Air barrier / Discussions

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

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...air barrier . Covering the Rockwool boards with a house wrap and then attaching it with strapping may lead to more holes. I would suggest you apply an air bar...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Does paint work instead of a poly vapour barrier?

...air barrier as well, which is very different, read more here – The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers and how to apply them As for a way to ...

Posted by Bill Fletcher May 6, 2020, 1:46 p.m. 1 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

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...barrier on ground/walls, taping best able around mechanicals and piers - and adherred to the skim of mortar under the rim. Questions: 1) do you think an inter...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 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

Can you use spray foam Insulation under a slab?

...barrier, air barrier, or to insulate difficult areas like basement rim joists or to create a radon barrier in a crawl space it’s a great choice, but in most oth...

Posted by Linda Martin April 6, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 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

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...barrier that you may have seen in that article is mostly to satisfy building inspectors, or to be used as part of a radon gas barrier. Often times an inspector ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

We are planning a build for June 2020 in Prince Edward County, Ontario where there is 1 ft of topsoil, 2 ft of clay and then bedrock. Structure planned is a bu...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...air barrier and avoiding thermal bridging in the wall assembly. Those links will give you a good starting point, and to really get your head in the game we have...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...air-sealing of the envelope – Absolutely, make a home as well-sealed as you can and let your ventilation equipment do their job. A poor air barrier and lots of ...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...air quality could/should be improved in older leaky homes as well. Or would the excessive air leaks make the HRV not effective? The only way to truly know if ...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 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