Moisture / Guides

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...moisture, and the resulting chemical compound protects the wood. Cedar and larch are local, very durable and resistant to rot. This process can also be done w...

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 ©...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...moisture damage than solid timber used for framing and structural elements, for example Polyethylene vapor barriers in combination with OSB & air conditioning i...

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 ...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...moisture from interior exhaust air before it is ejected. This helps keep indoor humidity at more comfortable levels, along with retaining the added heat energy ...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...moisture retention mat, and maximizing the depth of the growing medium to increase water storage. People: Because the green roof would be publicly accessibl...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...moisture there is in the sponge, the harder you'll have to squeeze. So, the colder the air is, the more energy it takes to squeeze the heat out. The average C...

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...