Attic / Guides

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...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...attic? What does ‘diminishing returns’ for insulation mean? It's as simple as this - adding one inch of insulation to a wall that has only one inch of insulation is certainly well worth the investment, in any climate. Adding one inch of insulation to a wall that has 5 inches of insulation makes sense in most clim...

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...

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...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...attic and causes that same melting to occur. Ventilation equipment such as furnaces, duct work and air conditioning are rarely seen in attics anymore, but if you have such equipment up there it is likely contributing to ice damming. In addition to that, you are probably adding 25% to your operational costs by having ...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...attic to your utility room. By doing so, installing solar panels (thermal or photovoltaic) is a simple matter of fishing wires or tubes through the pipe rather than an expensive remodelling project involving opening walls. A bit of real estate is required in the basement as well for a storage tank.

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...attic to see if it is properly vented and if there is enough insulation. Add attic vents if to remove moisture , and additional insulation. This can be done by hauling batts up there yourself, or blowing loose cellulose insulation over the entire surface of an attic , taking care not to block your venting. Below are a ...

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...

$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

...attic . It needs to be done carefully and by qualified professionals because it is essential to make sure you attic is well ventilated . If you fix your walls and roof but something still smells funny, it’s likely your basement. There is where the biggest mistakes in home building are carried out. Have you ever asked...

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

...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 more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...attic, be sure they aren't leaking, or more importantly that they aren't simply vented into the attic space, which does happen. Basement mold & mildew prevention That musty smell in basements that is all too familiar is due to either poorly installed insulation , or having no insulation at all. Building below grade...