In this episode Matt & Steve underscore the paramount importance of durability in construction, emphasizing that if a building doesn't last, all other aspects become irrelevant. It explores how building science is inherently tied to durability, affecting comfort, health, energy efficiency, and environmental responsibility. The discussion delves into historical building practices and their energy dynamics, highlighting the evolution of construction methods. It emphasizes the role of factors such as proper insulation, humidity control, material quality, and water management in ensuring a building's long life. Episode 2 also challenges the notion of houses needing to "breathe" and underscores the need for a sophisticated understanding of construction practices to prioritize durability. Ultimately, it advocates for making durability the top priority in building design and construction.
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