We are arming our house with a bodyguard.
He looks menacing, swathed in black, plastered in tattoos all exclaiming his name.
His job? To protect and guarantee that the uninvited will not violate the velvet rope.
Yup, that’s him.
(No, not the guy on the ladder. Or the dude on the roof.)
It’s the stuff stapled to our house.
Mr. Mento was hired for his beefy-ness and brawn. He vows to flex his muscles and protect said house from whatever the weather brings. (That includes polar vortex’s, arctic blasts and all other climate buzzwords flung around on the five o’clock news.)
Here’s the deal…
One of the key ingredients to a Passive House is airtight construction.
Mento, AKA the ‘WRB’ (Weather Resistant Barrier) is on the ‘Airtight Team.’ It’s a barrier that keeps out rain and wind (air flow), yet it’s permeable enough so that any moisture that finds its way into the building enclosure can evaporate and escape to the exterior.
SO, if you are a raindrop, draft or God forbid…a snowflake.
WE ARE WARNING YOU. YOU WILL NOT GET IN.
Go down the block.
You’ll find plenty of houses that will welcome you.