Vapour barrier / Guides

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...vapour barrier, then a thick layer of insulation . Exterior vapour barrier construction is a simple practice and an excellent one, but it behaves very different...

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

Choosing safe paints

...vapours. This is important - not all respirators are the same, some are specific to dust particles and won’t offer complete protection from vapours. If you ar...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...vapour barrier when installed with multiple layers and offset joints as it will not absorb moisture from the ground. • Building on high ground eliminates any ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...vapour barrier, preventing air movement and controlling water movement. The interior finish is done with veneer plywood sheets that make for a very attractive c...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...vapour barrier. The greater the differential in temperature between inside and out, the greater the concern. Negative air pressure in houses in winter will dr...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...vapour barrier inside and the air barrier outside is vapour open while offering amazing water resistance (allowing any humidity that might find its way into the...

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

...barrier: OSB with SIGA air barrier tapes Tyvek® water-resistive barrier in rain screen Passive House Windows : Internorm ThermoPassiv sourced through Northw...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...vapour barrier , where it isn't necessarily doing that great a job anyway. Using old containers as the launching pad of a home building project locks up huge am...

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...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...vapour barriers became a part of the building envelope shortly thereafter. Vapour barriers stopped the flow of moist air through walls, this of course led to ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...vapour barriers on basement walls; this will trap moisture and cause rot and mold in basements. Resilient wall construction: Moisture in its various forms...