The external walls of the timber-framed house from outside in:
- EPS cladding
- studwork with batts that are the same thickness as the width of the studwork
- battens for an airgap
I requested the air gap for ventilation in case moisture gets into the batts and as a cavity for wiring. I didn't like the idea of the wiring being sandwiched between the batts and the cladding. The climate is temperate but it gets very hot in summer. Also, it is often very humid and mold in the batts is a concern to me.
I have had to find a new builder after my previous builder had an accident and is recovering. The previous builder only pointed out that the air gap would open into the roof cavity at the top and suggested fitting some mesh to keep insects out.
Initially, the new builder suggested using wider studs with the standard-width noggins because it would be cheaper and sturdier than the battens. I thought that was ok but I realized the top plate would now cover the air gaps so I asked the new builder if it were possible to use a standard-sized top plate with the wider studs.
He now tells me that encapsulating the batts with the drywall would not potentially compromise the R-value of the wall like my open-at-the-top air gap idea. Is that correct?
Edit: Note the roof cavity will be well ventilated and the plan is to seal the baseplate to the slab.