Moisture / Guides

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 ...

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...

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 between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...moisture during construction, is the moisture that can infiltrate through wall assemblies after completion. How durable a wall is depends heavily on its ability...

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...

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...

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...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...moisture levels in a home Here is one of the benefits of hemp and grass insulation – they both have the ability to safely store higher levels of moisture than...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...moisture in all seasons and conditions. Drainage planes (building paper, house wrap, etc.) allow any moisture that does accumulate behind siding a chance to d...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...moisture damage than some other materials if not handled and installed properly. But this can be said of many components of a home, and rather than dissuade us ...