Energy efficient / Discussions

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...energy pays for the infrastructure, and the added benefit is that I’m paying down the system rather than watching money just disappear every month to utility bi...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes For now, assuming a reasonably ‘cold’ climate and also running with the assumption of air leaks , you could do a lot to...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

I watched a presentation by Emmanuel Cosgrove of Ecohome who said that a house built on an insulated slab floor was much more ecological and more affordable th...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...energy efficient and eco friendly house possible. Could you steer me in the right direction? contractors, incentives, plans Thank you in advance To determine ...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Can you add exterior rigid foam insulation (e.g. EPS) with replacing windows?

We are contemplating an energy retrofit to several 1960's chalet style cabins in Northern VT. Budget matters and the windows of the cabins are in reasonably de...

Posted by Peter Milliken Nov. 9, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...Efficient appliances – yes, it is worth the investment in more efficient appliances like ENERGY STAR Certified . Solar panels – Whether you will save money wi...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...energy efficient house May we ask where you are located? The level of success you would have using natural ventilation to save energy for heating and cooling wo...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 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?

...efficient to hook the heat pump in to the ducting, rather than a wall mounted unit (like the Mitsubishi Mr Slim in your video)? Thanks very much. Love what yo...

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?

...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 Alberta that...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 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 most efficient passive home design?

...efficient Passive House wall, if your intention is to reduce your carbon footprint, starts with choosing materials with low-embodied energy. Different insulatio...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 1 Responses

Should you put insulation on the outside of a cinder block wall in a desert?

...energy efficient green home? That page should help you figure the answers to you question, and were happy to help more, just fill in some blanks about your cu...

Posted by Michael Apodaca March 9, 2020, 3:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...efficient homes. What I DON’T really like at a glance is that they are insulated with spray foam. However, if the company that makes these insulated wood stud...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 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

Which house wrap is best?

...energy efficient house How to install siding so walls can dry As for your pine siding, are the boards going to be horizonal or vertical? And what is your cl...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What would a saltwater home battery bank be for solar applications?

...efficient appliances , etc) before sizing solar panels and batteries, otherwise you are in away oversizing a system for no reason and exponentially adding cost....

Posted by Jordon Morishita June 25, 2020, 11:17 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses