I am wondering if building experts have an opinion in the correct ordering of vapor and air barrier for a small 1 story house in Berkeley CA. We are planning a DER/Passive house retrofit and are figuring out where to locate the vapor and air barrier. One proposal is vapor barrier (let's say a good quality membrane) on the outside, keeps the moisture out and allows the house to dry out to the outside. In this setup, there is a continuous air barrier (lets say OSB with sufficient taping) on the inside, which helps to make the house quite airtight. In the middle would be loads of insulation. What are the issues with this setup? How can it be improved? Does this ordering make sense for Berkeley's climate. 

Thank you.

Views: 116

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Just asking questions and seeing what sticks is a poor way to obtain information. You should begin by reading the book linked below. It is used by many BPI and HERS trainers nationwide. It is a good overall introduction to many fundamental ideas. I would think it beneficial to your quest for information and there are many breadcrumb trails to follow as you read this book

Residential Energy By Dorsi Krigger http://www.srmi.biz/team-saturn/principals/john-krigger

The linked website below is filled with information. A great resource.

Building Science http://www.buildingscience.com/index_html

In your local area there are seminars you can attend. sign up for some building science classes

http://www.pge.com/pec/classes/

While you are in love with the Passive House Concept it is not the only system that exists. Look at these other systems below and understand what they have in common and what makes them different.

EEBA http://www.eeba.org/

Energy Star http://www.energystar.gov/?c=new_homes.hm_index

LEED http://www.usgbc.org/leed

The above is really only a start as most of us continue to follow breadcrumbs. We review what we think we already know, learn new concepts and try to improve our process.

And to answer your question I would say no but will not elaborate.

RSS

Forum Discussions

How would you insulate this roof?

Started by David Butler in General Forum. Last reply by David Butler 9 hours ago. 2 Replies

Dirty solar panels

Started by Evan Mills in General Forum. Last reply by Stacie Bagnasco 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

Fixing a water heater?

Started by John Shillito in Best Practices. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus on Friday. 21 Replies

Latest Activity

Alfie Davis posted a blog post
Sep 19
Profile IconSam Compton, Cameron Home Insulation, Seth Shoneman and 2 more joined Home Energy Pros Forum
Sep 18
Home Energy Magazine's blog post was featured
Sep 18
Eric Kjelshus replied to Gregory Cisco's discussion Abandoning under-slab HVAC ductwork which fills with groundwater seasonally.
"In Kansas City a lot of "cardboard" for supply was used in slab on grade.  1950-1970…"
Sep 15
Richard L. Rue replied to Sonja Persram's discussion Energy Savings Guarantee for single family dwellings in cold climate??
"Try EnergyWise Structures (www.energywisestructures.com) They are a NASA spin-off company that has…"
Sep 15
Debra Little commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post NREL Research Finds That 22% of New Homes Completed in the U.S. in 2016 Were HERS Rated
"The avg scores are interesting. Are there comparative numbers for previous years? I thought they…"
Sep 15
Home Energy Magazine posted a blog post
Sep 15
Robert Zockoff replied to Gregory Cisco's discussion Abandoning under-slab HVAC ductwork which fills with groundwater seasonally.
"Public water systems regularly "reline" the interior of existing 50 year old water mains…"
Sep 15

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2017   Created by Home Performance Coalition (HPC)   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service