03 Nov '13, 5am

Double stud wall & furring strips #green

I am building a 900 sq ft house in south-central Maine. My walls bays are 10" deep (double 2"x4" stud walls with 1/2" plywood sheathing with Tyvek). I taped the sheathing seams and will be air sealing the stud bays, then filling with dense pack cellulose/drywall. My question is as follows: I want to ensure my exterior plywood sheathing stays dry and/or has the ability to dry out sufficiently. I am considering adding 1/2" furring strips on top of the tyvek/plywood every 16" and attaching my wood clapboarding to the strips. Does the furring strips make sense given the tyvek? ( In other words, will the strips add any drying value or will the tyvek prevent the circulating air from reaching the plywood?). I've been following the cold sheathing discussion for years and I'm at a critical point in my build - any and all thoughts appreciated on the matter.

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