With an increasingly inconsistent climate, rain-screen cladding applications have become more relevant than ever. While you may not need them in the desert, they are fantastic for building here in Austin, TX and most places for that matter.
In early 2015 my company created a common sense application of Tyvek’s Fluid Applied, that’s a perfect fit for residential construction. Our system, can achieve near Passivehouse air-tightness standards, without using any insulation. That’s right, the house below scored 0.8 air changes per hour (ACH50), just a couple of hairs away from the 0.6 Passivehouse air-tightness threshold. In laymen terms, that’s super tight! […]
Insulation is the key ingredient in any high-performance home. A trusted online source for information on the subject is the Green Building Advisor. They offer many great articles covering the various types of insulation commonly used today such as: spray foam, blown in fiberglass, batt insulation, spray-able latex caulking, and even newer hybrid systems such as Owens […]
Moisture is by far the most common cause of building failures today and throughout history. Many high-performance builders are now using exterior rain-screens in an effort to combat moisture issues related to exterior claddings like stucco, and lap siding. In that same vein, exterior rigid foam is all the rave at the moment, mainly due to […]
Here is another great tip I picked up from a builder buddy of mine. Sill plates are always treated, why not the lower few feet of exterior sheathing?
Through Wall Flashing (the thin horizontal blue strip on the home pictured above) helps keep water and the pests that come with it..out, and the conditioned air inside of our home..in (by providing and additional air seal to the exterior of our wall system). This tape which is combined with a water based primer and […]