof (low side of roof at the interior corner of the plan).
The roof will be constructed with trusses where one wing of the house would have a conventional attic but the other wing would have parallel chord trusses (~18" deep).
There will be a continuous soffit vent at the high and low sides of the roof for ventilation.

Asked By Daniel Stewart | May 13 18
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Can I frame over blanket insulation and vaper barrier in the basement and get proper Fire Blocking?

I would like to leave the insulation blanket and vaper barrier in place when I frame the walls in my basement. Is it permissible to frame out from the insulation and then place the horizontal fire blocking every 10 feet by just compressing the insulation with 2x lumber against the concrete?

Asked By R. S2 | May 10 18
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Vapor barrier for garage roof without drywall?

I recently purchased a house that has an attached unconditioned garage with an uninsulated roof. The garage gets 15 to 20F hotter than the exterior temperature in the summer. Also the roof originally had skip sheathing, and plywood was added over that when the roof was redone at some point. Tar paper was left between the skip sheathing and plywood, so that is currently exposed to the garage interior. The garage stinks of tar in the summer when the roof heats up. I'm located in Portland Oregon Zone 4c

Asked By Peter274 | May 2 18
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Has anyone used Airfoil electrical boxes in Ontario, Canada?

Will they meet code?

Asked By User-7049195 | Apr 25 18
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Is Rmax Thermasheath-XP an acceptable alternative to Dow Thermax?

I intended on using Dow Thermax for an exposed basement application in a residential setting.

I thought there were no alternatives without using an ignition barrier (drywall) but recently came across Rmax Thermasheath-XP. For my purposes, I believe this would be a more affordable option.

Does anyone have any experience with this product? It seems to have similar properties to Dow Thermax. Does Dow Thermax have any documented advantages?


Asked By NatePa | Apr 19 18
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Roof/Ceiling R-Value Requirement

I'm trying to understand what level of insulation is required in my roof/ceiling based on the 2012 energy code for Zone 5. Based on the tables I've looked at, R-49 looks like the basic requirement, but I'm trying to figure out if I can step down to R-38 or even R-30 based on what I plan on doing? Here's a few of the details:
- I will have no attic (100% vaulted ceiling)
- There will be no cavity insulation between the rafters. All insulation will sit on the structural roof deck and be continuous.

Asked By rodrob15 | Apr 19 18
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Basement vapour barrier


Asked By Paul Job | Feb 17 18
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