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Nov 7, 2019

3 Framing Tips to Reduce Air Leakage and Save Energy

Custom builder Logan Parker shares his framing tips for a  well-insulated home that increases energy efficiency and minimizes gaps.

Parker’s company, Heirloom Builders, specializes in sustainable solutions and design. It is located in Silk Hope, North Carolina, and to uphold its sustainable goals, it mills its own lumber. 

Parker suggests ditching 2x4s for 2x6s, using continuous rigid insulation and gaskets, and fortifying the frame with energy star corners.

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“Thirty percent of home energy loss comes from air leakage,” Parker says. “Continuous insulation on the exterior walls and gaskets underneath your mud sill and the top and bottom edges of your wall sheeting will stop a tremendous amount of air leakage and energy loss right off the bat.”

By using materials to seal the frame, builders can reduce that percentage. He uses Zip System R-Sheathing for his rigid insulation and EPDM sills and wall gaskets to seal the frame. 

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"Our Mission is to lead the green building movement in a sustainable direction. We build homes that perform as more than just shelter," the company website says. "They are super-insulated and well ventilated - to maintain a comfortable environment on their own." Heirloom Builders also specializes in custom cabinetry, solar panels and 3D design. The green aspect of the company is inspired by Parker's interest in survival techniques 

 

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