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Title: Builder's Guide to Energy-Efficient and Durable Wood-Frame Walls

Source: Research In Progress FPL-RIP-4723-020. Madison, WI: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s): Forest Products Laboratory,

Publication Year: 2015  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: High-R walls continue to remain an underutilized technology, even among more advanced builders. Results of the Home Innovation Annual Builder Practices Survey showed that in 2013 only 6% of homes used 2×6 at 24-in. on center framing and only 10% of homes used exterior rigid foam over wood structural panels. Yet new model energy conservation codes and various state/local energy and green programs encourage, often mandate, increases in energy efficiency; so builders need practical and actionable construction solutions to help with transitioning to high-R wall systems. General approaches to increasing R-value in walls are available, but their practical implementation is limited by lack of specific details and by concerns over long-term moisture performance and hazard resistance.

Keywords: Walls; high-R walls; high performance; energy efficient; moisture; durability; 2x6 construction; guide

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 329 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/21/2015
RITS Product ID: 73356

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