Wednesday, April 23, 2014

XHouse1 First Build - insulating

Just a quick picture. The owner is insulating the house himself, and he is using mineral wool for better energy performance. It also makes the house more sound-proof, and increases fire-saftety as well.

With this insulation and the "smart" vapor control layer this first XHouse1 will have the "Good" version of the USA New Wall.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

XHouse1 First Build - its all in the windows

The windows have been installed, and this clears the way for the cladding and the remaining exterior work to move ahead.

The windows in this case are Marvin's Integrity line. These windows are of fiberglass construction, with wood interiors giving the appearance of traditional wood framed windows. A nice feature of these units is the wood interior can be omitted in rooms where it does not make sense - wet bathrooms - or not worth the expense - say a laundry room. They are sturdy, have good thermal properties, and since fiberglass framed windows are typically painted it means there are usually more color options than vinyl or vinyl clad windows.

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