Monthly Archives: March 2012

Foundation Insulation #1 – Frost Skirt

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Foundation #2 – Under Slab Insulation

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Foundation #3 – Slab insulation detail

       The lower photo shows a typical detail at thickened slab sections designed to carry bearing walls. The perimeter “foundation” is only 8″ thick with the rest of the slab being 4″. On the Volks House we found … Continue reading

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Framing #1

The framing for the Volks House is fairly typical, we follow standard practice for reducing material because of cost, thermal bridge reduction, and resource efficiency by framing with 2-stud corners, headers on only bearing walls, etc. But the rest is … Continue reading

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Framing #2 – thermal Isolation – Passive house / Passivhaus

As discussed before regarding thermal bridge isolation, the Volks House has an attached two car garage. We do not want any of the garage structure’ (that resides outside the  thermal envelope) to penetrate the thermal envelope of the House.  For … Continue reading

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Framing #3 – Airtight Layer

The exterior of the structural framing receives the structural sheeting that also acts as our air-tight layer.  In this case we used Zip-Panels and could not have been more happy with the result. The surface is extremely stable, easy to … Continue reading

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Air-Barrier #1 windows

We decided to install the Optiwin windows flush with the outside of the air-barrior for the Volks house for ease of installation and simplicities sake. The are not perfectly aligned with the cent of the thermal envelope, however are fairly … Continue reading

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