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FIBERGLASS PARTICLE CONTAMINATION
Fiberboard Insulation Sheathing Mold
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FRAMING DETAILS for BETTER INSULATION
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HEAT LOSS in BUILDINGS
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INSULATION AIR & HEAT LEAKS
INDOOR AIR QUALITY & HOUSE TIGHTNESS
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INSULATION INSPECTION & IMPROVEMENT
INSULATION R-Values & Properties
LEED GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION
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MOLD in FOAM INSULATION, RESISTANCE
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NOISE / SOUND DIAGNOSIS & CURE
RIGID FOAM USE INDOORS
SHEATHING, FOIL FACED - VENTS
SLAB INSULATION, PASSIVE SOLAR
STAINS on & in BUILDINGS, CAUSES & CURES
STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION
STUCCO WALL METHODS & INSTALLATION
STUCCO OVER FOAM INSULATION
SWEATING (CONDENSATION) on PIPES, TANKS
Thermal Expansion Cracking of Brick
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THERMAL MASS in BUILDINGS
THERMAL TRACKING Indicates Heat Loss
TRUSS UPLIFT, ROOF
VAPOR BARRIERS & CONDENSATION in BUILDINGS
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
WALL CONSTRUCTION BARRIER vs CAVITY
WIND WASHING INSULATION At EAVES
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
Brick veneer wall building insulation specifications & advice: this article discusses the installation of foam board insulation behind brick veneer walls, and the question of air leaks at the brick ties to the wall. Our page top photo shows a brick veneer building undergoing demolition - the brick veneer wall ties are visible if you click to enlarge the photograph. No exterior insulation had been installed on this 1950's building at Stewart Air Force Base in Newburgh, NY.
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How do You Keep Brick Veneer Construction Airtight?
How do you keep brick veneer construction airtight and well insulated when the ties from the brick to the wall studs puncture the rigid foam insulation board and the building's vapor barrier? -- Harold Murray, Bowie MD
With a high-density rigid foam board insulation such as extruded polystyrene (see POLYSTYRENE FOAM INSULATION), or foil faced polyisocyanurate insulating board (see POLYISOCYANURATE FOAM INSULATION), the brick veneer wall ties can be placed on the surface of the foam sheathing and nailed through to the wall studs.
Our photo (left) of foam insulating sheating board was provided courtesy of Arlene Puentes.
This is in accordance with FHA Bulletin 71 for single- and two-family residences.
In especially windy conditions, it may be advisable to increase the number of brick veneer wall ties or use higher-density insulation.
Another option is to nail the ties directly to the studs between each 24-inch course of rigid insulation board.
In any case, the vapor barrier on the warm side of the building wall will not be affected.
Here we include solar energy, solar heating, solar hot water, and related building energy efficiency improvement articles reprinted/adapted/excerpted with permission from Solar Age Magazine - editor Steven Bliss.
Readers should also see BRICK or BLOCK WALL CAVITY INSULATION and see our master list of insulation articles at INSULATION INSPECTION & IMPROVEMENT and also see AIR BYPASS LEAKS as well as AIR LEAK MINIMIZATION and finally, see AIR SEALING STRATEGIES.
Also see BRICK WALL THERMAL EXPANSION CRACKS.
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