Day: August 28, 2017

Great Resource for Solar PV and Hydronic Information

In a time where it seems like everybody and their brother is now installing solar PV and hot water systems, and companies are coming and going like the dot-com flashes of the 90’s, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find reputable companies for Solar PV and Hydronic systems that will be around long enough …

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Separation of Top of Foundation Wall and Adjacent Exterior Grade

One of the most commonly asked questions to the structural department involved the required distance between the top of a foundation wall and the adjacent exterior grade. The 2009 International Residential Code requires a minimum of 6 inches of separation where brick veneer is not present. The idea here is to provide a buffer zone …

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The Building Envelope and Energy Savings

The building envelope consists of three main elements: the roof, the walls, and the foundation. The main concerns we have for these building elements are protecting the interior of the home from weather and other environmental issues, slowing the transmission of heat and controlling light, and shedding and removing water in order to not support …

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