Airtight & Weatherproof

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Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

Caulk, caulking, silicone, sealant - the gooey stuff in a tube used to seal windows, doors and to fill the gaps in buildings, comes in all different types - some of which usually gets on your clothes! Here we look at which caulk is best. Which is the best caulk or sealant? Finding the right caulking, and better…

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?


A blower door test identifies air leakage in a home; you can find and fix those air leaks for a more airtight, mold & rot-free and energy-efficient sustainable green home. What is a blower door test? Blower door tests are becoming part of many State and Provincial mandatory building codes - the new BC Energy Step…

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

Aerobarrier is a non-toxic acrylic spray that quickly and affordably seals air leaks in attics and homes. We cannot overstate the importance of airtightness in homes and attic rooms. A proper air barrier reduces heat loss in winter, overheating in summer, and prevents moisture build up in walls which can lead to…

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays

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

Weather barriers (or more accurately water-resistive barriers) keep bulk water away from vulnerable building components and allow walls to dry at the same time. A technical guide to understanding the role weather barriers and rainscreens play in a wall, choosing the right products and installation tips for optimum…

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

Odds are that at any given time the air pressure in a house is out of balance & either drawing air in or forcing it out. Learn the causes, the effects & the solutions for air leakage in homes & why it's important. Air Tightness in Houses - All about Balancing Air Pressure in the Home We go on incessantly here about…

Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

墙体的热损失和水分损失很大一部分是由于漏风造成的。在Ecohome YouTube频道观看更多绿色建筑视频Ecohome演示房屋有一个透气性外部空气屏障,ACH率为0.69,比一般新房密闭性高很多倍。Air…

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

3/4 inch OSB sheathing on the interior can be an excellent air barrier and a great vapour barrier as well. There has been a steady evolution in the way we build homes over the last couple of decades, and the old standby wall recipe of 2x6s, fiberglass insulation and polyethylene doesn't measure up anymore with…

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system

What is an air barrier?

Approximately 100 times more water vapour is carried into our walls by air leakage than is carried by vapour diffusion. That makes air barriers 100 times more important than vapour barriers, so why is no one talking about them. Approximately 100 times more water vapor is carried into our walls by air leakage than is…

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

Vapor retarder latex based primers can be twice as effective as the requirements laid out in many building codes regarding vapor barriers requirements. Vapor Barriers in walls, why polyethylene can be problematic It would probably surprise many home builders to hear what really causes moisture accumulation in walls…

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

房子会不会太密封?不,它不能。空气屏障和蒸汽屏障之间的区别经常被混淆。同样困惑的,是哪一个更重要。The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers The job of a vapor barrier is to prevent vapor diffusion, and the job of an air barrier is to…

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

The energy efficiency of your home is greatly affected by doors and windows, so choose well. Here are some tips about what to look for and what to avoid. Material choices for window frames: Window frames can be made from a variety of materials offering different levels of performance and insulation values. Air in…


How do I seal the air barrier at the top of the exterior wall?

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Does strapping’s nailing jeopardize membrane integrity?

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How to air seal & ventilate a partial gut reno of a 1901 house?

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