Exterior insulation / Guides

Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...exterior edge of a slab on grade is made of EPS foam and can be parged. Having used rigid Rockwool panels meant we needed an additional solid exterior surface. ...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...insulation techniques listed here are designed to offer the most sensible and durable options for interior insulation, exterior insulation, or ideally, a combin...

Passive Solar Index Home - super high efficiency
Passive solar home design

Passive Solar Index Home Case Study

...Exterior Cladding Description of the envelope - Insulation values Aboveground walls: R60 Roof: R100 Slab on floor: R30 Slab construction Base co...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...insulation types change with temperature, with the polyisocyanurate [polyiso] demonstrating a more significant response. The polyiso i...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...exterior insulation. The Delta air barrier was wrapped around the entire window box and into the interior. Window build outs for exterior insulation © Ecoho...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...exterior of the sheathing (R42) 1.5" ECO4 Wood fiber-board rigid exterior insulation (R4) Weather barrier (WRB) Strapping Exterior cladding * Both h...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...exterior walls act as thermal bridges, conducting far more heat than the insulation on either side of them. But with most types of wall assemblies we have littl...

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

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...Insulation Products, Like Hemp Insulation panels or Batt Insulation or mineral wool - demonstrated here in roof insulation . Polyisocyanurate Foam Panels: P...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...insulation to use under a slab , It is common to install as little as R5 insulation below slab floors, making that about the weakest point in a building envelop...

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)...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...exterior EPS foam sheathing, or alternative choice of rigid insulation panel can reduce any risk of moisture damage, as it brings up the temperature of the exte...