Interior sheathing / Guides

Choosing house sheathing
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or plywood sheathing?

...sheathing. When you count sub-floors, roofs and wall sheathing, OSB claims about 70% of the wood sheathing market in North America over plywood. Both products h...

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Interior sheathing wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour barrier

...interior sheathing on previous buildings, Wakefield Construction has achieved ACH results that are a fraction of that, as low as 0.4 ACH. There is a common...

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Concept, design and architecture

Building science made easy - video

...sheathing; the difference is that vapour and air control layers are moved to the exterior of the sheathing, then additional insulation is installed outside of t...

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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

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

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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

...sheathing. They are necessary to allow a bottom space for insulation. But they are only necessary during installation - once windows are screwed in place, they ...

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Wood frame construction
Wall assemblies - new construction

Material choices for wood frame construction

...sheathing, as well as certain interior finishing applications and furniture. Engineered wood is at greater risk of moisture damage, learn more here. ...

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Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...interior control layers to do their jobs without being assaulted by wind, precipitation and UV rays. Walls in heating/cooling climates like Canada need to ...

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The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...interior loads (appliances, lights and people) and the sun for heat. So can a house built to Net Zero Heat specs actually stay at 20°C all winter long by i...

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

The Difference between air barriers and vapour barriers

...interior with at least 2/3rds of your insulation on the outside of the vapour barrier. Air barriers on the other hand can come in the form of house wrap (WRBs),...

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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

...sheathing. Beneath the sheathing are manufactured trusses with 3' of depth built in for insulation. Into this space a layer of 3.5" Roxul batt insulation was la...

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

Weather barriers - what they do and how to install them

...sheathing, housewrap, strapping and siding. Other options for wall assemblies can be found in our building guide . Just like a canvas or nylon tent, water ...

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