28 Jun '12, 10pm

Tell Me If My Building Strategy For NE Texas Is Sound #green

Bob… just like John, I also work near Dallas. 1. Ventilated crawl spaces are a huge mistake, and sealed crawl spaces are a lot of hard work to do them right. It’s building science ignorance to believe that it is the best foundation available. Look for post-tension slab or SlabTek suspended foundation depending on your soil test. 2. Conditioned attics with O.C. foam ONLY are against code (read 2009 IRC 806.4), you would need 2” rigid foam on top of the roof decking for thermal bridging and condensation control, or 1" rigid foam on top of the roof deck and 7.5" OCfoam under the roof decking. Bottom line, you need R30 minimum, and I would go R38 minimum, especially to the west side. 3. Your wall assembly is good; however, I would increase the thickness of the rigid foam on the west side, if not the whole house, to 1”. 4. Is the long axis for the house running N-S direction? T...

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