Cold climate / Discussions

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...cold / hot climate? How do you recommend we size the HRV or ERV? Which brands do you have experience of/ would you recommend (bearing in mind efficiency and p...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is it ok to add insulation between joists in a crawl space?

...climate, cold winters. The walls of the crawlspace are insulated and the dirt floor is sealed with a vapor barrior, but my indoor floors felt cold this last win...

Posted by Cheryl Bottomley May 11, 2020, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall

...Climate Zone 6 in a low humidity, cold, and snowy environment. Heating only no cooling. Currently have T1-11 siding, tar paper, R13 FB insulation, and the inter...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...cold climate air source heat pump furnace. I am getting confliciting information about temperature control. Is it best to set the ASHP furnace at one temperatur...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

Can you build a water-to-Air Heat Pump with a large storage tank and well water?

...cold climate so in the winter the water will be much warmer than the air. In the summer the system could be reversed to heat the water in the tank before bein...

Posted by Doug Edmondson Feb. 29, 2020, 3:32 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 0 Responses

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...cold climate - Winnipeg Manitoba, and intend to install radiant heat in the concrete slab. As my basement is below the frost line, I’m not sure if insulation is...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...Climate Zone 3A in the South Eastern US is a predominantly hot and humid climate with a certain amount heating days, so you’re obviously doing more cooling than...

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

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...colder climate of western Massachusetts in an 1830s vintage home. We have a 4'6" crawlspace (approximately 18' x 26') beneath our wood floored living room. The ...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

In Ottawa, are geothermal heat pumps efficient?

...cold climates, but as for recouping cost, that’s a toss up. It’s a tough one for us to recommend people do, or dissuade them from doing because using the stable...

Posted by John Ioannou July 20, 2020, 12:19 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...cold climates And on the other side of the coin… we aren’t really big fans of tiny houses for a number of reasons, all of which you can read about here – Th...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

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

...cold climate And this page will teach you about the problems with tiny houses , its good to know those as well to avoid problems from the beginning.

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...cold where I am, almost never below 0F). Theres so much different advice out there for this... I'd also be very interested in any other cheaper/eco friendly mat...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...cold and humid climates, so that is a big advantage for you there as you have less issues with moisture and no risk of frost heave. The way they have done the...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...cold in the winter and in the summer we don't really have to use air conditioning because of the crawl space temperature. It is a wood floor on the other side o...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...cold climate, which Minnesota most certainly is. An R40 wall of EPS foam would in itself act as a vapor barrier and react as you suggest, but with dense packe...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...colder or humid climates. With no rainscreen, freeze-thaw can kill an unprotected wall in a season. How does it handle moisture? What about thermal bridging fro...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...climate zone . Where are you located? Given that amount of research you’ve done on insulation I am assuming you live in a cold climate. Regardless of climate th...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...cold climate like Chicago, the freeze / thaw cycle can cause them to crack. So insulating the exterior of a painted brick wall is actually a good idea to help p...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses