Moisture / Guides

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...moisture or put in an environment where they were able to dry. Houses were poorly or completely uninsulated and they devoured the cheap energy that was availabl...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...moisture sensitive and should not be installed where it will be exposed to moisture. Despite how commonly it can be found insulating foundation walls, it should...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

Understanding how firewood burns, the technical details Stage 1: The Evaporation of Moisture – otherwise known as “getting the d@mn thing going” If you’ve ...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...moisture contained in the structural material at the time of construction, but also of the building envelope in the event of any moisture or water infiltration ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...moisture infiltration and it’s always best to insulate the outside of your foundation rather than the inside. By doing so, you greatly reduce your risk of int...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...moisture control barrier should slow diffusion of moisture through walls in either direction without preventing them from properly drying. Some materials with...

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

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...moisture inside and soak your insulation. A wool sweater with a windbreaker will keep you warm, stop the wind from stealing your heat, yet allow moisture to dif...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...moisture venting valves are then installed in those holes to make sure air can flow through and remove moisture in the future so the problem doesn't reoccur. Th...

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?

...moisture in your walls. Moisture means rot and mold, rotten and moldy walls means home renovations are needed, and that means open up your wallet. Nothing good ...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...moisture and cuts from knives. Moisture damage from improperly vented kitchens and bathrooms can lead to rot and mold, affecting air quality and forcing costl...

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, heat and cold where they should be for durability, the insulation panels might not be the only things you're screwing up! Adding insulation to the e...