Moisture / Guides

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...moisture and air infiltration, but it is also used for aesthetics. The little gaps at the top of baseboards or at corners and joints used to be left as is, but ...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...moisture categories designated A, B, and C. Zone A being humid, Zone B being dry, and zone C Marine, where the warmest months don’t exceed 72 °F and winter temp...

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...

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 ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...moisture from the ground. • Building on high ground eliminates any risk of flooding. • A slab on grade with a frost-protection skirt designed for its specif...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...moisture damage and pests such as carpenter ants. Wood also weighs much less than concrete, making it ideal for light frame construction. Given these advantag...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...moisture damage. If you are pouring a basement floor but don't intend to finish it right away, consider installing radiant floor tubing as a future heat source....

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?

...moisture and thermal protection, and unfinished basements are cheaper to upgrade as you don’t have the demolition costs and material disposal to consider. If ...

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 ...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...moisture. This led to corrosion and blockages, so even systems that worked at first were at risk of a short functional lifespan. Corroded duct ©...

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

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...moisture can evaporate through WRBs, any humidity that accumulates in a wall assembly has a chance to escape. There in a nutshell is the purpose of a weather ...