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Advice from rainscreen experts on new installs

• • building envelope, Construction methods, product focus

For many North American construction companies, rainscreens still represent a bit of a mystery. Finding experts in the field can be a challenge, but they do exist.  In places like coastal Oregon and British Columbia, thousands of sealed building envelopes have been created with a breathable, capillary gap beneath the siding to allow water to drain […]

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Mid-rise wood frame construction makes sense for Ontario

• • Construction methods, News, safety

Expected changes to Ontario’s building code could spike wood frame construction.  Builders will be allowed to create mid-rise six-storey structures from wood.  Currently, they are limited to four storeys.  It’s a change that was implemented in British Columbia five years ago, and could soon deliver some major construction advantages in Canada’s most populated province. The big benefit […]

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What you need to know about rainscreen codes

• • building envelope, Construction methods, rainscreen

Coastal areas of British Columbia and Oregon remain among the few places in North America where building codes require the installation of rainscreens.  Their designs are often left up to the engineers or construction professionals installing them.  Still, it’s important to keep in mind the lessons learned in jurisdictions like B.C. over the past 15 to […]

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What every homebuilder needs to know about radon

• • Construction methods, health focus, safety

Did you know radon is a threat all homebuilders should be aware of?  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, and is present at dangerous levels in thousands of homes across North America.  Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally as part of the decay process of minerals found in the ground. […]

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Don’t let a wall cap destroy your rainscreen

• • Construction methods, product focus

Rainscreens are a great way to protect homes from the elements, but even the best engineered systems can be compromised when you start cutting holes in walls.  Things like windows and vent caps create spots where water can seep behind the membrane inside a rainscreened wall. Careful installation is vital to keeping moisture on the […]