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

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 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

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

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

...efficiency zero net energy homes - video In our 2015 demo house build ( the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House ) we used the Mitsubishi Mr. Slim Mini-split heat...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...efficiency tips for homes . Thanks, this is really helpful! Also I assume insulating pipes help with water noise reduction too right? If you flush the toilet, t...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...efficiency durable home is educate yourself, so you know when someone is steering you in the wrong direction. So check out our Green Home Building Guide pages ,...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Do you have a diagram showing effect of winds on the pressure inside the house?

...efficiency will depend on how airtight your house is. Best regards.

Posted by Bryan Bargen June 8, 2018, 5:20 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 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

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

...efficiency particulate air filter). One of the limitations of air purifiers is that they only filter suspended particles, whereas a large part of the indoor p...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

I'm trying to insulate Rim joists /cripple walls in basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate c...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...efficiency with an air source heat pump and heat pump water heater working in tandem A heat pump water heater will act to cool a house, but unless your home i...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...efficiency one is wise, if you’re looking for guidance see our page on choosing the best ERVs and HRVs One last thing I’d mention is this product that my help m...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

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

...efficiency as some installers suggest, the heat will get there eventually. If you’re not a big fan of really ‘hot’ floors, wood will actually add to your comfor...

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

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

...efficiency and electricity free wood pellet stove for off-grid use or during power outages, see here © Ecohome

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