Energy efficiency / Discussions

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

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...efficiency. You may have seen them already, but below are a few pages about solar air heaters and storing heat that may be of value to you. Thermal mass in ...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...energy wise -if I were starting a new build, that's what I would choose. But do you think that I should close in my skylights and replace them with tubes? Or ar...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What type of hrv system should I put in a 4 year old home?

...energy recovery ventilation) . Units will have an ‘efficiency’ rating, meaning how much heat the recover before air is expelled from the home. You will pay more...

Posted by Ellen Murray Zappone Sept. 1, 2021, 4:35 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Should I put insulation on the exterior of a brick house?

...energy efficiency upgrades. Here is our page about exterior insulation, have a read first to get some ideas as some of your questions may be answered in there a...

Posted by Andrew T Oct. 3, 2021, 7:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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

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

How do I apply for a grant to do renovations to my home?

...energy efficiency home renovation grants, tax breaks and financial incentives would be regionally specific. Where are you located, Canada or the US? There are s...

Posted by Debbie Brown June 20, 2021, 5:58 p.m. Grants and incentives 3 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...energy than heating dry air. So that 6-mil poly membrane is essential above all else for comfort, durability, energy efficiency, and air quality. You mention ...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 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

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...energy efficiency . Finding the best insulation really depends on individual circumstances, learn more here - What is the best insulation for a home? And we...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1930s brick house from the outside?

...energy efficiency. A lot of Toronto homes are fairly close together and sometimes there is simply not enough room to add insulation to the outside and not inf...

Posted by Stephane Marcotte Sept. 2, 2021, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...energy retrofit? For perspective – A well-insulated home with good quality windows will be more comfortable, even when you aren’t close to the heat source. If y...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What type of insulation is best for coach house?

...energy efficiency and durability, a house should be airtight. A large portion of heat loss in a home is due to pour air sealing, and when air leaks out through ...

Posted by morwarid safa Sept. 24, 2021, 2:23 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best ERV on the market ?

...energy star certified. Choosing the best air exchanger for a home starts with choosing between an HRV and and ERV (Heat Recovery Ventilation and Energy Recovery...

Posted by Brandon Phelps April 18, 2020, 12:09 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...energy options. We have an Energy Advisor helping us. Initially, we considered in-floor heating in the basement and pellet stove on the main floor. The house is...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Need roof repairs, insulation and new tin, are there grants available?

...energy efficiency upgrades that save energy as part of climate change action initiatives, so while re-insulating a roof could possibly apply, I don’t think you’...

Posted by Ghislaine Morin Aug. 27, 2020, 12:03 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...energy-efficiency by reducing heat loss, as it has one of the highest per-inch r values of commercially available insulation products. There are also some sig...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses