Weather barriers / Guides

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

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...weather barriers and rainscreens play in a wall, choosing the right products and installation tips for optimum performance. They're officially known as water-resistive barriers or WRBs, sometimes weather-resistive barriers, but in practical terms they are more commonly called housewraps and weather barriers. With so ...

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

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...barriers should be getting a lot more attention than they are. Discover alternative air barriers such as interior sheathing with OSB as an air & vapor barrier for homes , exterior air barrier membranes , how to choose and install WRBs (weather resistant barriers) , and all about sustainable and energy efficient home ...

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

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. All you need to do to improve the air seal is take your time and be a bit more careful, and what’s the point of taping the joints of a membrane if you don’t do ...

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/drainage plane. Don't attach windows by putting screws through the shims. Put the screw either just above or below, then remove the shims when the window is secured....

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...weather barrier. Exterior peel and stick weather barrier / air barrier on a LEED V4 Platinum airtight house Even the house wrap you select will make a difference in performance and durability, see our page on choosing the best weather barrier for a house . Now that your walls are super-insulated and airtight,...

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 install siding so it can dry Building science basics: how to design durable walls From the EcoHome Green Building Guides - in North America's favorite S...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...barriers are an above grade solution intended to allow walls to dry to the exterior, that is impossible below grade. The only drying that will take place below grade will be inwards. Building scientists agree that polyethylene vapour barriers on the inside of basement walls dooms them to failure. The source of moistu...

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 moisture moving from the inside to the outside does not condense and accumulate within the assembly. This means that vapour barriers should be located on the w...

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 your home. That is not often the case - and it really is becoming important to prepare for things to get worse as Climate Change accelerates. If in any doubt, d...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...BARRIERS FOR SLAB ON GRADE: Install anchor bolts and lateral insulating panels and then the center panels. Next, cut around the plumbing system and mechanical equipment. Ensure that there are no gaps in the insulation, even in problem areas. Install a polyethylene air / vapour barrier over the entire insulation...