Tag Archives: International Energy Conservation Code

The state of energy efficiency: IECC and the building enclosure

The author provides an overview of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), discusses how and why the requirements for the building enclosure have changed, and how the current code will impact design and construction. He explores how climate influences design, the need to control air and water in an enclosure assembly, and the rationale behind reducing the percentage of glass on façades.

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To Vent or Not to Vent: Q&A

Designers have long used cross-ventilation to minimize the potential for moisture accumulation and condensation in attics and crawl spaces. However, unvented attics have become popular in both residential and commercial applications, pushed by emerging claims of energy savings and moisture control.

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To Vent or Not to Vent: Tips for insulating vented attics

Designers have long used cross-ventilation to minimize the potential for moisture accumulation and condensation in attics and crawl spaces. However, unvented attics have become popular in both residential and commercial applications, pushed by emerging claims of energy savings and moisture control. While these ‘new-style’ attics can be successfully used in many circumstances, this author believes there are reasons to employ vented assemblies in many situations.

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