Architects + YouTube =

A replacement for all the construction experience we can't afford to give new staff.


I knew the Internet had to be good for something!

Firms should keep a screen in their break room,

looping their favorite edutainment videos from YouTube. 


Here are three most important youtube videos for Architects.  

Especially any of us claiming to be Sustainability Savants.

These are about foam insulation. 
In particular:


  • Fire testing Foam insulation
  • Smoke from foam fire testing
  • EIFS moisture problems
  • EIFS moisture damage
  • Repairing EIFS repairs,

(Or how easy it is to break open a moisture damaged EIFS wall)


ECO Panels - Ad Hoc test to structural failure click for video

Tascon Industries - Full fledged room with furnishings - foam insulation burn test click for video

E.I.F.S., Water or even Moisture Don't Mix click for video 


Architects YouTube Vidoes

by Architects, for Architect

Never going to happen.
It would be great if there were Architects Youtube videos. 
YouTube vidoes by Architects illustrating our jobs for the rising ranks.
Yet I know due to liability this is IMPOSSIBLE.  As we all would be personally liable
for any "advice" on them, just as we are for all our work, all our words, it's quite stiffling really.
Since we are prohibited by laws that straight jacket us from making Architects YouTube vidoes, 
we can at least co-opt those done by
tradesmen, specialists, manufacturers, suppliers, and quite a few gifted DIY'rs.
YouTube architectural / building vidoes are also a really FANTASTIC source of information for DIY'rs.
Two wildly diverse groups, each needing the same information:
Instructions for insulating, cautionary tales, such as a foam fire test graphically? videoly? showing in real world terms foam insulation problems in a way ASTM test numbers do not.  Youtube architects / builder videos, are a great way to educate clients on esoteric issues, such as foam insulations' potential fire, smoke, moisture and water problems.

Not that foam insulation does not have it’s place in the world. 

Weight bearing (under slabs) and high moisture / water areas (which should not exist around a well designed house / landscape!!) are two. 
If lowest cost construction is the only criteria, and if you are middle class or poor, saving energy is more important than saving money, foam requires the least skilled labor to install and installs fast. 


If money is tight, and for many working class it is, and I’ll ignore the socio – economic diatribe one could digress to, then “architects” youtube videos about buildings might well be your saving. 
If you are hiring the work out, and I can't say DIY is for everyone, or even most people, YouTube architecture / building videos can still help you.
Watch youtube videos about that type of insulation, foam insulation, fiberglass, or my favorite, glass wool insulation. 
Check out the work every day, preferably while work is underway.
Ask questions if it’s not being done like the energy saving insulation video you watched. 
Show them the video and challange them to refute what the video says.


More work for you, I know, it seems in this modern world we all have to know more and more about more and more to protect ourselves from the unscrupulous, and also those so cash strapped themselves, they are forced to cut corners when working for us, selling us stuff etc..  Ahhhh, for the good old days….


Architects Youtube video Architectural youtube videos

Youtube Fire test Foam fire test

Youtube smoke test foam smoke test

Youtube Repairing EIFS repairs

youtube moisture damage EIFS moisture damage

youtube moisture problem EIFS moisture problem

Foam Insulation 
Super - Insulation
Nothing is that easy.

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For a ton of information on wrapping your building in foam.


Experiences w/

Old House Rehab


It is saving me the $40,000 or so it would cost to underpin the house, install a foundation and insulate it.  Nor would this have addressed the rim joist, a major source of heat loss.


For those concerned with vermin and bugs, termites, etc. in the skirt.  I've had one element in 3 yrs, in a vermin and bug heavy area, with only a few spiders taking up residence.  I suspect in addtion to being pretty well sealed, it's dry and foodless.


We have noticed that we no longer have ants invading the kitchen every spring, and flies infesting the area outside the kitchen in the summer.  There might even be fewer mice.


In addition, the boxout is a great ledge for planters at a real easy height to maintain, with the plants and flowers visible from inside.


I'm going to try some parsely and carrots that we can't grow in the garden, the moles keep eating them.


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