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Lessons from the Framing Stage - Details and Patience

March 31, 2017 | by Dave Sweet

When we got to the framing walkthroughs at my family's eco-friendly home, seeing the building envelope take shape was exciting!

We live in a colder region, so teaming up with my architect, the building inspector and others on details ordinary construction techniques miss was important. Poured concrete is much more porous than people realize. A 10"-thickness has only an "R-1" rating, meaning it has the same resistance to heat flow as a single pane of glass. The exterior of our foundation has 2" of XPS rigid insulation that doesn't absorb moisture, and the inside has 2" of rigid insulation. The entire foundation is surrounded with waterproofing to keep moisture out and control the home's indoor comfort level.

I paid special attention to spaces where the roof and walls meet and heat tends to escape, with a seamless insulation transition from rooftop to foundation. It may sound strange, but the rooftop plywood is covered in insulated up to R30. it's part of an advanced framing technique that creates a tight frame. Heat also tends to get away through corners where interior and exterior walls meet, so I spaced the studs just a little away from the corners to allow these corners to be insulated. These are the little details that will make a big difference in our energy bills!

It's easy to get frustrated, like when we were pushing ahead with the framing with cold weather on the way. I have to remind myself how important it is to maintain the timeline and  coordinate others' efforts. It comes down to speed versus quality, so I try not to let small unexpected delays get my blood pressure up!

This blog was developed by Taco Comfort Solutions. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


Topics: Building Green

Companies: Taco Comfort Solutions


Dave Sweet / My name’s Dave Sweet. I’m an eco-friendly homeowner and builder who’s been building his own homes since the 1980s, and I’ve had a great time doing it. Each time I’ve built a home, I’ve tried to include as many environmentally-friendly features as I can. This time, my goal is to use as little energy as possible while maximizing comfort for my wife, my daughters and I. This blog is about helping each other - whether you’re a homeowner or a contractor in the field. Ask questions, exchange ideas, share resources, and more! I encourage you to be a part of this community, and share your experiences.
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