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Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...the safest way, the most scenic way or which route has the most gas stations or least amount of hills. So what is the best wall system? That also depends on what you are looking for. What is the most durable wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is the most afforda...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...the thermal requirements using a bit of foam, but there are durability concerns. Exterior sheathing insulated with foam can trap moisture in walls. Foam is at least a vapor ‘retarder’ (which slows the migration or moisture) or sometimes a vapor ‘barrier’, which stops moisture altogether. That’s why the habit of...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...most of the cost, all the durability issues and potential hassles of a basement, PLUS a sore back and bruises on your head if you try to make any functional use of it. A crawlspace requires a concrete footing, then a short foundation wall, all the insulation on the walls and floor (or crawl-space ceiling), drainage, ex...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...most of the cost, all the durability issues and potential hassles of a basement, PLUS a sore back and bruises on your head if you try to make any functional use of it. A crawlspace requires a concrete footing, then a short foundation wall, all the insulation on the walls and floor (or crawl-space ceiling), drainage, ex...