Air barrier / Guides

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...barrier of polyethylene that prevents drying to the interior during our hot, humid summer months, which can cause condensation and hence excessive vapor & mold ...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...air-heated tubes as seen below . A better basement design: Traditional basements begin with a poured footing, then a foundation wall, and finally the ...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...barrier (interior) and the air barrier (exterior). Us: How is the sun used to heat and power the igloo? L. McC : Recessed in the south wall are solar air heatin...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...air pockets in it that will absorb moisture and other contaminants, and stain easily. It will also endlessly release dust into the air through any contact with ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...barrier, we are inviting mold. A slab-on-grade foundation avoids this all together. Why we like slab-on-grade construction Quality of life: Polished con...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...Air Tightness in Houses - All about Balancing Air Pressure in the Home We go on incessantly here about the importance of air barriers in home construction to ...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...air barrier allows it to do what it is intended to do - stop air leakage - which commonly accounts for about a third of the heat loss of a home and the greatest...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...barrier. Seal the polyethylene barrier at all penetration points and openings with appropriate building tape. 1) We use the term 'air / vapour barrier' to...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...airtight building envelope Buildings benefit from an airtight envelope, since it allows better control over indoor air quality . Airtightness also improves en...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...airly good condition should provide enough of an air barrier to contain radon below it. A contractor will drill two small test holes in the concrete floor on ...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...barrier and air barrier. Blowing agents are 1430 times worse than carbon dioxide, exponentially worse than EPS. For ecological reasons rather than performance...