Emissions / Discussions

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...emissions modelling shows it will release only a fraction of the carbon emissions of standard homes built today. Read all about the materials used for construct...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...emissions during manufacturing, and is about half the price. XPS has a higher R value per inch (R5), but space wouldn’t be an issue since you are building on gr...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...emissions , but it works better for air and vapour protection so in this particular case I would probably go pick up a few sheets of XPS rigid foam for this spe...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

...emissions. In Manitoba we would probably put about 6 inches of insulation below a floor for a sensible ROI. Here is our page on the best way to insulate a bas...

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

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

...emissions, read more about the combustion of wood here ). And to the main point of your question - if you’ve gone to the effort to make a super-insulated, air...

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

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...emissions . Spray foam will act as an air and vapour barrier but it it is pretty easy for critters to dig into it, so you may also want to tack up something lik...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...emissions than EPS. So if you are looking for suggestions we would say go for the EPS, and if you want added protection, source one with a foil backing. RJ Re...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What type of insulation should I put on the exterior of my new home?

...emissions, a better-insulated house will save you money and the payback period or ‘return on investment’ is pretty quick. Start here on our page that explains t...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you re-do the insulation on a old cabin from the outside?

...emissions How to install siding so walls can dry The way you describe the vapor barrier is what I had in mind. It would still be on the warm side of the insul...

Posted by Raphael Couture Sept. 14, 2020, 8 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses