Air barrier / Guides

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...air and vapor barriers, see here . This is why it’s so very important to carefully seal air-barriers in homes , paying special attention to joins and breaks i...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...Barrier - Slab Floors WATCH MORE VIDEOS FOR SLAB ON GRADE FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTION Polyethylene barriers below slab floors serve two purposes - to preven...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...air heating, it does not blow dust around your home. So it offers an advantage for cleaner indoor-air quality than a crawl space foundation. A polished concre...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...air barriers and vapor barriers in homes, see here . To function properly, REMOTE walls need to have significant insulation on the exterior of the vapour barrie...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...Air spaces behind siding allows water to drain and moisture to escape. © Ecohome How much of an air space is needed behind cladding? The air space b...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...barrier at any thickness, nor is it an air barrier. It also provides better soundproofing, and being made with stone, it is fireproof. Not being affected by m...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...barrier' on a work site, the standard 6 mil polyethylene. And remember - a vapour barrier goes on the inside of a wall, NOT the outside. Since we intentionally ...

DIY air exchanger installation video
HRV and ERV

DIY Lunos HRV air exchanger installation video

...airs blowing in opposite directions to maintain air pressure, and reversing directions every 90 seconds or so, which is how they absorb and release heat. The ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...air barriers, some have vapor barriers, some have both and some have none. Some insulation panels (like EPS, XPS and polyiso) can act as a vapor barrier, which ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...barrier Formaldehyde-free Kitchen Cabinets Split system air to air heat pump installation Air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High p...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...Air leaks are responsible for a surprisingly large amount of heat loss, so plan your air barrier well in the design phase and be very meticulous with air sealin...