Energy efficiency / Discussions

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

...energy efficient upgrades. Please have a read on a few of these pages, and once you have a better idea of what you want to get done and your budget we are mor...

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

is there a SketchNanoGard Review?

...energy 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 na...

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?

...energy 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 ...

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

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

...energy once we fully assessed the true energy requirements over a year or two. As the house location is off-grid in the North Woods area, it's not a case of sla...

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

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

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

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

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

...energy 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'...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

I have an energy efficient 2,000 sq ft bungalow located on acreage just east of Edmonton. The house was built in 2007 and received the Green Vision Award for A...

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

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

...energy efficiency upgrades vary by city, state and province, so what savings are available to you really depends on where you are. This page may be able to help...

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. 0 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

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

...energy 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...

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

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

...energy required to operate them. The best thing you can do for yourself to ensure you get a high efficiency durable home is educate yourself, so you know when...

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

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

...energy-efficiency and durability standpoint, this following page will help - How to build a basement properly for energy efficiency and to prevent mold

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 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

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

Unisulated footing under ICF walls allows thermal bridging into the concrete core of the wall allowing energy stored in the thermal mass to bleed into the soil...

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

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...energy efficiency and durability . If walls are not built with airtightness and an ability to dry, they are at a far greater risk of developing mold and they wi...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses