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Old 02-19-2011, 11:01 AM   #1
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I am adding 2inches of strofoam to the exterior of my home. The walls are 2x4. I want to use tyvek as a air barrier. My question is where do I apply the tyvek. On the walls prior to the styrofoam or after the styrofoam is applied

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1. What type of siding will go on the outside?

2. Type of insulation in cavity?

3. Type of sheathing?

4. Location?

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Bill -

Tyvec is not an air barrier. It is water barrier that allows air to pass through.

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Tyvec is not an air barrier. It is water barrier that allows air to pass through.

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Actually that is wrong. It is an air barrier. Air will not pass through it. It is also a liquid water barrier. What it does allow to pass is water vapor.

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According to the site referenced:

Tyvec "blocks excess water from entering the wall". Excess water is moisture the is free water (liquid state) and not in vapor form. - That sure sounds like a primary moisture barrier which is used in most design standards and codes. The purpose of the primary moisture barrier is to shed water downward to an exit on the EXTERIOR.

Tyvec "allows moisture vapor to pass through the to help the drying of the wall". That means it is not a vapor barrier, but breathes, so the vapor barrier can performed as required, which is on the warm side of the insulation unless the rigid insulation is the vapor barrier.

The reference citation is really non-technical description written for people other than engineers, architects and even code officials.

Just a side note: - there is not such thing as a vapor barrier, but in our loose building codes it is set at an arbitrary level of perms. As an example, the fraction of a mill can reject a material, but there is no reference for the nails penetrations, edge sealing or even uniformity of the material thickness. - It is really just a design concept with a short-hand definition of real performance.

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1. What type of siding will go on the outside?

2. Type of insulation in cavity?

3. Type of sheathing?

4. Location?

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wall will be covered with vynal siding
Wall has fibreglass insulation and is sheeted with 5/16 plywood.
my house is located in Saskatchewan
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Something to think about; http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/...istive-barrier

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My opinion would be to have the building wrap on the very exterior of the building. This way you can properly install the building wrap as a drainage plain also. If you are using foam, you would need to use plastic cap nails to hold the building wrap on.

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