Attic renovations / Guides

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...attic space, IRC 2012 limits the net free ventilation reduction from 1:150 to 1:300. US NRCA guidelines For attic ventilation, NRCA recommends providing at least 1 square foot of NFVA for every 150 square feet of attic space (1:150 ventilation ratio) measured at the attic floor or ceiling level. For large-volume at...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...renovations it is important to focus on the same things. You will carry out work a bit differently with green home renovations compared to building a new home, but the principles are the same so start here with understanding - how much insulation does a house need? And it’s best to learn that here from us, because we...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

We cannot overstate the importance of airtightness in homes and attic rooms. A proper air barrier reduces heat loss in winter, overheating in summer, and prevents moisture build up in walls which can lead to mould and rot. We recently had a chance to try out a product that at first sounds too good to be true, but on...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...attics : An open attic is a great place to easily improve the performance of a home with additional insulation. Check to see how much insulation there is and that it is done properly. Read more about how to insulate an attic. Repairing or replacing windows: This is a tricky topic - you don't often get your money back...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...attic? With many older homes, the biggest gains in efficiency comes from insulating attics , which can be done in one of two ways – the right way, and the wrong way. You many not know which one happened until you experience ice damming and what will seem like a roof leak on a warm sunny day in spring. Here is a foren...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...renovations in these pages: Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it? When to Replace old Windows and When to Repair Them What is the Best Insulation for a Home? Find more about green home building in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages , and learn...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...attic insulation, the quality of your windows, and a blower door test to see how much heat loss there is from air leaks . A blower door test identifies air leaks for repair to make homes more energy efficient. Are energy audits free for Canadians? Energy audits for government green home renovation programs ar...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...attics: what causes attic ice and how to fix it? What causes ice dams & how to fix them And see more Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings on North America's favorite sustainable building advice website -

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...renovations are eligible for a 10% refund of the Genworth mortgage insurance premium. Details here . CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation): Buying an energy-efficient home or making energy-saving renovations can offer a 10% CMHC mortgage loan insurance premium refund, and a premium refund for a longer amor...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...attic after DIY roof insulation projects where new insulation covers up ventilation access. If you discover you have ice in the attic, the 3 things to check first are: Humidity levels in the Home - do you have high humidity and condensation problems? Attic ventilation - Is your attic ventilated correctly and suff...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...renovations in these pages: Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it? House Air Tightness - Why Balancing Air Pressure is Essential Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter What is the best Insulation for a Home? Why Roofs Need to be Ventilated and How to Ventilate a Roof Properly Find mor...