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

...the market. You won’t find them at the big box stores, but they’re out there. A Green home in Peterborough, Ontario will be using them in an attempt to be the g...

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

...the entire life of a house. So there is balanced insulation in a nutshell - spread it evenly and in the right amounts for the right areas and you will get the m...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...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 h...

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...

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

The best tips for buying windows

...the total wall area. If the house actually had two such windows, the R-value would drop further to R33; and if there were one on each side of the house, the o...

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

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...choosing, you should know exactly what you expect these foam insulation panels to do, to make sure you buy and benefit from the right one. These three products ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...the joint where the wall meets the roofline. The panel itself is airtight, if the joints are well sealed then the house can be as well. We would recommend the...

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

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...insulation underground. This also connects the greenhouse to the thermal mass of the soil underground, which you can use to heat and cool the greenhouse via a 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 p...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...the natural phenomenon of the planet, like the sun, like the rain, like the gravity, like the wind, the condensation, the convection, all of the natural phenome...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...the harder the silicate crystal formed in the concrete by the densifier, the higher the sheen that is possible when the floor is polished or burnished, but the ...