How to install cladding / Guides

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...cladding? The air space between cladding and sheathing doesn't need to be great but it needs to allow continuous drainage without creating pockets where water can be trapped inside wall assemblies (referred to as perched water ). Correctly installed siding should also allow air to flow through from top to bottom, tak...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...how to repaint and refinish bricks and masonry. T o learn about other home renovation topics such as Siding Types & Costs: Which is Best? How to Choose Siding? , When to replace old Windows when Renovating or How to install siding so walls can dry , visit the Green home building guide pages at Ecohome.net, North Americ...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...to avoid overheating. When choosing and installing siding, it's important to remember that the exterior wall surface of your home needs to be able to be able to dry. That means allowing any water that gets in to drain out, and letting humid air escape - in modern energy efficient green homes using sustainable home de...

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

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...cladding and ventilation openings at the top and bottom together create a 'rainscreen'. The intention of a rainscreen is to protect walls from a driving rain while allowing any water that does penetrate to drain out, and letting air move through it so it can dry. how to install siding © Ecohome Installing sidin...

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

...to avoid... Find more pages about how to build energy efficient and durable walls here : Choosing a house wrap, which is best? How to choose between OSB and Plywood sheathing for Walls The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers How to install siding so walls can dry How to in...

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

What is an air barrier?

...to collect in wall interiors provide openings for insects and rodents to enter Carelessly installing your choice of air barrier products pretty much ensures that you won't have one, as there are few aspects to building enclosures that are less forgiving than the air barrier. Where to install an air barrier: A...

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

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...to its full potential as an air barrier and vapour barrier, and eliminating the need to install a separate product to do that job. One of the benefits of OSB as an air barrier is that it is solid. A polyethylene or foil air barrier can be easily pierced by the slightest touch with a sharp tool, without even realizing...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...to escape, and in some cases that can be through your door handle. If you find your lock freezes in winter, take it apart and lubricate it with graphite. You can find it at most hardware stores. For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here or even how to prevent and...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...how to prevent it , read more below about other home humidity problems and solutions: How to fix and prevent mold in homes Top tips for getting a home ready for winter Frost in attics: what causes attic ice and how to fix it? What causes ice dams & how to fix them And see more Green Buildi...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...to ensure on all sides, including the bottom, that the metal does not act as a thermal bridge , robbing you of your hard earned heat. In order to attain a modicum of energy efficiency, you would end up still having to build an entire additional structure to accommodate insulation, as well as install exterior cladding...

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?

...to wavy flooring. Some developers have had problems with that when delivering homes to the owners, and had to pull up and replace newly installed hardwood floors. The ability of plywood to return to shape after wetting makes it a lot less risky in this application, and while a little more expensive, that's still chea...