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

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

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

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

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

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

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...cold climates to prevent frost damage. As long as your slab is designed by an engineer you have nothing to concern yourself with.

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...cold climate and you insulate the wall from the interior. That makes them a bit more susceptible to cracking at the joints . Our first recommendation if you c...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...climate with any less than four inches of foam insulation. Six inches and sometimes more, depending on your specific climate, would save you energy and money in...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...cold climate, but please confirm). On top of that you could lay down hemp insulation.

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...cold climates you want vapor barriers on the interior, so you need to be careful not to apply a vapor-impermeable panel to the outside. On the Halo website th...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 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

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...cold surfaces, I’d consider closing it up and running a dehumidifier. What climate zone are you in Dave? That may help us help you more. Thank you for your resp...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 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

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 1 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 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 Tortolo Feb. 18, 2020, 10:51 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...cold climate. But Vancouver Island is a fairly warm climate relatively speaking, so I wouldn’t be as concerned there about the loss of performance during cold w...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses