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Gems of Innovation: The Martha Wall by Martha Rose

Martha Rose, EcoBuilding leader and past-President of King-Sno Master Builders Association, pioneered a breakthrough in affordable, energy-efficient home construction: The “Martha Wall” assembly adds a sheet of rigid foam insulation to standard 2x6 framing, sandwiched between the studs and the “shear wall” sheathing that covers it. Her innovative assembly makes a complete thermal barrier to reduce heat loss, and surprisingly increases seismic performance of the wall! Martha says “these details will become part of the Code Innovations Data Base, so that other builders can use them along with the information to show to a Code official.”

Gems of Innovation: Martha Rose, EcoBuilding leader and past-President of King-Sno Master Builders Association, pioneered a breakthrough in affordable, energy-efficient home construction: The “Martha Wall” assembly adds a sheet of rigid foam insulation to standard 2x6 framing, sandwiched between the studs and the “shear wall” sheathing that covers it. Her innovative assembly makes a complete thermal barrier to reduce heat loss, and surprisingly increases seismic performance of the wall! Martha says “these details will become part of the Code Innovations Data Base, so that other builders can use them along with the information to show to a Code official.”

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