Builder's Guide to Mixed Climates: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Mixed-Climate Building Techniques
This manual shows the best techniques for energy and resource efficient residential construction in the mixed climates of North America. Lstiburek (a forensic engineer who heads Building Science Corp.in Massachusetts) discusses choosing the right insulation, heating systems, keeping heat in, air and moisture barriers, exterior wood priming, avoiding cold corners and plates, sealing air barriers, considering drainage planes behind siding, avoiding insulation gaps, and flashing window openings. Contains many diagrams. Spiral wire binding.
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adhesive or gasket air flow retarder air handler air pressure difference aluminum siding Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Average annual precipitation Average deep ground backdrafting bottom plate building assemblies building envelope building paper capillary break caulked cavity insulation conditioned space cooling degree days crawl space Dec Jan Feb deep ground temperature depressurization dew point drainage plane drywall duct ductwork exterior walls fans Feb Mar Apr fiberglass Figure flashing floor gasket Sealant heat recovery ventilation heating degree days housewraps HVAC installed insulating sheathing insulation Gypsum board Jul Aug Sep Jun Jul Aug materials Nov Dec Jan Oct Nov Dec paint polyethylene vapor diffusion range hood Rigid insulation taped roof sealed joints Sep Oct Nov soffit Summer design temperature taped or sealed thermal top plate typically Unfaced batt insulation vapor diffusion retarder vented Vinyl or aluminum wall assembly water heater wet bulb window Winter design temperature wood siding