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Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...insulation of a building may be re-processed as insulation again in the future and the rest can be used as a source of energy that replaces non-renewable energy. Plywood walls instead of drywall: most of the interior surfaces, walls and cathedral ceiling are finished with plywood panels that are urea-formaldehyde fre...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...basements or crawlspaces – When a home is built on a crawlspace or basement this can often be the cause of humidity in the home – even when the home is newer many areas building Code’s lock humidity in finished basement walls for years, causing damp and mold issues. Many basements were built with inadequate insulation,...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...Basements are not usually figured into square footage, so if you want to downsize, try skipping the basement and build a small house on a slab-on-grade where everything is on one floor including beds, baths, mechanical room and storage. Before anyone goes away with hurt feelings, remember that we think building small...

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...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...exterior siding needs replacement then installing a continuous rigid panel insulation to the exterior under the finish, along with an ERV or HRV unit for ventilation, as a way to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter while saving a ton of money. Remember, Insulation is the gift that keeps on giving, long...