The High-Performance House, Part 6: The Facade Takes Shape
Mock-up built to study wall assembly. This diagram illustrates how the ventilated facade supports the successful performance of the wall.
Garage/studio building with metal roof and facade.
The complications, and maintenance, of gutters and roof overhangs are avoided because the system passively manages water rather than trying at all costs to repel it, much to our client’s liking “I’ve found the experience of maintaining a house extremely frustrating, and wanted my new house to be very low-maintenance," she said. "I don’t want to have to find someone to clean my gutters ever again!”
All of the details, including at the roof eaves and around the windows, have been carefully developed to allow air flow into the ventilation space and at the same time shed water.
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