Product air / Discussions

What is safer than OSB for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities?

...product for home contsruction? Who makes the healthiest structural plywood or building product? Please help. I am also interested in finding an indoor air quali...

Posted by Ian Smith April 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...product will cause it to release any VOCs, do you have a preferred product for hot water pipe insulation that won’t off-gas into homes? I have strong sensitivit...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

...air and draw in the cooler night are thru open windows. Is it a good idea to use a venting skylight or someother similar vent product to accomplish this? Many t...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...air is easier than heating and cooling humid air, so cheaper heating and cooling offsets the operational cost of the dehumidifier. A sump pump sits in a hole ...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...airs you won’t have a continuous air barrier, but unless concrete is extremely cracked then you likely wouldn’t have a lot of air leakage so I wouldn’t worry to...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do I create a complete air barrier using a vapour retarding primer?

...air and vapour movement comes from the fact that usually one product (6-mil polyethylene) is used as both the vapour barrier AND air barrier, but air leakage an...

Posted by Mihai Wilson May 3, 2018, 10:15 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...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 product, but you wo...

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

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...air source heat pump as well as an air to water heat pump water heater? Increased efficiency with an air source heat pump and heat pump water heater working i...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

How do you stop air leaks in an old 1950's house?

...air barrier product that we tried in our Montreal office and we were very happy with the results. It is a product called Aerobarrier, and it is applied by press...

Posted by Don Fraser Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Do you have on a category on insulating vans?

...product. It's nice to hear that you like the site, thanks. We don’t have any products to offer, we are a web resource for learning advance and sustainable build...

Posted by chantal fortier April 14, 2019, 2:08 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

How do you attach exterior siding without affecting the air barrier on a passive house?

...airtight barrier. Thanks, Scott The Zip Sheathing System is an air barrier sheathing when the joints are taped as specified by the manufacturer. There should ...

Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...air barrier and not the vapor barrier that is compromised, though it may well be the same product so that is kind of splitting hairs. This page explains it clea...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...airtightness levels, you can see a video of it here – How to install air barriers properly to make a house airtight – DIY video As for ERVs, installing a hi...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...air barrier. If you don’t have a proper air barrier and you are removing all the insulation, then that is really the perfect opportunity to lay one down. Air ...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Which is the best exterior insulation board to make a cottage 3 season?

...product? I've looked into a lot of exterior and rigid insulation options, and I've come to the conclusion that as much as I'm trying to reduce plastic use, as E...

Posted by Sharon Challingsworth April 23, 2021, 7:16 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...product in terms of creating airtight homes, because no amount of human due diligence with a roll of tape will be able to plug the amount of holes that this spr...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

We are renovating a house, and moving in fairly soon. We live in Southern California, and I want to avoid toxic materials, particularly in the bedrooms. Can't ...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...air barrier in some other form. Be sure to read this page about the difference between Air Barriers and Vapour Barriers as they are often combined in one produc...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses