Canadian wood-frame house construction by John Burrows

By John Burrows

The knowledge during this booklet is predicated at the most present learn effects on hand to CMHC and has been reviewed by means of housing specialists. Readers are instructed to guage the data, fabrics and methods conscientiously and to refer to applicable expert assets to figure out classes of motion appropriate for his or her occasions.

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A sheathing membrane is installed over the exterior sheathing to prevent inward migration of water that penetrates beyond the cladding. The membrane should also allow vapour that has migrated from the conditioned space to dissipate to the exterior. The functions performed by various materials in the building envelope are described in the following sections. See Chapter 5 for more information on this topic. ) forms a first plane of protection and is detailed to limit the amount of water that gets past it.

CURING CONCRETE Newly placed concrete must be cured for a set period of time to allow the concrete to achieve its potential strength, water tightness and durability, and to minimize cracking. To cure, concrete must be kept damp and within a limited temperature range. Wall forms should be left in place for at least three days to retain moisture for proper curing, and longer if possible. After the forms have been removed, the curing should continue at least another day if the concrete temperature is kept above 21°C (70°F), and for another three days if the concrete temperature is kept between 10°C (50°F) and 21°C (70°F).

For example, the 2012 Interim Changes to the 2010 National Building Code have minimum requirements 1 for insulation levels intended to make Canadian houses more energy efficient. However, it might be cost effective to provide higher levels of insulation and reduce heating and cooling costs over the service life of a house. Sustainable housing is founded on five fundamental principles shown in Figure 1. These principles should be considered at the design stage when options can be easily assessed and revised.

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