Energy / Discussions

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...energy it will use. Heat loss increases with a greater differential in temperature, so the warmer it is inside compared to outside the greater your heat loss wi...

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

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

...energy efficiency . And we’re always happy to discuss eco friendly building materials , but first let’s start with the right amount of insulation . Can you tell...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

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

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 cost of a Net Zero House?

I am trying to find out how much to build a small zero net home on land outside of Vancouver, sea to sky, who do I talk to? Is there a cost calculator or build...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on a geodesic dome ecohome?

...energy efficiency in a zone 3 climate. Would the advantages of a geodesic shape such as the fewer materials needed per square foot and even distribution of heat...

Posted by Tyler Chidester Dec. 12, 2019, 4 a.m. Concept and design 0 Responses

What is the best choice for me, HRV or ERV?

...energy codes. We are just looking for the best air exchange system. Thanks, John How to choose between an HRV and ERV (Heat Recovery Ventilator and Energy Recov...

Posted by John Oakes Jan. 10, 2020, 11:04 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

...energy to heat/cool the home, to the larger mortgage being carried to pay for the added insulation for the Kenogami home vs a code built home? Basically wonderi...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:58 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

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

...energy costs. There appear to be several energy modeling software programs to reference during the design stage, when planning a new build. Is there any good ...

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 best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

Hi there For NYC What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement slab Roof for energy efficiency and water leaks? Maybe 2 layers? The base for the roof will be M...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 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 are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...Energy efficient HVAC system “Smart” thermostat Lots of wall and ceiling and foundation and attic insulation Calculate the amount of glazing (not too much...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 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 I find a green builder in my region?

...energy efficient homes? Do you build airtight homes? Do you conduct blower door tests? Do you do energy modelling? Are you familiar with different types...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 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

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...energy use (and energy bills)” Nope. And this is the part where I become suspicious, when they make claims that just don't line up with the laws of physics. T...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses