Cold air / Discussions

how do I find a window/glass vendor who really understands passive solar houses?

...cold climate so that will help. First here are a few pages about choosing windows – How to choose the best windows for High Performance Homes What's The Bes...

Posted by Brigid O'Connor Oct. 23, 2021, 8:55 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...cold weather when they first came out but might be better than the HRV now...thoughts? I'm leaning towards a floor plan I drew up that is around 28'x35' with th...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Can I use a Legalett slab in Florida if I don't want floor heat?

...air heated radiant floor , but it is not necessary. They are installed in all climates from the far north to the south, and even in cold climates they don’t alw...

Posted by Harry Dickinson March 25, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...air from getting back there. If you don’t allow air to flow behind it then they would be small pockets of air behind the center of panels, which wouldn’t be a p...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

...cold climate . They lack a few key components to be considered an ‘eco friendly’, or sustainable house, to specifically name the two biggest omissions– heat rec...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

...air change rating I suspect it’s the same thing that is happening with me. Due to warm air rising (the stack effect), air will leak in on the lower levels a...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 2 Responses

What type of insulation is best for coach house?

...airtight. A large portion of heat loss in a home is due to pour air sealing, and when air leaks out through the walls and roof of a home it can carry a lot of m...

Posted by morwarid safa Sept. 24, 2021, 2:23 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

We want to build a solarium in Ontario, what do you think of heating it with a radiant floor and wood stove?

...cold climates – Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home The biggest problem with a solarium in a cold climate like Ontario is that the moment the su...

Posted by Deanna Zavattin-Tortolo Feb. 18, 2020, 10:51 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...air is leaking in and out and see what reasonable measures I could take to insulate or prevent air leaks. We paid around $200 for an audit and discovered that a...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

...airs and then test it, or, just run with the assumption that you may have it and take the pretty affordable steps ahead of time just in case, read more here – ...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...cold climate you may know our thoughts already on why you shouldn't attach a greenhouse to a home in a cold climate , which is not a great idea for energy effic...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...air gap between the wood and insulation , in fact it could render the insulation ineffective by allowing cold air to circulate behind the insulation boards. A...

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

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...cold. The most likely cause of your problem is actually the inclusion of ventilation, which is a fairly common mistake. In most regional climates across Canada,...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Best small ventilation HRV or ERV for a camper van or tiny house?

...Air-Port Fresh Air Exchanger. Doesn't have great reviews but I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for getting back to me. Glad to year you found a suitable candid...

Posted by Ron Timmins June 6, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Tiny house 5 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...air movement and prevent moisture buildup - which would then just seep back through the porous concrete? The basement does not have any serious water problems...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

...air barriers should be chosen and installed with that added stress in mind. So I would avoid things like spray foam, and your suggestion of Rockwool (formerly k...

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

...air HRV with integrated hydronic heat loop, essentially an improved forced air heating system. My concern is that the slab will be uncomfortable to bare feet (a...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do you install earth tubes for passive heating and cooling?

...cold climates and scroll down to the part about ventilation. Any modern house that would in anyway be considered ‘eco friendly’ or even just energy efficient, n...

Posted by Nancy Arevalo Aug. 19, 2021, 1:08 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 Responses