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Proper Insulation Metal Siding & Roof

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2024-02-21 07:22
We are building in climate zone 2a (39470) Poplarville, Ms.  La.  It is slab on grade with footings. We are slightly raised-maybe 3 steps above grade. We are doing a…
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Lennox Signature Heat Pump solution – looking for experiences

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2024-02-21 05:57
Greetings,We are in the process of building a new home and we have been getting estimates for HVAC.In addition to a Mitsubishi/Zehnder solution I've also received a proposal using Lennox…
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As Use of A.I. Soars, So Does the Energy and Water It Requires

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2024-02-21 02:00
Generative artificial intelligence uses massive amounts of energy for computation and data storage—accountability around AI's environmental impact is coming
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Will a hot roof (R-60) avoid ice dams in a 134psf snow load area? Or over-vent cold roof ?

Green Homes 2 - Tue, 2024-02-20 17:01
I'm building a house in southern Washington in a town called Trout Lake, it’s just south of Mt. Adams, lots of winter snow, fairly hot summers. The ground snow load…
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Retrofit – adding spray/rockwool insullation on exterior

Green Homes 2 - Tue, 2024-02-20 14:22
Hello,We're in southern Alberta, Canada (zone 3a, now 4b), planning to replace windows and add exterior insulation to our 1972-built house. The current setup includes 1/2" drywall, a vapor barrier…
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Young Adult Literature Authors and Climate Justice: Discussion with Nnedi Okorafor

Green Homes - Tue, 2024-02-20 14:00
Location: Zoom

In this program, award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor will converse with “Massachusetts Super Librarian” Liz Phipps-Soeiro on how writing, reading, and teaching books and comics with themes of climate change and climate justice can encourage young people to learn and think about these issues, while demonstrating the powerful impact of the arts and literature in our communities.... Read more about Young Adult Literature Authors and Climate Justice: Discussion with Nnedi Okorafor

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New Cellulose, how to get around in Attic space

Green Homes 2 - Tue, 2024-02-20 11:28
What is the best way to get around the attic space without trampling all the new blown in cellulose?  Should I put a board down and then leave the board…
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Waterproofing approaches for inset balcony

Green Homes 2 - Tue, 2024-02-20 09:26
Hi all. Building a garage with a one bedroom unit above in Nova Scotia. Looking ahead to sealing the 6'x8' inset corner balcony. I have sloped the joists and the…
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High-Velocity HVAC Systems

Green Homes 2 - Tue, 2024-02-20 02:00
Are smaller duct size and the ability to dehumidify reasons enough to install a system that distributes air at high pressure?
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House overhand insulation

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 21:57
My main floor overhands 4 foot from the basement. This section is extremely cold on the feet compared to what's over the basement. What would be best way to insulate…
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Basement Stairway

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 21:14
I have colder air coming up to my main floor from my open basement stairway.At the bottom of the stairs there is a door that closes the basement off.My questions…
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Cathedral Ceiling Failure in Zone 3B…Questions on repair

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 20:47
Hi all, recently purchased a home that was build in 2015 and unfortunately the builder and architect had zero understanding of roof ventilation/condensation which caused the assembly to build up…
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polyken 629 sheathing tape

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 15:29
I'm looking for a tape to use to seal the seams of some interior OSB ceiling sheathing.  (Air barrier for interior OSB).My local building supply store carries a tape called…
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How do I vent the peak of a monoslope roof?

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 14:13
I found lots of details out there for venting the bottom of a monoslope/shed roof, but very few discussing what to do at the top.Are either of these details right?It's…
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Analysis Paralysis in new build wall

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 13:03
Building our new "forever" house just outside of Chicago (zone 5a).  The architectural wall build plan was designed and approved in 2023 using 2018 ? codes. The village has grandfathered…
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Do I need a soffit vent in eave of a flat roof?

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 11:19
The house has a flat, EPDM roof, and the living space envelope is sealed with closed cell insulation - walls and roof rafters (no attic), completely filled. The overhangs are…
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Where can I find single pane low e window glass for sale?

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 10:41
I am considering making wood storm windows for my 100+ year old house.    I have been looking for a source for low e window glass (single pane) for the…
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Gap at back of sill pan for exterior slider

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 10:23
Hey GBA. Is a gap at the back of a pre fab sill pan a big problem?I got a Jamsill 4 9/16 for my vinyl slider (4 1/2") that does…
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Variations on the Larsen Truss

Green Homes 2 - Mon, 2024-02-19 02:00
Builders continue to innovate around this decades-old method of framing a wall that puts insulation to the exterior
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Insulation Strategy to Prevent Ice Dams

Green Homes 2 - Sun, 2024-02-18 15:48
We are doing a whole house gut remodel of a 1954 home in Minneapolis, MN (Climate Zone 6A). It is a single level house with a full basement that has…
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