The Wedge

A Laney College Net-Zero Tiny Home

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Insulation & Subfloor

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Insulation | 0 comments

We kicked off this Fall Semester with The Wedge by insulating the floor and adding the plywood subfloor.  We are using 3 1/2″ thick R-Max Thermashield rigid foam insulation for the floor, packed tightly between the 2×4 floor joists. The whole floor assembly is covered with 3/4″ plywood. We have lots of new students on hand this Semester to...

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Wrapping The Wedge

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Insulation | 0 comments

Like wrapping a present — OK, a very big and awkwardly-shaped present! — we wrapped The Wedge in a layer of moisture-protection building paper. The product we selected is Dupont’s “Tyvek DrainWrap” because combines superior air and water resistance, vapor permeability and strength of Tyvek with a vertically grooved surface, to...

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Adding the Insulating Thermal Barrier

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Insulation | 0 comments

Our goal has been to provide the best insulation for The Wedge, in order to minimize heat loss and summer heat gain. With proper insulation, we will be able to maintain comfortable temperatures inside the house without the need for supplemental heating and cooling systems. Our insulating system includes wrapping the house in a 1″ thick, foil-faced...

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