Walls that dry / Guides

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...walls and interior condensation due to thermal bridging. A durable wall is energy-efficient and airtight, with an airspace between wall structures and exterior cladding to allow walls to dry and allow us to Install windows and doors correctly . The reason we make that connection between durability and efficiency is t...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...walls are the used stalks of grains, so they are generally 100% recycled and act as carbon storage so this will significantly reduce the overall ecological impact of your home. Method and form : Traditionally it’s been done as stacked bale walls that are then covered in mud, and now prefab straw panels are beginn...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...drying © Brian Blak Reclaiming materials not only saves money and natural resources, it inspires others to do the same. So build green, and show it off. If you have a tree that has to come down but you have no room to mill, there are tree salvage companies that will ensure it ends up as building materials rather ...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...that will help to regenerate the environment and advance research and innovation on global sustainability challenges. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one of only a handful of buildings worldwide that will provide “net positive” benefits to the environment. It reduces UBC ’s carbon emis...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...that mineral paint for refinishing exterior brick costs about double that of a standard can of interior paint. If you are seeking a quote from a professional to paint a brick house, be sure that they are price-quoting using a breathable paint or you will be back at it in as little as a few years. So that covers how t...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...walls. Sometimes walls in mechanical areas aren't finished so see if there is any place you can get a look at what might be going on behind the drywall. Learn about durable basement construction here. Potential for flooding: There are a few factors that will affect risk here - soil type, topography, landscape design,...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...that global average temperatures have risen, and they’re projected to rise further. And a warmer atmosphere – even by a degree or two overall – makes for less predictable precipitation patterns and more intense storms. That’s why I prefer the term ‘climate disruption’ rather than ‘climate change’. However, we’re gettin...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...dry, it is important to ensure bathroom fans, kitchen stove hoods and dryer vents are properly vented to the outside. If vents go up through your attic, be sure they aren't leaking, or more importantly that they aren't simply vented into the attic space, which does happen. Basement mold & mildew prevention That mus...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...that most often alerts home owners that a problem exists is a wet patch in the drywall on the edge of ceilings or the top of walls during the spring thaw. Most homeowners assume they have a roof problem like a leak, that maybe their roof covering has been damaged over winter, but it probably isn't if the problem wasn't...

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

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...dry interiors, the vapour drive reverses and can force moist air inwards through your insulation where it can condense on a cold and impermeable 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 possible without s...

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

Choosing safe paints

...That’s a ‘ healthy alternative’ the same way that low-tar cigarettes are. So yes, they are 'healthier', but still dangerous. Zero VOC paints are commonly available now and come in all colours. Keep in mind that the pigments added to colour your paint will often contain VOCs so ask about that as well. You will likely ...