Moisture barrier / Guides

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...barrier prevents that from happening and you will inevitably trap moisture inside your walls. Depending on the situation there are other options that can be m...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...moisture so that the problem can be addressed. It can often be due to insufficient insulation resulting in condensation, improper vapour seals, or water in bath...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...moisture damage than solid timber used for framing and structural elements, for example Polyethylene vapor barriers in combination with OSB & air conditioning i...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...barrier 4) Mesh barrier for cellulose installation 5) Wood studs and cellulose fibre insulation 6) Semi-permeable foam 7) Drainage plane 8) Furring st...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

Air Tightness in Houses - All about Balancing Air Pressure in the Home We go on incessantly here about the importance of air barriers in home construction to...

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...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...moisture damage inside of walls © Ecohome In addition, if you leave gaps at the sides of your insulation at the studs, around windows or electrical boxes, y...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...barriers became a part of the building envelope shortly thereafter. Vapour barriers stopped the flow of moist air through walls, this of course led to a build...