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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...insulation materials In order to combat the climate change impact of the built environment, natural insulation materials such as hemp insulation, cellulose, wood fiber and grass insulation help us meet emission targets because they act as carbon storage. We are living in a time when the embodied energy of buildings i...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...insulation with no special safety gear or gloves required. Hemp batt wall insulation in a wood framed wall © Nature Fibres Hemp insulation products available through Nature Fibres: Flexible and compressible insulation batts; masonry blocks; semi-rigid soundproofing panels; semi-rigid decorative and ...

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

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...ecological impacts vary significantly. Alternatively, depending on application and budget, you could always choose natural Green Insulation Products, Like Hemp Insulation panels or Batt Insulation or mineral wool - demonstrated here in roof insulation . Polyisocyanurate Foam Panels: PIR, polyiso, or ISO, is a therm...

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?

...insulation’ and honestly, there is rarely one single right answer. In that spirit, I wanted to take a closer look at EPS foam insulation or ‘Styrofoam insulation’ as it is often mistakenly called, which it isn’t. It may seem like splitting hairs, but Styrofoam is a brand name of XPS insulation, it is not EPS insulati...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...insulation can be a superior product to commonly used batt insulation, but somehow it has developed a bad reputation in Canada. Cellulose Fibre Insulation (CFI) is like the Rodney Dangerfield of insulations, it "can't get no respect". When done right, dense-packed cellulose is a highly efficient option for insulating...

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

...insulation, a slew of recycled materials and excellent interior air quality, we'd like to think the Edelweiss House by EcoHome is a firm contender. It was after all the first home in Canada to be awarder the Leed Platinum v4 rating, and only the second in the world. Yep, here at EcoHome we're pretty proud of that! Th...

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

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...insulation is too much in an 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 insula...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...insulation is a petroleum-based product and nothing will change that. But that was never the biggest problem the 'eco' building community had with foam insulation; the main issue was the inclusion of chemicals with a global warming potential (GWP) that was over a thousand times worse than carbon dioxide as a green hous...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...insulation batts. The reasoning behind that is less about snow loads and structural integrity, as much as it is about creating a deeper cavity to accommodate thicker insulation. Moving from 2x4 walls to 2x6 walls made it easier to meet the requirements of cold climate building codes as insulation could be 5.5 inches ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Insulation levels are almost twice the standards required under Part 11 of the Quebec Building Code Wood fiber insulation boards on the exterior as a continuous insulation layer Chosen High-Performance Wall Brands : Dörken Delta membranes Climatizer Insulation, high density cellulose insulation High-efficie...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...insulation. Why is that? Well, it works - at least in some ways. Spray foam manufacturers’ marketing departments have worked very hard to distract us from the potentially sketchier aspects of spray foam. This has been quite successful, as it has become a very popular insulation choice for renovation projects, and eve...