Green living and global warming

Green livingWith time the effects of global warming are becoming more prominent by observing the changes in the weather. The concern keeps looming upon our heads as we keep making progress in each and every field. Scientists and researchers have been trying to reduce the effect of global warming, and green living is one way to go about it. Preserving the environment and the ozone layer has become a top priority in every developed and developing country.

Green living can only be accomplished if the eco friendly appliances and gadgets be used by people. The initiative needs to be taken by every commoner by installing eco friendly appliances at home first. Growing tress and plants is also a way of showing that one wants a better and healthier environment to live in. If people take the global warming issue seriously and act accordingly, we can have a healthier environment in future.

Air barriers: what are those?

Air barriers, hom,e maintenanceAn Air barrier is a device that controls leakage of air out and into an interior and exterior environment of a building. There can be different products of air barriers in different forms; these include;

• Membranes that are mechanically attached and are known as house-wraps, these generally act as moisture barrier.
• Membranes that are self stuck together or adhered to each other which acts as a water resistant and vapor barrier.
• Membranes that work with fluids include the likes of heavy bodied coatings or paints that are polymer based. These sometimes are also asphaltic.
Air barriers can be divided into air barrier accessories, air barrier materials, air barrier components, air barrier systems and air barrier assemblies. All of these have different functional roles to play keeping the basic concept same. At times the air barriers can be permeable by nature because water can fit through tiny pores but other constituents of air cannot.

A detailed account on concrete foundation

concrete foundationDo you want to apply a complete concrete foundation in your house? Well then check out the following steps that will make your task easier. First of all you must decide about the area you want to put the slab and also be sure about the shape and size of it. Digging the area for proper excavation is necessary. Suppose if you are planning to put a 3 inches slab then you must dig the area till 6 inches. Then you must clean up the area by excavating any gravels or stones that might pose as obstacles while you put the concrete foundation.

In order to stop water flow from the slab you must put some amount of sand into it so that sand soaks the water. Getting a vapor barrier is a must do if the slab is used by you as an interior household material. So follow these steps and get a solid concrete foundation.

Vapor barriers: the myths busted

Vapor barriers, concrete floorsOne of the most popular myths regarding vapor barriers is that concrete floors that are bare are damp and cold. This is not completely true. The modern houses with concrete floors have proper insulation these days and so it cannot be said that all bare concrete floors would be damp. Apart from that, the new codes of building require a barrier of vapor under the slabs. Another myth is that cracks cannot be avoided in concrete and so they must be covered. It could be true if the cracks are genuinely serious and occur because of issues regarding the structure.

There are people who prefer the rustic appeal and these so-called fractures are achieved by getting the floor stained and leaving a few minor cracks exposed. Some are of this belief that carpeting the floor will make it look more inviting than leaving a concrete floor as it is. Concrete floors can have a rich and earthy feel to it that makes it stand out. It is also a myth that a carpeted floor will make more warmth than a concrete one.