Sealing / Guides

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...sealing with Aerobarrier for renovations: This is a relatively simple solution to air sealing an old home that is being put through an extensive energy retrofit, where leaks can be extensive and inaccessible. The house first needs to be prepped and treated in the same way as you would for a spray-painting job therefo...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

There is a plethora of home improvement shows demonstrating how easy it is to buy, renovate and flip a house, and make some easy coin in the process. And when there is insulating to be done, it often seems people gravitate towards spray foam insulation. Why is that? Well, it works - at least in some ways. Spray foam...

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?

...sealing tape for installing windows in some of our previous green home projects and found not only was specialized joint tape cleaner, but it did a better job at air sealing. Watch our DIY how to install windows properly video to see more. What is caulking best for? As a general rule, exterior caulking prevents moi...

LEED Homes

LEED project eligibility

...sealing the entire building envelope. Additions that are not registered from the start of building process. Multi units over 6 floors. Mixed use where more than 50% of the area is commercial. * Multi-housing projects of 6 stories and over can be certified under the Mid-Rise LEED for Homes program with the U...

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

...sealing that lasts If we were talking about sealing a Boat we wouldn't have to stress the point, trust us, without properly installed and sealed windows and doors, your home's performance is also sunk! Further reading for water & air sealing & building envelope permeability in homes: Find out All about Air & ...

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

...sealing washer in the cup on the end. Step 8 - fitting the new tap sealing washer to the faucet mechanism Helpful tip: find a heavy guage steel washer that is bigger than your faucet sealing washer, and check the rubber washer for irregularities on the edge before fitting. When I got to this stage and tried to get ...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...Sealing is simple and does no harm. Are service penetrations sealed? Plumbing and air supply ducts might provide easy paths for sound, either around the edges because of inadequate sealing or by transmission along the inside of the duct. Factors affecting sound attenuation: In cavity wall and floor construction...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...sealing it, you would reduce the amount of moisture in the air. If your crawlspace access is inconsistent and you can only hope to do 80% of it, do it anyway; you will notice a very big difference. The 6 mil poly is far from being a complete crawlspace solution, but we’re putting that out there so as not to leave tho...

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?

...sealing ventilation openings in the LEED Platinum Edelweiss House How do you do a blower door test? There is no DIY blower door YouTube video to watch; you will need to hire a professional to do it. It starts with all the windows and doors being properly closed, at which point your home is depressurized using a l...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...sealing cutting boards or butcher-block counters , not to mention children’s toys - despite being inedible, they usually end up in young mouths anyway. Non-toxic wood finishing oil can even be used on childrens toys © Livos Kunos is an impregnating wood oil that acts as a dye, sealant ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Sealing: Edelweiss incorporated very careful attention to detail in designing the air sealing for LEED wall system design - as well as using the correct methods for fitting windows and doors very tightly within the LEED and Passive House designed walls . Canada's first LEED platinum V4 certified home - The Edelwe...