Energy efficiency / Discussions

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 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

Is solar air heating for a floor as efficient as solar hydronic?

...efficiency in heat delivery - there is no great difference in the energy efficiency between air heated floors or hydronic (liquid) radiant floors, at least when...

Posted by Ryan Johnson Dec. 7, 2020, 9:02 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 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 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 is the best brand for ductless mini-split HVAC system?

...efficiency falls off the colder the exterior air temperature gets. Mitsubishi has an infrared tracking feature that we like as it points conditioned air at us...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 11:22 p.m. Heating and cooling 2 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

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...energy doesn't always make financial sense, read more here - When to replace windows and when to repair them In order to be able to carry the load and trans...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawl space?

...energy efficiency is to cover the dirt with a membrane to keep moisture in the ground.

Posted by Murray Kipp Sept. 17, 2021, 7:35 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Do you recommend ERV or HRV system in mild climates or can do away with them?

...energy recovery. Here is our page on Choosing Between an HRV and an ERV . As for brands, we have used Van EE, Venmar, Lifebreath, Zehnder and other brands i...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:12 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

Hello, My husband and I are considering our options for our home and lot in Peterborough, ON Canada. We have been thinking of completely renovating our current...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

...energy efficient, either by small repairs or full house renovations – The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes Here are our top 10...

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

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

I live in Calgary, Alberta. My house is a 1940s bungalow with a second storey added in 1988. We are replacing the vinyl siding with Hardie Board, and want to i...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...energy efficient home. I agree with you that a radiant heated slab floor would be much more comfortable than any other heating system. I would first point you t...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...energy efficiency and to provide comfort for the one winter that you’d be without basement insulation, I wouldn’t do it. I think you would come out far ahead by...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...energy efficiency and durability since they can add a significant amount of moisture to a home. We much prefer to see a greenhouse separated from a house, and...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

I have a 36' x 36' cottage style bungalow with 2 x 6 walls with spray foamed 9' walls, vaulted southern kitchen and living room with passive solar window desig...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses