Frozen door / Guides

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...doors from freezing properly (this would also alleaviate the problem of frozen door locks that is covered below). It's important to keep your HRV or ERV maintained and operating efficiently . How to stop door locks freezing? Airtight homes are great for keeping heat in, but that leaves all the indoor air pressure a...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...door (which can also be used as a solarium and which are incorporated in Earth-ships with varying levels of success in cold climates ), and free-standing greenhouses that are intended primarily for cultivating plants and food. In this article, we have spoken to three different owner/builders (all in Quebec but with var...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...door, but then have a full day where the floor is toasty warm. The secondary heating system, and the one that I enjoy using much more, is a free-standing wood stove, a Jotul F3CB to be precise. It is a relatively small (42,000 btu) high-efficiency stove out of Norway, but it is more than sufficient for our well-insul...

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

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...frozen tundra. And in order to meet building code standards, they are both required to build a house the same way despite those homes needing to perform in dramatically different climates. Climate zones change the amount of insulation homes need even if code doesn't across larger states and provinces None of us...