Insulation and soundproofing

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

The importance of properly insulating basements cannot be stressed enough. Uninsulated basements and poorly insulated basements can be responsible for as much as 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home.   Insulating a basement is a great idea if it wasn't insulated when built, as before we began insulating foundation…

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

Before attempting to improve a wall or floor, it is essential to assess the situation to try to identify the major cause of the inadequate sound isolation. Unnecessary alterations can be a waste effort and money. The first step to controlling sound transmission in buildings is assessing the situation. What kind of…

Understanding sound transmission in homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Understanding sound transmission in buildings

Sound transmission in multi-unit dwellings and single family homes can affect quality of life. Learn how to prevent it. Before embarking on any structural changes, it is most important to understand that the sound isolation between two homes is not determined only by the common wall or floor. All the other parts of…

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

Understanding how insulation works is best achieved by first understanding the way heat loss occurs in homes. Insulation slows the rate of heat transfer, helping keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is and how much you will spend on…

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

Understanding the performance characteristics & limitations of different types of insulation before you make a purchase & start to build or renovate a high performance home is important. Not all insulation materials are the same, and they are not always interchangeable A basic understanding of how walls work is…