Why Thermal Bridging and Thermal Breaks Matter in Construction

Thermal bridging reduces the overall performance of a home. Thermal breaks are the answer to this problem. Simple in theory, but thermal bridges have been challenging high-performance home builders for decades. It affects HERS ratings. It impacts continuous insulation. It affects sale-ability. It affects home comfort. So it’s a topic worth revisiting.

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What’s the Difference Between Air Barriers and Vapor Barriers?

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Is it an air barrier? Or is it a vapor barrier?

Are you sure? Although both are extremely important components of high-performance buildings, the two are not the same.

With very different functions to perform in the building assembly, understanding the core differences between air barriers and vapor barriers are paramount to building the high performing homes of the future.

Here’s what you need to know about air barriers vs. vapor barriers.

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Why Air Barriers Really Matter

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In order to design and build safe, healthy, durable, comfortable and economical buildings airflow must be controlled.  Why? Because airflow carries moisture that impacts a building’s long-term performance as well as it’s indoor air quality and thermal energy.

It’s no longer a question of should you use an air barrier, but how to design and install high-performance air barriers that will stand the test of time. (more…)

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Why Seaming Tape Matters More Than Ever

In just about every climate in which we live and build, the No. 1 job of any building enclosure is environmental separation.

Keeping water, air, and heat locked in or out of buildings can make them more resource-efficient, durable, and safer for occupants.

The greatest challenge in this endeavor is maintaining the continuity of our air barriers, drainage planes, and insulation layers, particularly at penetrations, transitions, and margins of building assemblies.

The answer?

High-performance seaming tape.

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Net Zero and Passive House – The Future of Home Building

For homebuilding in the U.S., the future is now. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has established a goal that all new buildings in the U.S. will be built to a net-zero-energy standard by 2030. With only a decade to go, the good news is that zero energy ready homes in the U.S. and Canada increased by 100%!  That said, there’s still more work to be done. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why Air Sealing Really Matters

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“Build it tight, vent it right.”

It’s a phrase commonly used by high-performance building experts to describe the two most crucial design tenants of energy-efficient home construction. Without a virtually airtight, well-insulated building envelope, achieving the energy performance levels now required by building codes is nearly impossible without a massive investment in renewable energy systems.

The good news for builders is that air sealing the building envelope right is one of the most cost-effective, higher-return investments when designing for net-zero performance. It all boils down to good building practices.

This article will cover everything you need to know about air sealing, including why it’s important, air sealing’s effect on moisture management, and why tape is the best tool for the job.

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Why Air Sealing Garages Really Matters

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An attached garage is a nice place to park your car and store your stuff, but it can also be a health hazard. Unless your garage is sealed properly, potentially lethal gasses can silently seep into the house via cracks, holes, ductwork, and improperly sealed air and vapor barriers. Here are the nine best practices for air sealing garages.

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