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 ...

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

...the panel, and when the ‘snap track’ is removed the metal rail is exposed. From there you can screw it to a stud wall or into masonry, then you replace the snap...

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...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...their own characteristics. The following is a life-cycle comparison conducted by the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (ASMI) of the materials only, and do...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...the movement of moisture. What is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall efficiency of a building is the embodied energy of the materials...

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...

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...

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...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...most of Canada and other cold climates is the ability to stay warm in the event of a power outage, and there are numerous ways to achieve this. That would most ...

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...