Moisture / Guides

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...moisture build up in walls which can lead to mould and rot. We recently had a chance to try out a product that at first sounds too good to be true, but one th...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...moisture meters inside walls dating back 15 years, so his confidence in this as a building technique comes from technically monitoring their durability over a 1...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...moisture goes through a small hole, and how comparitively little would go through drywall if you didn't even install a vapor barrier. This should indicate where...

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 ...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...moisture causing mold and wood rot deep in the structure. The causes of air pressure differences: The ones you can't control are wind pressure and the stack...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

...moisture directly to the bed. Certainly an efficient way to grow, keyhole gardens can be constructed with many different materials as a quick Google search of t...

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 ...