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Air Sealing Doesn’t Just Happen

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One of the biggest challenges in a high-performance building project is getting the air sealing right … and it doesn’t JUST HAPPEN. It has to be carefully designed and detailed in the construction documents. A number of architecture firms are doing a very good job at this, one outstanding example being Coldham & Hartman Architects in the Northeast US.

The partners at C&H have been kind enough to allow us to post one of their air sealing drawings so that y’all can use it as a “CASE” study! (That’s pronounced with a light southern drawl, as rendered by Dennis Creech at Southface Energy Institute, and as Dennis explains, that stands for “Copy And Steal Everything.”)

Click here for the whole drawing: C+H A5.2 Wall Section AS

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green building consultant; owner/founder, Design AVEnues LLC

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., LEED AP, is a leading green building consultant, speaker, teacher, and author. Her recent work and award-winning book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, focus on net-zero energy homes. Ann has taught for groups including AIA, USGBC, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. Ann’s consulting clients include major builders, software companies, design firms, developers, public agencies, utilities, investors, and homeowners. She has held key roles on numerous award-winning residential projects of all types.

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