A systems approach to cold climate housing.


The effect of vapour barrier thickness on air tightness.

Laboratory measurements have shown that when pressure differences are applied across wall and roof elements, the majority of the pressure drop takes place across the vapour barrier . Similarly , field measurements have shown that the majority of the leakage in Norwegian buildings occurs at the joints in the vapour barrier , at wall / floor joints , around penetrations of the vapour barrier and through holes in the vapour barrier . Prior to 1980, the standard vapour barrier in Norway was 0.06 mm thick polyethylene sheeting.