Condensation on walls / Guides

Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...condensation can form on the walls in the back of cupboards. Whether or not you have indentified an ice damming problem, this is an indication that you have a t...

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Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...oncrete connections in foundations © Ecohome Avoid wood-to-concrete connections: Concrete foundations take five years to fully dry, and...

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Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build on problem soils

...onduits and radon gas evacuation tubes. Note: We would strongly recommend seeking a plumber with experience in slab-on-grade construction. As all plumbi...

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Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...condensation and this can leave stains on the frame. (Significant condensation on windows can also be caused by high indoor relative humidity , the cause of thi...

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Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

How to install windows for the best performance and durability

...condensation and wind driven rain. 1- Angled bottom sills: by building your sills on a slight angle out, any water that finds its way in will be directed t...

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Condensation on windows leads to mold and mildew in homes

Ventilation & air exchangers

...on’t have cracked furniture, chapped lips or constant nose bleeds, and it’s not too damp for comfort, condensation or heat consumption. If you are in an ol...

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Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...on-grade construction Slab-on-Grade Construction: Slab on grade polished concrete floor © Bala Structures A slab-on-grade means no basement...

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Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

What to look for when buying windows

...condensation will form on any surface whose temperature is 6°C or less. If you keep the room temperature at 21°C and 50% RH, condensation temperature will rise ...

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Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...ontinuities in the insulation, corner junctions, badly installed insulation (convective thermal bridges), concrete slab junctions at walls and balconies, servic...

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Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Polyethylene vapour barriers in air conditioned homes can rot walls

...ones rot? A century ago, houses were made of rocks, brick and solid wood. Early construction materials were either unharmed by moisture or put in an enviro...

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Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...on. The lack of information and misconceptions surrounding this product are not helping make dense-blown cellulose a more commonly used option. However, it...

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