Humidity / Guides

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...humidity in walls behind siding. Cutting boards short and relying on caulking to fill the gap: Caulking will eventually fail, letting water in but also potentially keeping it in. Boards are best installed tight, a certain amount of shrinking will occur but any water that gets in will be able to dry. Be sure to seal a...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...humidity levels which is important in a Net Zero Energy Home that is built to be air tight and protected from heat-loss like a thermos flask! An ERV is particularly suitable for northern climates, as cold temperatures in winter keep outside air very dry. An ERV removes moisture from exhaust air before it is ejected, ...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...humidity problems that plague basements, stone wool is a much more suitable product for basement wall insulation than fiberglass. Hemp insulation: Hemp batt insulation © Nature Fibres Recycled content: Hemp is a natural and renewable material, making hemp batt insulation (and hemp boards) a very sustainable...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...humidity of your house. Combine that with un-insulated exterior walls and you have the ideal environment for condensation to collect and mold to form. And as it requires more energy to heat humid air than dry air, higher relative humidity will also lead to increased heating demand or make your home feel even more col...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...humidity level in the home and circulate the air – evening out the room’s temperature. How to fix noisy water-heated baseboard heaters? Some noisy baseboard heaters are water heated – so we should also mention them specifically even though they are relatively less noisy compared to electric ones. To throw a ‘spanne...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...humidity, 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 to 10°C. When the time comes to choose windows for any project, but especially when designing a home for Passive House certification or when going f...

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

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...Humidity ). The job of both air barriers and vapor barriers is to prevent moisture from forming at that critical point, they just do it in completely different ways. Vapor barriers The rule for vapor barrier installation in cold climates is to have it on the interior with at least 2/3rds of your insulation on the...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...humidity levels! PVC plastic Pros : We are including them because they exist, but we really can't find much positive about it as a product. Cons: PVC is toxic and produces pollutants at many stages in its life cycle. Solid wood Pros: Very durable and it contains no harmful glues. With the most rudimen...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...humidity lower that as well will reduce the problem. If you do plan to install them, you are best to look for high quality ones. That could save you a lot of headaches and money in the future. Light wells, as mentioned above don’t have the same condensation issues as skylights. They are sealed units so there is no ...

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

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

...humidity that accumulates in a wall assembly has a chance to escape. There in a nutshell is the purpose of a weather barrier - to provide a drainage plane that protects sensitive materials from direct exposure to precipitation at the same time that it allows walls to dry out. It's worth a mention at this point that...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...humidity and mold or mould ). The second principle is to optimize and balance energy gains by, for example, strategically placing the windows. The goal is to optimize solar heat at key moments of the day while avoiding the building becoming a furnace once the setting sun reaches deep into the house (balance). Choosin...