Green foam insulation / Guides

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?

...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 insulation, and environmentally speaking they're very different - read more here. A good part of the reason why EPS foam insulati...

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

...foam has an R-value of 6.3 per inch; when used at an 8-inch thickness, the foam has an R-7.4 value per inch, which exceeds the performance of any foam insulation currently on the market. The installation of spray foam requires the mixing of chemicals on site, and that reaction generates a lot of heat. So spray foam b...

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

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...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 thermoset plastic product typically produced as a foam and used as rigid thermal insulation panel - most often with aluminum foi...

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?

...foam insulation. So....time for a look as the less appealing aspects so we can all make informed decisions. The disadvantages of spray foam insulation as a green building product Regardless of the adoption of more eco-friendly spray foam blowing agents, there is still the matters of air quality, building durabili...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...foam panel insulation Cellulose rigid foam insulation is a greener choice than styrofoam UPDATE: A new environmentally-friendly rigid foam insulation board made from cellulose nanocrystals is a viable alternative to Styrofoam - according to researchers at WSU... This product has us really excited, because it'...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...green home building industry. Organic insulation materials can, in some instances, be at a greater risk of developing mold, or perhaps hosting insects and rodents , compared to non-organic products such as rigid foam insulation boards, Rockwool or spray foam insulation to name a few examples. Some natural insulations...

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

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

...Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate about which insulation is the greenest here , all from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

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

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...foam still have a bit of a bad rap within the green building community, but we think that is a little undeserved, so before you pass on SIPS because of its foam content, read here to find out if foam is a green insulation or not. Buy a prefab kit house The current volatility in the price of lumber and other buildin...

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

...insulation A Larsen truss wall is one with engineered I-joists attached to the outside of a stud or brick wall, which then creates a cavity that can be filled with additional insulation . You can add batt insulation, dense pack cellulose, rigid insulation panels or spray foam if you choose (spray foam is our least fa...

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

...green home building & renovations for max wall insulation A Larsen Truss is a type of lightweight & non structural double-stud wall assembly that allows for thicker insulation, is ideal for dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems and a very high R-value building envelope without many of the problems associated...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS HERE Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only consistency is that it is almost always insufficient, saddling homeowners with a choice between having higher heating bills or chilly feet. In this case we have gone with 8 inches of insulation for a total of appr...