Moisture barrier / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...barrier when installed with multiple layers and offset joints as it will not absorb moisture from the ground. • Building on high ground eliminates any risk of...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...barriers and vapor barriers in homes, see here . To function properly, REMOTE walls need to have significant insulation on the exterior of the vapour barrier in...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...barriers in the form of 6 mil poly vapor barriers , exterior weather resistant barriers (WRBs) , tapes and caulking etc, so the cost doesn’t really go up much. ...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...moisture meters inside walls dating back 15 years, so his confidence in this as a building technique comes from technically monitoring their durability over a 1...

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

...moisture between two vapor barriers . If a home already has a vapor retarder or vapor barrier, it’s important not to add another vapor-impermeable layer on the ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...barriers on basement walls; this will trap moisture and cause rot and mold in basements. Resilient wall construction: Moisture in its various forms is the...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...barrier at all, you really do need one. This requires lifting insulation, laying down a polyethylene vapour barrier over the whole surface (it can go up and dow...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...moisture damage by stopping humid air from escaping and depositing moisture in the wall around your windows. Read more here about what to look for when shopping...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...barrier between the drywall and the studs. The moisture laden air can penetrate into hidden interstitial wall cavity from the exterior in warm outdoor tempera...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...moisture pass through, others are not. If a concrete floor has no vapour barrier below it or if the concrete has not sufficiently dried, 'waterproof' sealers su...

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

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Barriers in High Performance Homes - EcoHome Guide Discover the Aerobarrier Home & Attic Air Sealing Spray - EcoHome Guide Replacing Polyethylene Vapor Barr...