OSB as vapour barrier / Guides

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

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...vapour barrier. Ideally we'd have no vapour barrier in summer; but short of that we should at least have one that allows as much drying to the interior as pos...

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?

...vapour permeability and low water retention, such as mineral fibre." Where to put vapour barriers (CMHC): "Materials that act as vapour barriers (vapour ret...

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

What is an air barrier?

...as air barriers are drywall, sheathing, insulation, house wrap, even the polyethylene we normally install as a vapour barrier can act as an effective air barrie...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...barrier, but can have many air barriers. A vapor barrier can act as a very effective air barrier, but an air barrier does not (and should not) always stop vapor...

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

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...as a vapour barrier, and can be used as such on the interior. [Here's an example of how osb can be used as a vapor barrier] So you need to look at the wall as...

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

...barriers in wall assemblies in all but the coldest of climates, or at least change their location within the wall assembly. Putting a plastic vapour barrier...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...vapour control layer, or vapor barrier : Although commonly known as a 'vapour barrier' a better term to use would be a vapour retarder. A moisture control bar...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

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

...vapour barrier was installed on the inner surface of the inner wall. This meant that all electrical boxes had to be sealed to the air / vapour barrier and the b...

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

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...OSB] taped and primed with the OSB as the air and vapour barrier . 2x4 service cavity wall insulated with blown fiberglass with a binder, then completed with ...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...vapour barriers, for example) are now more commonly keeping them wet. We have grown to rely heavily on caulking - often referred to as 'liquid carpenter' - as a...

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

...as well as a straight-forward downpour, in addition to being as Eco-Friendly as possible in the process. Preventing Water Leaks from Windows & Doors One thi...