Air barrier / Discussions

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...barriers (WRBs) , as it could be a good opportunity to do an air barrier as well, which is a really good upgrade to do with older houses when you are doing ener...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...air and from water leaks. Any advice is apreciated. Insulating the outside of the foundation is a much better idea if you can do it. Insulating the interior of ...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to do wall construction using Charred Cedar Siding?

...barrier from UV rays. The most common mistake with siding installation is preventing air flow and having a proper drainage plane where any moisture that does ma...

Posted by Dobie Cheung June 6, 2020, 10:44 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...barrier, some are not. Some are air barriers, some are not. XPS foam insulation at about 1 inch thick will act as a vapour barrier, EPS foam insulation will sta...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...barrier / exterior air barrier, see our how to install an air barrier properly DIY video . ZIP systems are a good ‘all-in-one house sheathing / weather barrier ...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...air movement, and that is anothter thing you don't want in an insulated wall assemly. But yes, we would put rigid foam boards against the wall THEN the stud wal...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...barrier below the concrete floor, so even if you did insulate and seal the walls with a spray foam vapor barrier , it will likely continue to absorb moisture fr...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...air barriers and vapour barriers. Glad you're finding value in our pages, hope this all helps! The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers Hi Mik...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...air unless some sort of air barrier solution has been figured. I would add insulation, I would not build an R11 house myself. I agree that a Zehnder is sort...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...air tested and it showed high levels of radon? Here by the way are all our page all about mitigation – Testing for radon gas in homes and radon mitigation tec...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...air quality . They are also a good source of questions for us! This page below is a good place to start for you - How to Insulate a Crawlspac and Prevent Mold...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you install rigid insulation to the outside of a brick house"

...barrier on the outside of a building, so hold that thought. Not having an interior vapour barrier can be rectified, but creating an air barrier after the fact i...

Posted by Gordon CASWELL Dec. 13, 2019, 11:38 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...air barrier? And if so, you would need a method for attaching it so it won’t be perforated. And another question, are you planning to have air conditioning as...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...air barrier . Double wall construction © Ecohome ​​​​​ About the windows, I’m not sure I understand your question about the double and triple pane. If...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

Which house wrap is best?

...barrier and how to install siding as well – How to install air barriers properly for a durable and energy efficient house How to install siding so walls can...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

...barrier because of dry rot. Luckily no cracks in the foundation and floor joists are fine but I noticed that barrier is extremely wet. Running a dehumidifier ha...

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

Our buider tells us that building a full basement is much cheaper that a "slab on grade" with a four foot frost barrier at the perimeter. We don't understand h...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the exterior walls of an older home?

...air barrier or vapour barrier . Though you do in ‘effect’ likely have a makeshift vapour barrier as there is likely several coats of oil paint. Along with insul...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses