Embracing Ventilation: The Unsung Hero of HVAC Efficiency

In our fifth installment of our series on HVAC, we focus on the 'V' in HVAC—ventilation. This unsung hero plays a pivotal role in not only ensuring our homes are comfortable but safeguarding their health and air quality.As always, we are delighted to collaborate with Jake DeWerth, a seasoned HVAC Design & Building Performance Expert from [...]

By |April 8th, 2024|Building Science|Comments Off on Embracing Ventilation: The Unsung Hero of HVAC Efficiency

Designing HVAC Distribution Systems for New Homes: A Practical Guide

Welcome to the fourth installment in our series on HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) design for high-performance homes and buildings. We are delighted to collaborate with Jake DeWerth, a seasoned HVAC Design & Building Performance Expert from Florida, for this in-depth series.When building a new home, getting the HVAC distribution system right is more [...]

By |February 23rd, 2024|Building Science, Residential|Comments Off on Designing HVAC Distribution Systems for New Homes: A Practical Guide

The Art of HVAC Sizing: Mastering Manual S for Optimal Performance

In the third installment of our HVAC design series, we delve into the intricacies of sizing and selecting HVAC equipment - a sophisticated HVAC design stage this is often misunderstood. To write this article we have consulted with Jake DeWerth, an HVAC Design & Building Performance Expert from Florida. Understanding a “Ton” in HVAC A [...]

By |December 18th, 2023|Building Science|Comments Off on The Art of HVAC Sizing: Mastering Manual S for Optimal Performance

5 Different Methods to Support “Innie” Windows

Throughout the design and construction phases of a project not often enough or at all does the question arise, “where should the window be placed in the depth of the rough opening”? Joseph Lstiburek has often noted windows are a “pain”, well that may be true, the project team still needs to determine if [...]

By |November 30th, 2023|Building Science, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5 Different Methods to Support “Innie” Windows

Importance of a Drained & Ventilated Rainscreen Behind Cladding

The simple explanation that describes the function of an exterior wall assembly is that it separates the exterior environment from the interior environment. To perform this “simple function” the assembly must control heat flow, control air flow, control water vapor flow, control rain penetration, control light, solar and other radiation, control noise, control fire, [...]

By |August 16th, 2023|Building Science, Residential|Comments Off on Importance of a Drained & Ventilated Rainscreen Behind Cladding

With 1,000 Net-Zero Ready Homes Built (In Canada), What Have We Learned?

Over the past 5+ years, 1,000+ Net-Zero (NZ) and Net-Zero-Ready (NZR) homes have been built in Canada under the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Net Zero Home Program. And with that sample size, and with energy codes are trending toward the Net Zero Ready benchmark, it’s time to ask ourselves – what have we learned? [...]

By |May 19th, 2023|Building Science|Comments Off on With 1,000 Net-Zero Ready Homes Built (In Canada), What Have We Learned?

The Difference Between a Radon Barrier and a Gas Permeable Layer (And How Our Engineered Insulation Products Help Achieve Both)

Logix Brands offer two engineered insulation products that help mitigate Radon ingress into homes and buildings: Halo Subterra Plus and Heat-Sheet Heavy. However, the functions of these two products are vastly different. Subterra Plus is a superior radon barrier alternative to 6-mil poly, whereas Heat-Sheet Heavy is a more effective gas permeable layer than [...]

By |April 12th, 2023|Building Science|Comments Off on The Difference Between a Radon Barrier and a Gas Permeable Layer (And How Our Engineered Insulation Products Help Achieve Both)

Wall to Roof Transitions and How to Effectively Maintain the Four Control Layers

In a previous Logix Brands blog post “Transition Details at Grade” were reviewed and one finding was that failures often don’t occur in the field of a wall, roof or the foundation, but rather at the transition from one control layer or material to another control layer or material (i.e. air control layer from [...]

By |December 13th, 2022|Building Science|Comments Off on Wall to Roof Transitions and How to Effectively Maintain the Four Control Layers

A Quick Overview Of The Functions of the Four Control Layers In A Building Envelope

Buildings need a lot of things to be successful. As Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D. from Building Science Corporation would say, “What we call things tell us a great deal about how much we understand things. If we don’t call things by their right names, we don’t really understand how things work. If we don’t understand [...]

By |November 28th, 2022|Building Science|Comments Off on A Quick Overview Of The Functions of the Four Control Layers In A Building Envelope

The Building Science Behind: How Exterior Continuous Insulation (ci) Can Help to Manage Condensation in Above Grade Wall Assemblies

Adding exterior continuous insulation such as, Halo® Exterra®, to an above grade wall assembly helps to keep the air behind the foam board insulation at a higher temperature. The benefit of air at a higher temperature means it can hold more moisture. This attribute is clearly illustrated when reviewing various air temperatures and the [...]

By |July 16th, 2022|Building Science|Comments Off on The Building Science Behind: How Exterior Continuous Insulation (ci) Can Help to Manage Condensation in Above Grade Wall Assemblies
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