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REPRESENTS THE DIMORA STANDARD. Houses can be updraded from this standard.
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SlabSlab on grade - may or may not be designed after an engineered planDesigned from an engineered planEngineered for the site, taped weatherization seams, inspected by a home inspectorEngineered for the site, taped wetherization seams, inspected by the engineer, and certified by the engineer
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Bottom plate seal
Sometimes sill seal and sometimes moist stop for stone ledges. The standard practices leave large gaps - In fact, this will become the leakest place of the house.Seal sill, silicone on both sides of bottom plate, SIGA FENTRIM F covers the gap under the bottom plate, and stainless steel fabric flashing plus a fluied applied on stone ledge all for a fully adheared water and air tight system.Gasget, silicone on both sides of bottom plate, SIGA FENTRIM F covers the gap under the bottom plate, and stainless steel fabric flashing plus a fluied applied on stone ledge all for a fully adheared water and air tight system.
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FramingStandard 2x42x4 w/ california corners (open) to prevent unneeded thermal breakingAdvanced 2x6 for a more durable structure and more space in the walls for better insulation.
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WallJust siding or with OSB and house wrap - may or may not be water proofedOSB with taped Tyvek, flashed penetrations on the exterior weatherization layer, and an air gap behind siding established with an extra durable textured commercial house wrap.Zip Sheathing with Zip tape or zip fluid applied, flashed penetrations on the exterior weatherization layer, rigid exterior insulation with radiant barrier, and an air gap behind siding.
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Window Install
Standard flashing with the standard flaws at the corners - This is one of the leakeset places of a houseAdvanced and properly shingled flashing with flex tape for corners, sealed, and shimmed channels for water flow.
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AtticUnconditioned and ventedRadiant Barrier decking, vented, and blown in insulation on ceilingWhole house conditioned with batts at the raftors, air sealed, and vapor ventedcompletely sealed for effeciency with foam and conditioned with humidity control
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Roofshingled (or other) and ventedShingled, air sealed, and vapor ventedNot vented, air sealed with foam.Not vented, air sealed with interior foam, exterior insulated, air gap, and several high quality options for roofing.
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InsulationA Maximum of r15 batts for walls and blown in on the ceilingr15 batts for walls spray foam under roof decking for whole house conditioningr21 (or better) batts in 2x6 walls sometimes combined with closed cell foam and foam under the roof deck for whole house conditioning.Rigid foam and batts in the walls and a combination of open and closed cell foam in the rafters for r values and air tightness well above and beyond the norm.
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HVACSingle state high energy consumption unit placed in a harsh enviornment - Standard vented attics can reach up to 150° F !!Variable speed to keep the energy use down and to de-humidify longer. Returns in every room.
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Wet areasoften, flooring/tile applied directly to slab/subfloor and walls - no water proofinghardie backing with water proofinghardie backing with water barrier
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StoneStone applied directely to the wall with a standard gap - Stones absorb water and push it through and across mortor in the gap and eventually into the house. In other words, the stone face is the least water proof section of the house.Felt paper on the wall. This products keeps the morter from adhearing to the wall in the gap. This combined with an already tight weatherization layer will keep the water out.Options of several products made to be applied to the wall. These products maintain the needed gap but keep the morter from landing on the wall in the gap. This combined with an already tight weatherization layer will keep the water out.
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