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Architect’s Toolbox: Rain Screens Up House Health


By Bud Dietrich, AIA


San Antonio Home DesignBetter materials and practices, including tighter envelopes, have made our homes easier to heat and cool and much more efficient. Gone are the days of drafty windows and doors, sky-high energy bills and uncomfortable rooms.

But, of course, there’s a side effect to having a home that doesn’t leak energy out of every crack and gap. Moisture buildup in our walls and a lack of fresh air coming into the home can create poor air quality. All those drafts and inefficiencies of yore actually prevented moisture accumulation and kept the air circulating. Read more