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Do I need to use 5/8" drywall with 2x6 studs spaced 24" O.C.

I am constructing a home with 2x6 walls spaced 24" O.C on the exterior walls to increase the insulation values as well cut down on the amount of lumber used. The building code as well the manufacture instructions say 1/2" is o.k. to use with this type of stud spacing. My drywall contractor thinks there may be too much deflection at 24" O.C.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Bob Latvala | Jan 27 10
2 Answers

Low-flow, lead-free faucets

Can you recommend a low flow and lead free faucets?

In Green products and materials | Asked By Karen Miller | Jan 26 10
1 Answer

Raleigh, NC — Should I use 2x6 exterior walls with spray foam insulation or is that overkill for this climate?

What is the best way to insulate houses in this climate ?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By eric Graf | Jan 27 10
4 Answers

12" structural brick wall - air space? insulation?

I have a client who wants to build a home using 12" utility brick for structural wall with felt applied directly to the brick on the inside, then 2 x 4 studs and a sill plate added just for interior finish nailer (interior finish will be t & g pine) and blue jean insulation between the studs. This is high humidity eastern coastal area and I'm very concerned about moisture and condensation.

In Green building techniques | Asked By pamela | Jan 26 10
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Count me IN for 2010

I just upgraded to the annual membership.
I would love to see more videos like these "free" ones
Kudos to Dan Morrison, Gary Bergeron and David Joyce.....Excellent videos
Kudos to Martin for ALL the great blogs

My only other suggestion is to add a more user friendly discussion forum.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By John Brooks | Jan 22 10
0 Answers

I live in NYC. Where can I get LEED accredited??

I'm interested in consulting Green projects.

In General questions | Asked By Stephen Smith | Jan 22 10
1 Answer

Powder-coated aluminum decking?

There's lots of back-and-forth debates about decking materials. The big question seems to revolve around using wood or synthetic decking. I haven't seen any discussions about the waterproof, lock-together aluminum decking made by companies such as Lock Dry (). If I'm to believe what they say on their website, the stuff will last forever. Any thoughts about how aluminum decking scores greenwise? Anyone out there used aluminum decking? Thanks

In Green products and materials | Asked By Jeff Kolle | Jan 20 10
2 Answers

What are the true definitions of the words "sustainable," "renewable," and "recyclable" as it pertains to hardwood flooring?

Would like to know the true definitions of these words so our company does not "greenwash" when we advertise our products.

In General questions | Asked By Rebecca Veltkamp | Jan 21 10
3 Answers

Insulated skirting for a mobile home

Hello everyone,

I am looking to upgrade the skirting on my double-wide. The space under the house ranges from about 2 feet to 3 feet high around the 28 x 72 exterior. I would like something solid (that does not break like the cheap vinyl skirting) and that can be installed without lots of difficulty. Any suggestions? Costs? Vents? Other factors to consider? Thanks!

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By paul Fleming | Jan 16 10
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R-60 with scissor trusses?

I'm finishing an attic, framed with scissor trusses that do not have an energy heel. (Roof slope is 12:12, interior is 8:12). I'm trying to achieve R-60 but I'm wondering how to treat the diminishing roof cavity near the exterior walls. Does anyone have a suggestion for this detail? I am also wondering whether to spray in cellulose above the ceiling or install batts at the rafter level. Is there an economy to using batts (22"!) vs. spraying foam?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Lydia Marshall | Jan 19 10
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