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

is there a SketchNanoGard Review?

...energy efficiency of our building. We've looked at the typical options, but we are also exploring some more unconventional routes. We happened upon a product na...

Posted by Island Lake June 24, 2020, 2:37 a.m. Windows and doors 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 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 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

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

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...energy once we fully assessed the true energy requirements over a year or two. As the house location is off-grid in the North Woods area, it's not a case of sla...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Can south facing windows and glass doors, double glazed, be used to collect passive solar heat?

...energy in some way, either attached to our windows or other possibilities that you would advise. Thank you. If your home has south-facing windows that recieve d...

Posted by Sue Whall June 5, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 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

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...energy savings. Especially as a house is often empty during the day when the greatest Solar energy gain is available to the SHWH. Is this theory correct or am...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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

...energy cost and longevity during the ownership of the house. Basement space is a nice to have but not a must if that significantly helps reduce build cost. I ...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 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 is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...energy efficiency! A lot of clients are on a tight budget and the idea of even spending 20% more on insulation was too abstract a notion, for something you don'...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses