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Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...built by Wakefield Construction . Wall assembly from the inside out: Drywall Horizontal 2x4's (on edge) as strapping, to allow for wiring chase without ...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...Green Homes all in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages .

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

...built on soil that could not support other types of structures. The typical soil bearing requirements for a thickened edge footing are 150 kpa (3,000psf), whe...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...built addition, with an energy-efficient wall assembly that includes large, high-quality windows. If your desire is to use a solarium as a makeshift greenhous...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...built in Canada right now that does not have it, or something equally impermeable to moisture. This doesn't mean that there aren't other options out there, they...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...built on site, and likely take one to several weeks to complete. Planning for a masonry heater should be in the design phase if possible, as that weight require...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...built. For other pages on eco friendly heating options see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...greenhouse gases is released into the atmosphere. Once a basement foundation is completed, a subfloor must be built on top. This is another cost that will be ...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...Built-in wood stove or freestanding wood stove: Built-in wood stoves look more like a fireplace from the days of old, only with the inclusion of a glass door ...

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?

...built to resist moisture. Even minor water damage can leave severe stains and damage on drywall while other times you will need to completely remove the damaged...