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You are here: Home Summit EcoBuilding 2015 Archive 2015 Speakers Dan Whitmore, Hammer & Hand

Dan Whitmore, Hammer & Hand

In the effort to reduce energy consumption by constructing excellent thermal envelopes for our buildings, Continuous Exterior Insulation (CI) has come to the fore as good practice.
Dan Whitmore, Hammer & Hand

Mineral Wool Outsulation: Getting Cozy at Home in a Nice Wool Sweater

In the effort to reduce energy consumption by constructing excellent thermal envelopes for our buildings, Continuous Exterior Insulation (CI) has come to the fore as good practice.

Mineral Wool, a long-existing building insulation, is newer to the stage in our region but has numerous qualities which demonstrate particular effectiveness for the Pacific Northwest. This presentation will cover the plusses and minuses of its use, from building science to application in the field and is based on the presenter’s research and three residences built in 2014 and 2015.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the unique manufacturing process and scientific characteristics of Mineral Wool thermal insulation in order to evaluate the materials included in the product, energy needed to produce, moisture characteristics.

  • Review the resources for installation, including manufacturers, distributors and installers to minimize complications with this unique product.

  • Define the established methods of installation including materials handling, cutting, application, and unique fastening requirements.

  • Investigate the complexities of integrating this material in a comprehensive fashion with the whole-building moisture-management, with particular focus on flashings Water-Resistive Barriers.

Bio

Dan Whitmore has worked in the construction industry since 1987 as a carpenter, general contractor, builder, and consultant, with additional stints as a designer and FEMA Inspector. In 1977 his family built an award-winning solar home in Oklahoma, where he grew up. As designer, builder, and Certified Passive House Consultant in 2010, he completed one of the first Passive Houses in Washington. He has since consulted on or built an additional 20 Passive House projects. Dan is an Instructor for the Passive House Institute US, co-developer of the PHIUS Builders’ Training program, board member of the Passive House Alliance US, and a founding board member of Passive House Northwest.

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