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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

...house wrap; strapping; cement board siding. The ceiling is a mix of Roxul mineral wool batts and cellulose totalling R80, the basement is a mix of EPS f...

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

What is an air barrier?

...house wrap, even the polyethylene we normally install as a vapour barrier can act as an effective air barrier, but only if you set out with that in mind and pro...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...Houseplants. According to NASA not only do houseplants absorb carbon monoxide and release oxygen , but certain house plants, such as bamboo palm and english ivy...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...house, it dries outwards , when we cool a house, it dries inwards ( or at least it should - depending if you have a vapor barrier) . A well-ventilated air space...

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

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...house wrap (WRBs) , tightly sealed sheathing, insulation that slows airflow, and well-sealed gypsum board (drywall). To explain this further, Gypsum board (dr...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...Wrap . "If the Earthship were a gasoline engine, Thermal Wrap and double or triple greenhouses would be fuel injection. I am ready to race any conventional he...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...house and yard, a bit less than half of an acre. On the north, west and south sides of the house, this means that the forest begins only 20 feet from the house....

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...house. Energy is then stored in your walls, in the form of tiny sealed beads of liquid that used to be solid when your home was 22°C. A lot of unwanted heat is ...

Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...house. Pot lights : they are not so much a problem due to the heat they generate, but they are very hard to seal. And worse than other air leaks, as it passes...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...house gases, and the average home foundation wall uses between 75 and 100 tons. It will also account for between 10 to 15 percent of your total building costs, ...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Weather barriers - what they do and how to install them

...housewrap or home wrap with staples creates a lot of little holes where air can enter and escape. Also, when exposed to the extreme temperature shifts between s...

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