Airtightness / Discussions

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...airtightness , air barrier continuity and thermal bridging , but there will always need to be many openings from indoors to out, and if you seal them properly t...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...airtightness, and the amount of heat the floor will give off. An 18 wall is pretty thick, but Given the mortar and that wood is about R1 per inch it’s still not...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...airtightness or R value. We would be happy to help but as is there are too many questions in here and it would be difficult to really iron out any of your indiv...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

I have an unused fireplace that feeds a lot of cold into the house so I would like to insulate and shut it. How can I do that in way where I may be able to use...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...airtightness and an ability to dry, they are at a far greater risk of developing mold and they will not perform as well.

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...airtightness. So would you suggest using air barrier and tape first? Or go straight for the Aerobarrier and bypass all the hassle of membrane and tape? Or is...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...airtightness of the building. Keep in mind that the risks of radon exposure in homes is not limited to the air, it can also be present in water if you get you...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...airtightness. Our first suggested assembly for interior basement insulation would be a vapor barrier membrane directly against the concrete block foundation, ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...airtightness so I don’t need to ad much heat, then I would take that money I saved by not installing a radiant floor in the basement and I’d buy a mini-split du...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...airtightness would be a peel-and-stick membrane (with primer) as it could better follow the contour of the logs and chinking. That would likely reduce the numbe...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...airtightness. Here is an example of a Passive House wall system with Larsen trusses and cellulose insulation that has an extremely low carbon footprint. So this...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses