Efficiency / Discussions

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

My house was built in the Late 1940 - early 1950's, it is a farm buglalow with an addition in 1973, a poured concrete basement and concrete block foundation ad...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

I'm looking for ways to tighten up the envelope as I make improvements. One question I have though is does it make sense to install an HRV in an older leaky ho...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

We installed windows last fall, are we eligible for the grant?

...efficiency upgrades?

Posted by PAUL JONES O/A CASKETS2GO June 5, 2021, 10:13 p.m. Grants and incentives 0 Responses

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...efficiency and water leaks? Maybe 2 layers? The base for the roof will be Metal beams. Thanks, Rafael, Brooklyn We would propose you use a rigid board insulat...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

is there a SketchNanoGard Review?

...efficiency of our building. We've looked at the typical options, but we are also exploring some more unconventional routes. We happened upon a product named Ske...

Posted by Island Lake June 24, 2020, 2:37 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...efficiency/energy-efficiency-homes/make-your-home-more-energy-efficient/keeping-heat/keeping-heat-chapter-6-basement-insulation/15639#a6-2 " I want to use a p...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

...efficiency and power consumption)? To be clear, we aren't building a "Cabin in the Woods" like back in the day - this will be our 3000 sq.ft. main family home r...

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

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

...efficiency and cost efficiency and eco-friedliness. What would ecohome do?! What you are describing is pretty much exactly my house in Montreal be...

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

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...efficiency of the house by insulating the outside. What I have in mind is vertical 2x4 strapping, 3 1/2" Roxul insulation, horizontal strapping with 1x3s and th...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...efficiency, problem is that it is American made and will take 6 - 8 weeks to arrive), gas furnace (I have gas to the house since my wife wanted a gas stove, a g...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...efficiency! A lot of clients are on a tight budget and the idea of even spending 20% more on insulation was too abstract a notion, for something you don't actua...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

How do I get an assessment of heat loss for my home?

My home is older and needs some upgrades and was wondering about the government grants Tax credits and other financial incentives for home energy efficiency up...

Posted by jennifer jolly Jan. 13, 2021, 7:33 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Are their grants in my area?

We have an extremely old house and we are loosing lots of heat!

Posted by Shannon Hutchison Jan. 29, 2021, 10:30 a.m. Grants and incentives 0 Responses

What kind of incentive are available for a high performance net zero home?

...efficiency upgrades will vary by city, state and province, so any incentives available to you depnds on where you are. This page below may be a help, but since ...

Posted by Matt Garrod March 28, 2021, 3:37 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - or one big one?

...efficiency , choosing low-flow fixtures and toilets , water-efficient showerheads and heat pump water heaters . You should also fix dripping faucets (or leaking...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 2 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...efficiency Warranty See this page on choosing between an HRV and ERV , a heat recovery ventilator or energy recovery ventilator. Calculating the fresh a...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...efficiency, a raft slab design is stronger than a typical footing and slab, so it eliminates any structural cracking. If you are looking to improve the perfor...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Do the window walls make it cold in winter?

...efficiency as it impacts human comfort. The interior glazed surface of double pane windows are cooler than triple pane windows in winter and hotter in the summe...

Posted by Robert Dalgleish Oct. 24, 2021, 1:49 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses