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Paul Bourke is a builder based in Leverett, Mass. He is a former instructor in the Energy Crafted Homes program and a member of the New England Sustainable Energy Association.
A custom builder explains the simple steps he takes at the framing stage to create a tight, energy-efficient house.
It’s difficult to achieve a high R-value in a cathedral ceiling while preserving adequate roof ventilation. Here are four options for packing more insulation into the rafters, by an energy-conscious builder who has tried them all.
It’s tough to get the necessary insulation and ventilation into a compact sloped ceiling. Here’s what works best for contractors around the country.