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  • Michael Shubat | Apr 15,2009 07:25 PM EDT
    Great idea for using a 'standard' process to increase U-values, but I have to disagree on the cost comparison to SIPS. In particular when the cost of insulation is factored in, I have found 6" ...
  • Martin Holladay | Apr 15,2009 02:44 PM EDT
    Whitten, Opinions on the suitability of PVC building products differ. Here's one opinion, from an article on the launch of new "virgin PVC" decking products; the article was published in the ...
  • John Brooks | Apr 15,2009 12:41 PM EDT
    Rob, how can you equate the reduced Asthma symptoms to EXTRA ventilation? Did you try the same house with code minimum ventilation first? Was there anything else about the new "green" house that ...
  • Michael Schonlau | Apr 15,2009 12:35 PM EDT
    Thanks, Martin. I'm happy with my architect on general design, but need a little more help on energy efficiency and sustainability. I will take your advice. I know a couple of raters locally who ...
  • John Brooks | Apr 15,2009 12:32 PM EDT
    Rob, I am right there with you on the airtight concept...most do not take airtightness seriuously enough. Airtight before R-value. I think that every home should be constructed and commissioned ...
  • clyde warman | Apr 15,2009 09:48 AM EDT
    Martin, yes... Im very much a rookie who is trying to find the best way to have my builder build my shell... Im VERY much lost at this point. As I have some people telling me which layers ...
  • clyde warman | Apr 15,2009 09:46 AM EDT
    Why are you not a fan of installing doors and windows in ZIP ?
  • Michael Maines | Apr 15,2009 09:41 AM EDT
    Jim, how do you treat the inside edge of the flex wrap? The first time I'd used flex wrap as a sill pan was under the windows on job pictured above. I was impressed how easy it was to form the ...
  • jim blodgett | Apr 15,2009 09:23 AM EDT
    At $2.00 per linear foot, DuPont's "Flex Wrap" isn't cheap. But it's available at several local lumber yards here in the Great Northwest. We keep a box of it handy and use it for door pans and ...
  • Martin Holladay | Apr 15,2009 05:25 AM EDT
    Mike, You have a few choices. 1. If you are beginning to doubt that your architect understands your needs, it may be time to choose a different architect. 2. If you are happy with your ...
  • Martin Holladay | Apr 15,2009 05:21 AM EDT
    Clyde, I'd like to add a clarification that doesn't really apply to your house, but may be important for other readers. You wrote, "I'm using Zip sheathing for the outside which allows me not to ...
  • Michael Chandler | Apr 14,2009 11:22 PM EDT
    I'd suggest no vapor barrier behind the drywall. Just be sure the double wall assembly is well sealed against bulk air movement and the moisture that comes with it, seal the top plate really well ...
  • peggy salas | Apr 14,2009 07:20 PM EDT
    why isnt tiger foam - closed cell polyurethane sprayed-in foam sold directly to customers in diy kits - listed? any reason?
  • Andrew Henry | Apr 14,2009 04:34 PM EDT
    Hi Martin, (edited the links AH) I enjoyed the posting. Don't know of a direct or indirect way of emailing you, so I'll do it by comment. I am organizing a free encore presentation ...
  • Andrew Henry | Apr 14,2009 04:32 PM EDT
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  • Sean Keller | Apr 14,2009 12:22 PM EDT
    Very cool post. Can we exchange links? Your site is a great green building resource. Sean Keller http://www.greencollareconomy.com
  • John Brooks | Apr 14,2009 07:35 AM EDT
    Alex, I really enjoyed your blog. http://superinsulating.blogspot.com/ Thank you for documenting your project and your thoughts.
  • John Brooks | Apr 13,2009 01:25 PM EDT
    I know..I worry too much and ask too many questions... Jeneau Alaska is an extreme climate and an extreme example and the fact that this project does not involve OSB is a good thing. My ...
  • Rob Wotzak | Apr 13,2009 10:07 AM EDT
    Thank you all for the great feedback. I'll be sure to work on more videos like this in the future.
  • Rob Wotzak | Apr 13,2009 09:45 AM EDT
    John, maybe Alex will have something more to add, but what are you most worried is going to happen? I don't see how Alex's insulation compares to the SIP problem you mentioned. With the multiple ...
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