Steve Easley

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Builder's Guide to Windows Builder's Guide to Windows

There are more than 100 million homes and approximately 20 billion square feet of clear-glass residential windows in the U.S. Most of those homes are more than 30 years old, and as a result, the market is growing for replacement windows with energy-efficient insulating glass. Read more

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Insulation That Works Insulation That Works

In more than 25 years of consulting with builders on ways to avoid callbacks, Steve Easley has spent his time solving problems related the heat and moisture transfer, because this is where builders — even very good builders who deliver well-appointed homes to the coastal elite — most often get things wrong. With tougher requirements for the Energy Star label substantially raising the bar for thermal and moisture building performance, however, that scenario may be changing. Easley makes a case for using closed-cell spray foam (ccSPF) to correct insulation woes as he highlights some of the most frequent problem areas addressed by the EPA's Thermal Bypass Checklist Guide. Read more

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Air Leaks: Hidden Moisture Movers Air Leaks: Hidden Moisture Movers

Along the coast where wind-blown rain is a regular weather feature, it's no surprise to builders that the exterior of a home must be carefully detailed to manage water. Properly installed housewrap and flashing are the key elements of an effective water-resistive barrier. But rainwater is not the only moisture source, explains building-science consultant Steve Easley. The air itself, particularly the humid air associated with coastal regions, carries a significant moisture load as well. This means that sealing up air leaks is a vital step to managing moisture. Read more

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Common Callbacks Common Callbacks

Callbacks typically result from three things: poor design, faulty construction, or the actions of a clueless homeowner. While this is true everywhere, coastal environments are a whole lot less forgiving of such errors. Wind-driven rain and infrequent drying opportunities can drive moisture deep into building cavities. Steve Easley explains the most common exterior detail blunders he sees and offers some simple solutions that will fend off moisture problems. Read more

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Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

Whether you’re trying to eliminate condensation in cold weather or solar gain in hot weather, or both, there’s a window that fits the bill. An energy expert makes sense out of the variety of glass coatings, edge spacers, and frame materials, and helps you choose the right window for your climate. Read more

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