A. Bill Zoeller, an architect with Steven Winter Associates in Norwalk, Conn., responds: Assuming the rafters and 2x6 boards are properly sized to handle the roof loads, a simple, cost-effective solution is to use a preassembled panel of expanded polystyrene (EPS) laminated to a single layer of 7/16-inch OSB (see illustration). This is essentially a structural insulated panel (SIP) with one layer of OSB missing. Install a 6-mil polyethylene vapor retarder over the tongue-and-groove roof planks. The EPS panels attach to the roof structure with long spikes. You can then roof over the OSB surface with any conventional sloped roof application. The overall panel thickness varies depending on the desired R-value. A nominal 8-inch panel will provide an R-value of around 30.

This method complies with the CABO code. The poly meets Section 321, which requires a vapor retarder on the "warm-in-winter side of the thermal insulation" of all unventilated walls, floors, and ceilings. Section 806, requiring roof ventilation, applies only to enclosed attics and enclosed rafter bays, not to a solid panel roof system.

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