Vapour barrier paint / Guides

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...barrier. The purpose of the two barriers should not be confused - the job of the vapour barrier is to control vapour diffusion, the job of the air barrier is to...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...vapour barrier. Notice the difference between the studs against the foundation and the studs that formed an interior division wall; the vapour barrier did not p...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...vapour barrier primer © Benjamin Moore Interior gypsum board: Latex paint ( or vapour retarder primer ) is recomended as an interior vapour control la...

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...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...barriers on basement insulation will rot your walls " We put vapour barriers in basement wall assemblies to keep moisture from getting into them, as if they d...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...paint; 2x4 stud wall at 24 centres as wiring chase, with mineral wool batts R 14; polyethylene air/vapour barrier; 2x8 stud wall at 24" centres with miner...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...paint. There are many safer alternatives on the market now than the toxic paints we used to apply to our walls. For more information see our pages on safer pain...

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

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

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...vapours. If you are concerned with lead paint in your walls, once it is painted over with a lead-free paint, it is sealed inside and relatively harmless. Unle...

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...