How Wind Washing Affects HVAC

• • building envelope, Construction methods, rainscreen

Did you know that wind washing is likely the cause of that cold patch in your customer’s kitchen or that drafty area in their upstairs hall? Homeowners need to count on you – their HVAC professional – to know how to deal with these problems. Wind warnings have blown across North America this fall, prompting […]

Primex launches new product series of Surface Mount Wall Vents

• • building envelope, HVAC, Press Release, Product Announcement

August 10, 2016, Vancouver, B.C. Canada – Primex announces the much anticipated launch of a new product series of surface mount (SM) wall vents for use with single family homes, townhouses and three to four story multi-residential wood frame residential buildings. The SM wall vents are easy to install, made from high-grade materials, UV-protected and […]

Why Passive House is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world

• • building envelope, Construction methods, technology focus

In earlier blog posts about net-zero homes and super-insulated wall construction we touched on the Passivhaus concept. With the upcoming 20th International Passive House Conference, in Darmstadt, Germany, from April 22-23, 2016, it’s an ideal time to take a closer look at this housing standard. As you may have guessed, Passivhaus is German for passive […]

How to Choose the Right Wall Cap

• • building envelope, HVAC, product focus, rainscreen, vents

Venting through walls is often the easiest way to intake fresh air or exhaust fumes from a house. But making any hole in the exterior can compromise the integrity of the building envelope. To prevent the entry of water and stop air leaks, use a strong and watertight wall cap. Wall caps can be manufactured […]

What is a Net Zero Home?

• • building envelope, Construction methods, Cooling, Heating

There’s been a lot of talk lately about net-zero energy (NZE) homes but what exactly are they? The idea is they generate enough energy to offset the amount they use. But most homes are unable to produce that much, so most of the equation is based on energy conservation. This means the house must be […]

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Primex Exhibiting at the OBEC Buildings for Tomorrow

• • building envelope, Tradeshows

Primex is proud to be exhibiting at the Ontario Building Council (OBEC) Buildings for Tomorrow Conference in Toronto, October 28-30. Visit Primex at booth 57/58 to learn more about how Primex rainscreen vents protect a building envelope. Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology provides a forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of practical […]

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Building envelope key to protecting wood frame mid-rises

• • building envelope, Construction methods, rainscreen

As Ontario builders prepare for the opportunity to create wood-frame six-storey mid-rises, building envelopes should be carefully considered and protected.Starting next year, the province will join B.C. by allowing taller wood structures in its building code.  Wood has proven to be a safe and reliable material in these applications, but protecting that wood framing will prove vital […]

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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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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 […]

Six Reasons Plastic is Perfect for HVAC Vents and Hoods

• • building envelope, HVAC, vents

When it comes to choosing HVAC intake/exhaust vents for your next construction project, you will likely be comparing the options in metal and plastic.  So, which material is the better choice?  In recent years, new plastic technologies have created some significant advantages.  Here are six of them:     Weather resistance and durability Outdoor vent covers […]

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Why Your Building Envelope Needs Breathing Room

• • building envelope, rainscreen

At its most basic level, a home provides shelter. It helps keep a family dry in the rain, warm in the winter and shaded from the summer sun. A home’s ability to offer a healthy and controlled living space is in many ways its most important task. So just what is it that protects a […]