What is the most durable wall / Guides

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...What is the most durable wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is the most affordable wall? That is just ...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...is is what is referred to as the 'belt and suspenders' approach. As the overall goal is to slow the migration of air through your wall, each additional air barr...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...They are too labour-intensive and therefore expensive. They can't handle the humid climate. The risk of water damage during construction is too great. They look...

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

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...The most durable tapes on the market contain no such solvents, so they actually do the job they were intended to do. They won't come cheap, but they work. Fin...

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?

...the sheathing warmer, and there is no question that that reduces the chance of condensation forming inside walls. In modern times, this is known as the REMOTE w...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...the edge of the rim joist that is bolted into the wall. Squares of self-sealing elastomeric membrane can be placed behind the joist in contact with the wall in ...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...There is a misconception that heat rises (hot air rises, but heat travels evenly in all directions) so a lot more heat is lost to the ground than most people wo...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...what exactly they will provide, to avoid any conflicts during the build. JP - What are some mistakes people make that cause them to to miss their budget tar...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...is the answer to not insulate? No, there isn't enough energy for that. Is the answer to not use composite wood materials? No, there aren't enough tr...

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

...the shims. Put the screw either just above or below, then remove the shims when the window is secured. Shims will offer little insulation value, and are most li...

Real estate

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

...istent overhangs. The bigger the overhang the less rain will hit your house. This can extend the life of siding and help walls dry out quicker. Are there roof...