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Installing soundproofing batts in interior partition walls
Insulation and soundproofing

Soundproofing interior walls-video

...walls. In this way, smaller homes can give the illusion of greater distances between living spaces and bedrooms. For the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , we installed soundproofing batts in the interior partitions and for the mechanical room, we added soundproofing batts along with resilient channels and 2 layers o...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...walls disintegrating before your eyes. Lath and plaster walls were what came before drywall - and there's a reson why drywall replaced it Natural mud finish walls Natural finished walls with mud and natural earth pigments is another beautiful, healthy, sustainable…if extremely labor intensive… building meth...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...walls or even as outdoor furniture. They can also be covered with dirt and used to introduce plants. Of course, over time, nature will supply many varieties to fill the structure if you don’t get in first. Gabion retaining walls in modern architecture Gabion walls in modern architect-designed homes Gabion w...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...walls here : Choosing a house wrap, which is best? How to choose between OSB and Plywood sheathing for Walls The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers How to install siding so walls can dry How to install windows properly in high-performance walls Find more about green h...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...walls? Very little, other than removing dead leaves on occasion, and adding additional nutrients approximately every 4 months or so. Do living green walls use a lot of energy? Due to the short duration and frequency of the irrigation cycle our walls use minimal electricity. Are living green walls noisy? Any a...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...walls, regardless of whether you choose OSB or Plywood sheathing for the outside, take a look at the EcoHome Guide on Which Timber to use for Home Construction here Or, learn how to use Dense-packed cellulose insulation in double stud walls correctly here And for amusement purposes, here is how plywood is actually ...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...walls or floor, will of course vary by region. To draw the most sensible conclusions, designers should conduct specific energy modelling and make key decisions based on balancing performance. Homeowners, when having a home built or when renovating, need to decide what is most important to them – home size, decor and st...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...walls looking warped. Air space behind correctly installed siding for drying and drainage © Ecohome Can you keep water and moisture out of walls? Some of the things we do that were originally intended to keep walls dry (polyethylene vapour barriers, for example) are now more commonly keeping...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...walls. Does interstitial condensation cause damage? Yes, interstitial condensation can lead to damage in homes, the moisture deposited in walls or roofs can lead to rot, mold and hidden structural damage. Just like dry rot, Interstitial condensation can be difficult to diagnose due to the fact that it’s hard to...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...walls. It insulates as well if not better than the average batt (R3.5-3.8/inch), and slows air flow through walls making your house cheaper and easier to heat and cool. In addition, the high density of packed cellulose provides you with a better sound barrier than batt insulation (1). Modern CFI production began in t...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...walls. It is a popular wall assembly for Passive House Certification as with attention to detail on air sealing it can result in an extremely energy efficient house. The typical design involves a standard code "tried & tested" traditional stick-framed wall with 2x6s and batt insulation in the cavities, covered with...