Tag Archives: building envelope

September 24, 2018

Why upgrades to HVAC systems are the first steps to energy efficiency

In HVAC, the conversation about energy efficiency never ends. For installers, the challenge is to meet the highest efficiency standards within their customers’ budgets. This means ensuring that every installation includes outdoor components like roof vents and wall caps that protect the building envelope, and, determining whether your customer needs new equipment or a system […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
July 30, 2018

How to prepare a home before a storm hits

As we all bake in the summer heat, it’s easy to accept the reality of global climate change. Besides the warmer temperatures, the increase in sea levels and ocean temperatures caused by climate change are causing an increase in the frequency and intensity of storms. Most HVAC equipment is already designed to be tough and […]

HVAC, Installer Tips
November 27, 2017

How walls and windows contribute to an energy-efficient home

Your customers probably don’t worry about the integrity of their building envelope, but they might about their energy bills. When you’re installing a new HVAC system or performing maintenance tasks, consider the need for efficient wall vents or windows. How do windows and wall systems support a healthy building envelope and an energy-efficient home? The […]

Rainscreen, Ventilation
November 14, 2017

Why air exchange is important in balancing HVAC systems

When their furnace breaks down your customers will call you, their trusted HVAC technician. But what if there’s a problem with ventilation and new wall caps are needed? Can homeowners recognize an HVAC-related issue without your help? That’s why it’s up to you to calculate air exchange when you balance their HVAC system. Most systems […]

Installer Tips, Ventilation
October 30, 2017

Why roof and gutters matter for an energy-efficient home

Your customers want their HVAC system to be efficient, and they look to their installer to make that happen. That’s why you need to understand all of the components of an energy-efficient home, especially an airtight building envelope. Snow, wind, rain, and hail pose a major threat to the integrity of your customer’s building envelope, […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
October 17, 2016

How to protect your siding with rainscreen

When your customers choose siding for their homes, they balance aesthetics, cost and maintenance with energy efficiency and ease of installation. From an HVAC point of view, your primary concern is how their decision impacts the heating and cooling properties of a building. A major factor in the siding impact is whether there is a […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Rainscreen
September 12, 2016

HVAC for Multiple Dwelling Units

When you’re consulting on a big project like installing HVAC in multiple dwelling units (MDU), you need to know all of the factors at play. The biggest consideration with MDU is whether to install a central system or to take a compartmentalized approach and install HVAC into individual units. If your customer is looking for […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
January 26, 2016

How to Choose the Right Wall Cap

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 […]

HVAC, Rainscreen, Ventilation
February 11, 2015

How to choose between a roof, soffit or wall vent

Arguably the most important part of a building is the roof. It must protect the residential or commercial structure from precipitation and temperature extremes. This makes most installers a little nervous – if not reluctant – to mess with the integrity of a building’s top surface by adding vents. Not only does every new hole […]

Construction Methods, Rainscreen, Ventilation
October 20, 2014

Primex Exhibiting at the OBEC Buildings for Tomorrow

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 […]

Tradeshows
October 15, 2014

Building envelope key to protecting wood frame mid-rises

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 […]

Construction Methods, Rainscreen
September 29, 2014

Advice from rainscreen experts on new installs

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 […]

Construction Methods, HVAC, Rainscreen
September 8, 2014

What every homebuilder needs to know about radon

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. […]

Construction Methods, HVAC
September 2, 2014

Don’t let a wall cap destroy your rainscreen

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 […]

Construction Methods, Rainscreen
August 25, 2014

History proves the power of a rainscreen

On British Columbia’s west coast, rainscreened buildings have become the norm over the past 20 years.  Builders have installed thousands of them, after they became mandatory in the building code in the late 1990s.  In other parts of North America, this type of sealed building envelope may still seem new and unproven, but if you […]

Construction Methods
August 18, 2014

How rainscreens solved B.C.’s leaky condo crisis

The 1980’s and 90’s were a dark era for B.C. homebuilders. Business was strong as condos were popping up all over the south coast.  It should have been nothing but good news for the construction industry. Unfortunately, changes in the province’s building code allowed condos to be built using designs better suited to the desert […]

Construction Methods
June 23, 2014

Why Your Building Envelope Needs Breathing Room

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 […]

HVAC, Rainscreen, Ventilation