Building enclosure / Guides

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...Building Science Engineer [EIT] with RDH Building Engineering Ltd. and has significant experience with the thermal performance of building enclosures and insula...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...building enclosures that are less forgiving than the air barrier. Where to install an air barrier: A building envelope should only ever have one vapour barr...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...building enclosure. 2.2 Durability managemen t: The builder must have a quality management process in place to ensure all durability measures have been succ...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...Building practices should always be determined by the climate in which you are building. How water vapor travels: There are two main ways moisture will pass...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...building enclosure, the warmer it will be, and less heat will be lost from your body to the walls and windows. As warm, humid indoor air comes in contact with...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...buildings' systems. There is also an on-site weather station measuring outdoor meteorological conditions, providing site-specific climate data. Much research ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...building envelope and, if possible, incorporating a passive heating strategy and thermal mass inside the building enclosure. Collectively, those measures will h...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...building codes, building materials, and how we condition our homes. These changes mean homes are better insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with bet...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...building materials to do for you when they are part of a wall assembly. If you have a working knowledge of building science then forge ahead, if not, check out ...