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Foam sandwich fix

Green Homes 2 - Sat, 2023-11-25 17:44
We have discovered that our cathedral ceiling has polyiso at the sheetrock level with 2 inch rigid under sheathing with fiberglass in the middle. I have looked at related articles…
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Condensation Cathedral Ceiling

Green Homes 2 - Sat, 2023-11-25 17:30
We have a house under construction and a conditioned attic space and cathedral ceilings that need to be insulated. We need to achieve a minimum of R35. We are located…
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Energy Savings Sash Weights with Tubes + Foam vs. Removal + Foam?

Green Homes 2 - Sat, 2023-11-25 12:45
I recently read an interested study on historic windows energy improvement (link below). The study proposed keeping the window sash weights and putting them inside PVC pipes (probably OD 1-7/8")…
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Attaching Gable Stud to Gable Rafters

Green Homes 2 - Sat, 2023-11-25 11:59
When I built my cabin (home) about 10 years ago, I face nailed through the inside of the gable end rafters into the gable end studs which I didn't notch…
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Bonfiglioli Wall Advice

Green Homes 2 - Sat, 2023-11-25 07:54
Hello, I am finalizing some details for a Bonfiglioli wall system on a build in Vermont, zone 6B. For the rigid foam furring strips, I have decided to use 1-1/2"…
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Home Maintenance Tasks You’re Probably Not Doing (and Should Be)

Green Homes 2 - Fri, 2023-11-24 12:00
Six straightforward tasks to perform on a schedule to ensure your equipment and home environment are being optimally maintained for best function
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Passive consultant for Central Washington state (very good house actually)

Green Homes 2 - Fri, 2023-11-24 10:30
I have been looking for a passive house consultant for our home in Wenatchee, Washington and have been striking out.  Called/contacted a couple that were listed in Washington passive/energy efficient…
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Optimizing ductless heat pump in an old house

Green Homes 2 - Fri, 2023-11-24 10:29
Hi all,We live in southeastern Ontario, climate zone 5-6, in an older home from 1895.  Until recently, the home was heated with a forced air natural gas furnace, however it…
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Where does exterior trim sit in relation to jamb on nail fin window? Drip cap trim…a true drip cap?

Green Homes 2 - Fri, 2023-11-24 08:45
Hey all,Sorry for the basic questions.I understand exterior trim (my case PVC) covers the new construction nail fin. However, I can't quite find how close to touching the actual protrusion…
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ERV exhaust into attic

Green Homes 2 - Fri, 2023-11-24 06:31
I’m in one side of a duplex with a vented, unconditioned attic in central Virginia. I’m wondering if it’s a problem to take the exhaust from an ERV and send…
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5 Trends in Modern Living

Green Homes 2 - Fri, 2023-11-24 00:48
Smart Home Integration: Smart home technology is at the forefront of modern living. Homeowners are embracing automation and control systems that allow them to manage everything from lighting to security…
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Is a vapor retarder necessary on ceiling/attic interfaces of unconditioned attics when using blown in cellulose or fiberglass insulation?

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2023-11-23 15:26
Hi,I'll start this out by saying I might be overthinking this .......My goal is to prevent condensation on the plywood sheathing of our unconditioned attic that could result in attic…
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Henry Blueskin Concerns

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2023-11-23 11:53
Hello, we are about to begin frame on a build in Vermont zone 6B and I am having some concerns with the WRB we have chosen to proceed with (Henry…
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Zone 6B Wall System

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2023-11-23 08:06
Hello, I am new to GBA and wanted to get some thoughts on a wall system I'm considering for an upcoming build in Vermont Zone 6B. I am ultimately concerned…
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Wall vent flashing details?

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2023-11-23 06:04
I have several of the dryer wall vents ( roughed in on my house for bathroom exhaust but the hvac crew just secured them to the sheathing without any flashing,…
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Kinda different quesiton-are solar lantern/sconce lights “there yet”?

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2023-11-22 23:44
Thank you so much for all the green and builder tips on the addition.A thought popped into my head that couldn't be more green related.I'd like to add lights on…
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DIY minisplit in 2023

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2023-11-22 13:59
Someone just bumped this thread from 2018 on DIY minisplits: I thought it might be good to start a new thread to see what's out there now and what's changed. So…
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When to vent vs dehumidify basement

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2023-11-22 13:40
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Joist line insulation

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2023-11-22 10:37
What I got: So I have a 20" floor truss joists with 1 1/2" blocking on end so that leaves me with a  4" void to fill with insulation  to…
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Window trim flashing details on a flanged window?

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2023-11-22 09:13
I plan to have Marvin Elevate, flanged windows installed using the Marvin Method and integrated into Benjamin Obdyke hydrogap WRB.  This means that the WRB will lap on top of…
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