Home Renovation / Discussions

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...renovation anyway then I would say you are best to insulate from the inside, and there are few methods. First, have the wiring checked by a licensed electrician...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Where can I buy hemp insulation for home renovation In Durham Region, Ontario?

...home for Canada or the US , just send us an email at info@ecohome.net with what you need. Let us know the quantity you need (square foot total or quantity of ba...

Posted by Virgil N Jan. 23, 2020, 10:50 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...home renovation we have decided to strip the walls inside and out, keep the structure but add insulation to the inside but also the outside of the walls so we d...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

Hello, I'm in the midst of a post-flood basement renovation and have been doing some reading on your website only recently. I'm realizing that I may have made ...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

Do you have any advice with spray cork renders vs. fully insulating the outside of our home with rockwool or foam board and new siding. We need a cost effectiv...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How do I create a complete air barrier using a vapour retarding primer?

...home I am sold on using this technique to air-seal my 50's house after doing renovation work. The missing part is how do I deal with recessed lighting and elect...

Posted by Mihai Wilson May 3, 2018, 10:15 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

I bought an old timer home on Gibsons, BC and the siding needs replacing. I want to use the opportunity to seal up and insulate the wall cavity once exposed. I...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...home (35 yrs old). My basement wall construction is poured concrete foundation, then a full-home perimeter cripple wall, and then joist that sit atop of it on a...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...home , and hemp is a natural and non-toxic insulation material that will protect the air quality in your home. We will have an order page coming soon, but for t...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...home? Does your home have an HRV or ERV? (heat recovery ventilator or energy recovery ventilator) Do you use exhaust fans? (bathroom fan and stove hood) D...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...Homes on a Budget How to Stay on Budget When Building a Home And for general design ideas, I’d say you are better off starting with a slab on grade and not ...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...homes & for building new homes with high performance insulation systems such as Passive House or LEED. You can then either fill the new cavity with dense packed...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

I live in Calgary, Alberta. My house is a 1940s bungalow with a second storey added in 1988. We are replacing the vinyl siding with Hardie Board, and want to i...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

...home would be to do a blower door test to measure the rate of air leakage in your home . If you are improving the envelope and making your home more airtight , ...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...home and how to best proceed with home renovations and energy efficient upgrades. Please have a read on a few of these pages, and once you have a better idea ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...renovation to increase comfort and efficiency, see our pages on renovations for some ideas, and feel free to write back with a question on that front.

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...home built in the 60s that has not had a major renovation to improve thermal performance and air tightness. Depressurizing a home is a greater concern with ne...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...home heating and comfortable home design - Designing Homes for Human Comfort To be sure I understand your question, is this a new home build or a renovation...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses