The number of roadblocks we have encountered can truly get us down at times. Weather, architectural design flaws, architectural detail omissions, weather, material delays, painstaking attention to air-tightness details, weather, health issues with the building crew, not having enough building crew, engineering omissions and the delays associated with waiting for new engineered details. Oh...and did I mention weather? We are now just waiting for the winter to kick into high gear. That should really help with our schedule!
Sarcasm aside, we are happy to have a crew that takes the time to do things with care and attention to detail. We are confident that we are getting a very well built house. Now, if only we could find them a faster turtle!
Here are some photos of what's gone into building passive house Casa Tortuga to date:
|One inch (2.5cm) thick polyisocyanurate board (foil-faced foam) is glued |
on every stud and nailed to the exterior side of the stud wall.
|One inch (2.5cm) thick high density Styrofoam is installed where floor |
joists/rim boards will sit.
Then all seams are taped with Siga Rissan for air-tightness.
|The first section of wall raised. Yeah! The seam between wall sections gets|
taped from the inside to continue that complete air-tight barrier.
|Corners get wrapped with foam board and taped|
before the section gets moved to its final spot.
|A bead of adhesive gets applied at the floor...|
|And the wall section is lowered over the anchor bolts and onto the |
adhesive, completing the air tight seal at the floor.
|Steel beams and massive window headers are boomed into place.|
|A rare moment of joyful-jumping and exuberance when weather and |
construction speed are playing nicely together. Ras...you're too cute!
|Trusses and roof sheathing finally arrive. |
What's with the weird looking window openings, you ask?
|Before I get to windows...|
the concrete gets two coats of elastomeric waterproofing membrane.
|The window bucks are built to accommodate the windows in the 23" (58cm) |
thick walls. It looks rather odd right now but once the exterior 16" (40cm)
of insulation gets installed they will look like any other window.
More later...giddyup turtle, winter is fast approaching!