PART TWO: 7 Takeaways to Help you Design, Evaluate, and Select the Right Water Vapor Control Layer for the First Side of Your New Home's Building Enclosure
PART ONE: Understanding How Moisture Moves and the Role of Control Layers in the Building Envelope Can Help Make Better Decisions for a New Home Build
Help Meet Four High-Performance Goals with Effective Below-Slab Vapor Protection
Why Cheap, Commodity "Visqueen" May Cost You More In the Long Run
The Secret Below-Slab Ingredient for Building an Energy-Efficient Home
A colleague told me a story recently about a family of five who, in the midst of selling their house after living in it for seven years, found out their home had high levels of radon.
The parents — who had both been smokers for years — didn’t have a radon risk on their radar at all, but a radon test during a routine buyer inspection came back at 8.6 pCi/L, more than double the federal action limit. Doing some research, the mother found that at that high level, smokers are eight times more likely to get lung cancer from radon gas exposure than non-smokers, so she was understandably concerned. Even more, the parents were worried about their three children, who had been exposed to the gas for most of their lives.
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