Moisture / Guides

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 / ...

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...

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...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...moisture that will condense on it. Don't mistake that for meaning heat up there is a good thing; raising the temperature of the glass should come from having a ...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...moisture is delivered alongside nutrients as the organic matter layered into the bed breaks down. All of this also amounts to less time being needed to maintain...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...moisture that can be hidden within the wall framing or insulation and causing problems later. Moisture & more specifically humidity is the number one cause of...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...moisture and other contaminants, and stain easily. It will also endlessly release dust into the air through any contact with it. Silicate densifiers are, in t...

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 ©...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...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...

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...