Rainscreen / Guides

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

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

...rainscreen. Non-adhesive rainscreen © Ecohome There are many different potential wall assemblies, and many products with different characteristics that can be used in different cases. For the sake of simplicity and not getting off on a bunch of tangents, in this article we will stick with the bread and butter w...

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

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...Rainscreen & Vapor barriers here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...rainscreen: To protect the exterior surfaces of your home from damage caused by precipitation and groundwater. An air control layer, or air barrier membrane: To slow the movement of air through wall assemblies, preventing heat loss and moisture damage caused by condensation in walls. A thermal control layer, or...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...rainscreen just keeping precipitation away from the control layers of the wall – your thermal, air and vapor barriers. Warm air rises, so there is always more air pressure at the higher points of any house or building, as in the top floor ceiling. And air will find any hole no matter how small it is. Wind pressure as...

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

...rainscreen 16’’ Larsen truss wall system clad with 1x8 board sheathing and filled with dense pack cellulose insulation , designed by Southern Exposure, provides a thermal bridge-free building envelope that is fast to assemble with minimal work on staging. It keeps the insulation in the same plane as the foundation in...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

Which is the best caulk or sealant? Finding the right caulking, and better still finding non-toxic caulk for sealing windows or doors, first requires identifying the exact type you need, which means choosing the right caulking for different surfaces and substrates. Hang on tight because discussing the various chemic...