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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...energy efficient and low cost. Have read many articles. Total “all in” cost of build $235k if our budget – including septic, well, driveway, electrical. Land al...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. 0 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

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

What is the best way to insulate from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Here is an article that will give you a starting place about tea...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - ones or big one?

...energy loss and wasted water in not having to feed hot water from a long distance. The upfront cost of heat pump water heaters would be quite a burden, so I w...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 2 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...energy efficient home, so be sure to have a well-insulated building envelope . Here is link to our Green Home Building Guide , the Ecohome planning and design...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

Where can I find qualified green builders/modular or prefab homes in Port Townsend WA?

...energy efficient prefab houses to the West Coast in US and Canada in the near future. If you fill out the 'request a quote' form that can be found on each diffe...

Posted by Alyne Galm June 27, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

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

I will probably build a solar panel with layers of black screen. My question is, I have a patio door with a thermal pane in it. Could this be used for the glas...

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