Green foam insulation / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...insulation if there is no food source to attact them, so always build homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foundation, it would likely take an infestation of biblical proportions to remove enough insulation to cause a structural issue or any significant heat loss. So if an apocalyptic inv...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...greener insulation such as dense-packed cellulose , hemp , or mineral wool, and selecting foam insulation with lower emissions will reduce carbon production. Choosing FSC certified sustainably harvested wood ensures you are sourcing from well managed forests and protecting the lungs of the planet, our forests. Energy...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...insulation, even in problem areas. Install a polyethylene air / vapour barrier over the entire insulation area. In some cases, a coat of closed-cell spray foam will be added at this point in order to add insulation and to create a continuous moisture soil gas barrier. Seal the polyethylene barrier at all penetratio...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...insulation forms, interior floor insulation and reinforcement mesh as per engineering specifications. If you are installing in-floor radiant heating, be sure to have it designed by engineer to properly locate the heating delivery system so as not to affect the structural integrity of the slab. Raft slab Installat...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...insulation Natural Earth Paints Non-toxic natural finishing oil for wood that protect indoor air quality And to see more guide page in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...insulation on the exterior of the vapour barrier in order to keep it within the warmer section of the wall assembly. REMOTE wall exterior insulation can be used for home renovations © Ecohome With enough insulation on the exterior of the wall you can also safely add batt insulation in the stud bays to further i...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...insulation , designed by Southern Exposure, provides a thermal bridge-free building envelope that is fast to assemble with minimal work on staging. It keeps the insulation in the same plane as the foundation insulation. Interior face of the Larsen truss wall finished with 7/16’’ oriented strand board [OSB] taped and ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...insulation batts Off-gassing of foam insulation How to prepare for home renovations: Move furniture: Take as much of your furnishings as possible out of the construction zone, certainly any fabric-covered furniture and carpets. Find alternative living arrangements: This is not always possible, but if you can ...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...foam industry. Beyond just couches, chairs, mattresses and pillows, we build our homes with it. EPS and XPS foam are two of the most common insulation materials in the residential housing industry, and they are full of fire retardants, even in applications where there is simply no way they will combust, such as when us...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...insulation: 14" of EPS foam and 7.5" of mineral wool > R 80 Slab on grade insulation: EPS foam and polyurethane > R60 0,57 ACH @ 50 Pa ( Air Changes per Hour at 50 Pascals of pressure) Energy systems: 5400 w photovoltaic solar panels with battery backup Radiant floor heat powered by a high efficiency gas ...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...insulation , or having no insulation at all. Building below grade presents much greater challenges than above grade as walls cannot dry to the outside. Please see our pages on how to prevent mold in basements guide and basement insulation guide guide to further understand this and work on a solution. Dehumidifiers ar...