One of the most critical tasks to ensure the health and lifespan of a building is managing moisture. We built a mockup of our wall detail to test drive our membranes, tape details, flashing, insulation and trim.
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It has been almost two years now since we assembled a team to build the very best house we could for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. We were interested in achieving a Passive House standard and came up with this:
Fast forward to today, and we have framing and are beginning to install house wrap, insulation baffles and exterior insulation. It looks like this:
You can see the basic form is there, but can you see the massive amount of insulation under the slab? Or can you see the 2x6 studs we are using to give us a cavity to fill with insulation? Ultimately it will be the details that you can’t see that will make this framing turn into the rendering above it.