Is external insulation necessary for moisture control?
My new home will be in climate zone 4A, in the mountains of Virginia – a mixed humid climate. My budget is somewhat limited. Our house plans have 6″ walls, 24″ on center, with R23 mineral wool batts. Taped plywood sheathing, Tyvek, and vinyl siding on the outside. The main air barrier will be sealed exterior sheathing and the drywall ceiling. The house will be pretty air tight.
I will also be doing 2 additional things:
1) Sealing the top and bottom of the drywall, to reduce interior air penetration and air circulation inside the walls (though not to the point of doing full ADA, since my full air barrier is on the exterior)
2) My goal is to keep our interior humidity levels to no more than 30-35% (not usually a problem in winter if I don’t use a humidifier)
These walls will be able to dry out on both sides, and not much interior air should get inside them. Do you think this wall design will do a decent job of controlling moisture inside it, in my moderate climate?