Moisture / Guides

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...moisture removal. The installation of a ventilation system powered by solar panels is planned for the future. Growing season: At present, it is used for a lit...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Landscaping, outdooring & urban farming

...moisture levels that they aren't used to, forcing us to fertilize or turn on the taps simply to keep them alive. Plants adapted to their own regions not only sa...

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?

...moisture, it condenses. So condensation is the result of relatively warmer and humid air meeting a cold surface. What’s the problem with condensation? Tra...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...moisture content, so it isn't just about a potential heave over the winter; a deck built on clay can be susceptible to movement depending on rainfall, if it goe...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...moisture that passes through it, and it is given a rating. Any material that allows less than 60NG (nanograms) of moisture to pass through under specific condit...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...moisture. What is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall efficiency of a building is the embodied energy of the materials that make up it...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...moisture. When the pitch dries, it acts as sort of a super charged fuel, which is responsible for the pops and crackles that you don't get when burning hardwood...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...moisture soil gas barrier. Seal the polyethylene barrier at all penetration points and openings with appropriate building tape. 1) We use the term 'air / ...

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...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

Vapor Barriers in walls, why polyethylene can be problematic It would probably surprise many home builders to hear what really causes moisture accumulation i...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...moisture that you sense when sitting near the wall only adds to the experience of living surrounded by a lush tropical forest. Ambient humidity has not been a p...