Super insulated / Discussions

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

...insulated to R-40 or better ICF walls and an appropriate level of insulation in the roof and slab. I'm taking inspiration from Passive House but not pursuing th...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...super insulated as you since since that will help maintain a high burn temperature and least amount of emissions, read more about the combustion of wood here )....

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Protection from Insects for Legalett Geo-passive super insulated slab on grade?

I've already contacted Ecohome about a quote for a full turnkey eco-habitate s1600 for where I am here in Nova Scotia. But one concern I have about the Legal...

Posted by James Burns April 30, 2020, 11:11 a.m. Slab on Grade 0 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...insulated and super insulated. The chart showed monthly payments (mortgage and untilities) and the better insulated home had monthly savings over the code built...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

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

...super insulated) that has me considering using two smaller water heaters vs. one larger one. Our house will be slab on grade, with the 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, ...

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

Could a ductless heat recovery ventilator be used for radon mitigation?

I have a 950 sq ft home, 65 years-old, in Arizona. Block construction, on cement slab, wood roof now insulated with 3" of foam. I have measure the radon with A...

Posted by Jim B Feb. 20, 2021, 4:40 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...super well-insulated slab on grade home. I definitely want a hydronic in floor heat system, along with a heat pump. With the absence of central ductwork, where ...

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

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...super-insulated slab floor with radiant heat, and the cooling is all provided by a combination of air source heat pump and a heat pump water heater working in t...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

How do I find a qualified Passive House builder?

...super insulated and airtight houses. All you need to know about Passive House Have a look over those two pages and let us know if you have any more question...

Posted by Kyle Burgmeier Feb. 18, 2021, 8:25 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...super insulated, airtight and durable wall. It may be more than you planned, but this way you save all the labor and cost of removing sheathing and insulation. ...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...super-insulated slab on grade which was also on problem soil with clay. Being able to "float" the foundation and slab over the sloping ground was more cost-effe...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...super insulated home you may be able to keep your actually heating rate lower. We built a demo house in Quebec that is all electric, and the entire electrical...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...insulated and sometimes not insulated at all. Back then a furnace would cycle on and off many times in a day (or even in an hour) to keep the house at the desig...

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

Was the Kenogami House Worth the Cost?

Has there been a cost analysis of the added insulation, vs insulating to code? Comparing the potential cost savings of the reduced spending on energy to heat/c...

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

What is better for a small slab on grade foundation: water (glycol) or electrical radiant heat?

...insulated and airtight? Will you have good air circulation in the form of ceiling fans? And what climate zone are you building in ? Thanks for the respons...

Posted by Mark Dixon July 7, 2020, 2:56 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

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

...Super-insulated homes such as passive house , and designing a home for passive solar heat collection will keep your energy costs at a minimum and also help it s...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

It's a fairly new house (about a year old). The concrete basement foundation walls are framed (wood), insulated, sealed with a plastic vapor barrier, but not d...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 30 Responses