Choosing the right insulation / Guides

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...thermal break. Rock wool batts can be either specifically designed for insulation, or specifically designed for soundproofing. Insulation batts are not rated for soundproofing, but still outperform most other materials for sound reduction. Be sure to get the right product for the right application. Rock woo...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...they give you the most comfort and the best return on investment. If you're building new and have enlisted the help of a designer or architect, ask how they arrived at their conclusions as to how much insulation to put in different locations, and if energy modelling was involved. Choosing the right windows: A...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...choosing the right building insulation for the right application Once you determine the approximate amount of insulation you want to install on exterior walls and the type(s) of insulation you are open to using, then you need to find a way to attach /apply it securely to the outside of the walls in a manner that pres...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...the glazing and heating the home interior. The Solar Heat Gain coefficient based on orientation in the Northern Hemisphere © Ecohome Tips for choosing the right windows • Choose the most efficient windows you can afford . Work with the window supplier to get the right glazing for each orient...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of your home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer quality window, and with the right windows on the south side you can gain more heat in the daytime than they will lose at night. For how to choose the best windows for your house, see here . The Demo House has triple-g...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...ther the carbon in the plant fibers would be returned to the atmosphere. But instead, with Gramitherm insulation batts for example, the carbon absorbed by the plants ends up contained in your walls. It is estimated that an average-sized house completely insulated with Gramitherm batts can capture 7 tons of CO2. So far ...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...the other side, so you reduce your risk of summertime condensation . That foil is the reason it can be problematic on the exterior, as you would be adding an exterior vapour barrier where you likely don't want one. On the good news side, the GWP of blowing agents in Polyiso is similar to those in EPS, and in the ri...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...the way, can start a discussion on their own. We know they get used to death, and they have somewhat lost their meaning because of it. But if someone searches ‘ what is the most eco-friendly insulation? ’ - Well, we want them to find the right information, so we have to use it. Due to the massive success that one can...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...insulation in the cavities, covered with sheathing, then I-joists (TGIs) attached to the exterior of the sheathing to allow for seamless insulation with no thermal bridging . The sheathing is used as the air barrier and vapor barrier , by using a high-performance building tape to seal the joints and the Larsen Trusses ...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...the floor just as it does through the walls and roof. For that reason, it's extremely important to insulate around the perimeter of the greenhouse . You can do this by insulating around your foundation, or simply installing perimeter insulation underground. This also connects the greenhouse to the thermal mass of the s...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...the better-performing houses out there, but you won’t see a whole lot of quadruple-glazed windows. Part of the reason is that the more glass you add, the heavier the windows get. The added weight of a third pane of glass often requires a more robust framing system, and the added weight also puts more strain on the wind...