Energy efficiency / Discussions

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

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

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...energy it will use - just as the inverse is true for your fridge - although fridge organization is necessary to reduce food waste . Heat loss increases with a g...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...energy efficiency, durability, safe indoor air quality and responsible material choices etc. I would point you to our guide pages to search by category or keywo...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...efficiency’ to the water heater. An even greater benefit is in the summer months as the water heater in effect acts to cool the air in the house, so much so t...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 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 payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...efficiency and cost of electric heating here this page – Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Zero Energy Homes Even in Canada where that heat is a ben...

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

We recently moved into a 15 year old home and have a smell coming from the basement. We had a mold inspector test and look everywhere and found no issues. We t...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...energy efficiency given the cliimate. You can see a time lapse video of it here – Solar air heated slab on grade time lapse install video That slab has air ...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...energy efficiency, but also for comfort as you seem to be planning this as finished living space. R3 would leave your feet pretty cold. And from a constructio...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do I stop a leak from my attic?

I'm getting water dripping down the inside walls of two opposite exterior walls. I checked the attic and found 1) frost of the underside of the roofing plywood...

Posted by Markus Duess Feb. 11, 2019, 12:42 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...energy efficiency , there are just no mainstream products readily available on the market to date. Our new demo house has a heat storage solution you may find...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...energy efficiency renovations, but in cases where it isn’t part of the load bearing wall it won’t be as solid and able to hold weight the same as the load beari...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I put a breathable peel and stick weather (air) barrier on the inside walls and ceiling?

...energy efficiency purposes.

Posted by Anomika Singhn Oct. 1, 2018, 9:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...energy, in fact the less moisture in the air the less energy is required for heating and cooling, so keep it running and don't worry that you are wasting energy...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses