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Interior sheathing wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour barrier

...air barrier and vapour barrier. Taped OSB sheathing as air barrier © Durfeld Constructors There is no question that this technique also presents...

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

What is an air barrier?

...barriers, so why is no one talking about them? We don't talk about air barriers because we are too busy talking about vapour barriers. An air barrier is no...

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?

...OSB as an air and vapour barrier on the inside of walls - see here Plywood is better than OSB for subfloors: Despite its common use as such, we don't ...

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

Weather barriers - what they do and how to install them

...air sealing. Manufacturers will rightly claim their products are a suitable choice for an air barrier, and they most certainly are. The failure of weather barri...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...airtight, they don't dry as easily, and common building practices trap moisture inside wall assemblies. Be careful not to confuse Air barriers with Vapor barrie...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient home in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home

...Air barrier: OSB with SIGA air barrier tapes Tyvek® water-resistive barrier in rain screen Windows: Internorm ThermoPassiv sourced through Northwin Wind...

Harold Orr, one of the early innovators of high performance Passive home design
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...Air lock entry at the doors. With an air tight building an air lock is not really of much value, the whole house acts as a air lock and air doesn't blow though ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope

...airtight and, most importantly, air conditioned. There is also much more understanding of how buildings work and why they fail . If a home will be air cond...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...barrier) ) . A well-ventilated air space between sheathing and cladding is an important part of the strategy needed to allow walls to shed moisture in all seaso...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...air barrier 4) Mesh barrier for cellulose installation 5) Wood studs and cellulose fibre insulation 6) Semi-permeable foam 7) Drainage plane...

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

...Air & Vapour Barriers in High Performance Homes - EcoHome Guide Discover the Aerobarrier Home & Attic Air Sealing Spray - EcoHome Guide Replacing Polyet...

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