Most of my work is in exterior remediation, both as a builder specializing in exterior work and (more and more these days) as a building consultant inspecting and advising owners and builders when moisture problems arise.
The through-wall flashing at the head and sill must be planned before the masons are even hired, and we have to be sure the masons follow our plans closely because getting the details wrong is a sure-fire path to water problems.
As Christine Williamson explains in a recent IG post, lots of builders confuse the cladding of a building with the building's water control layer, and, she surmises, this is the reason for a very common omission: Not installing through-wall flashing, the (usually) L-shaped piece of metal above an opening or at the base of a wall.
Sixteen States' Attorneys General signed on to a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy outlining the deadlines it has failed to comply with regarding energy efficiency standard review mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.
As we recently wrote on the ACEEE blog, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the intertwined relationships among housing, energy, and health, and has underscored how disparate living conditions can adversely affect communities of color.