Weather barriers / Guides

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Weather barriers - what they do and how to install them

...barriers or WRBs, sometimes weather-resistive barriers, but in practical terms they are more commonly called housewraps and weather barriers. With so many optio...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...barriers and vapor barriers is to prevent moisture from forming at that critical point, they just do it in completely different ways. Vapor barriers The rul...

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?

...barriers in the form of 6 mil poly vapor barriers , exterior weather resistant barriers (WRBs) , tapes and caulking etc, so the cost doesn’t really go up much. ...

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

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...Weather Barriers, Rainscreen & Vapor barriers here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

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

...weather barriers into place and taping them down, install window flashings that will safely direct any incidental water safely onto your weather barrier/drainag...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...weather barriers from deterioration while looking beautiful, effortlessly. Siding Products, further reading: Air spaces and drainage planes: how to inst...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...weather events in cold months routinely drive residents from their homes for lack of power and heat. Homes that are better situated to retain heat can offer gre...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...weather elements, and its job is to allow interior control layers (ie. the building envelope) to do their jobs without being assaulted by wind, precipitation an...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows, what causes foggy & wet windows, is it a problem & how to stop it?

...barriers, see here . This is why it’s so very important to carefully seal air-barriers in homes , paying special attention to joins and breaks in the membrane...

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?

...barriers (CMHC): "Materials that act as vapour barriers (vapour retarders), including certain types of insulation, must be located within the assembly so that...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...weather event or power outage, there can be a general feeling that it is just par for the course and there was little a home builder could have done to protect ...

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