Wall assembly / Discussions

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

The building will be in U.S. climate zone 4. 60 inches of annual rain. Hot and very dry summers. Since it is wildfire prone, fire resistance is needed. Simple ...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

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

...wall assembly . But why leave a short answer when you can get all wordy about something? Alternatives to drywall like tongue and groove wood or interior plywo...

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

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...wall fully above ground (walkout side) one wall fully below ground (opposite side) And 2 walls that grade slopes down from top of the wall (100%underground ) to...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

Can I put a breathable peel and stick weather (air) barrier on the inside walls and ceiling?

...assembly cavity of my walls and unvented flat roof ceiling. It's impossible to air seal all the joints and sistered joists with caulk or sealant because where t...

Posted by Anomika Singhn Oct. 1, 2018, 9:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...wall on a rim joist wood-sill assembly (not imbedded in concrete). I have removed existing drywall, 2x2 studs, 6mm poly, r12 fiberglass insulation, and tar pape...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

...wall assembly. If you saw the building science video about it where we used it at the Edelweiss House, we had an entirely separate air barrier in that wall as...

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

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...walls of homes here Let us know more details about our wall assembly and what is behind the siding if you'd like, and we may be able to be more helpful.

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

...wall construction from interior to exterior is 1/2 " drywall, 2x3 strapping filled with fibergalss insulation, 6 mil vapor barrier, 2x6 wall with fiberglass ins...

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...wall assembly that is necessary for installing Shou Sugi ban wood, it behaves just as other forms of exterior cladding. So what is important is that you don’t f...

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

Can you use polyiso insulation on the exterior of a wall behind cedar siding on the west coast?

...wall assembly.

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 28, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...wall assembly, here is a story about that same house, which is a ‘nearly Passive House’ in Perth, Ontario. They used Larsen trusses with Dense-packed cellulose ...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...wall assembly and factor the thermal bridging that would happen with metal framing members, it reduces the effective R value of the entire wall by a good 25%. S...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...wall assemblies they are familiar with, that they like to build, and that offer them the least hassle and best profit. That’s just business, so go in with your ...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...walls on a project in Donald BC (Zone 6). Below is the wall assembly that I am planning to use: Standing seam metal cladding (Vertical) Horizontal wood st...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

Do frost lines where studs are on a wall show a failure of spray foam insulation?

...wall assembly. The best method of wood frame construction would always include continuous insulation on the exterior of walls, without that you may see indica...

Posted by Gerald Crozier July 22, 2019, 10:24 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...wall assembly assessed by an engineer who can factor in your specific climate conditions to make sure you have a wall suited to your region. Moving now to the...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...wall foundation, and much better insulated. If you are building directly on solid rock and have no drainage issues or had no clay, building with a footing could...

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

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...wall is airtight, and that you have a vapor barrier on the inside of the wall assembly. If you're contractor has pitched you the idea then they obiously have ...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses