Green foam insulation / Guides

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 ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...foam insulation sprayed into their walls, a type that was subsequently banned for containing carcinogens. No one could prove the foam was the cause of her cancer specifically, but even as a child I could make the link. After she died, the company sucked the foam back out of the house at its own expense. It’s a wonder...

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 ...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...insulation to the outside of your hot water heater, as well as insulating your hot water pipes. Your hardware store should have 4-foot lengths of foam for your pipes, make sure you get the right dimension. They’re super easy to install and often come with an adhesive that requires simply pulling off the tape and pres...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...insulation isn’t too great and the air permeability is high, then these types of heaters are probably not a great choice for home heating – depending of course on the cost of electric, gas or heating fuel. In cold climate zones , we would always suggest investing in better insulation first, and carrying out an energy a...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...insulation. It would not have been that difficult or expensive to add thicker layers of rigid foam insulation or use a solar heated super insulated passive house floor slab form kit , and I'm fairly sure that it would have been cost-effective to do this upgrade. I guess that one advantage of the current state of things...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...insulation on the exterior, that as well will have a vapour permeability rating that should be considered. As an example, 2 inches of Roxul ComfortBoard is rated between 30 and 40 perms, compared to 2 inches of EPS foam which is about 1 perm, and 2 inches of XPS foam is only about .5 perms. Meaning, by putting 2 inches...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...insulation against frost heave. 'Insulation' does this as well, so laying a rigid foam insulation board down (foam or stone wool) below and around the deck block may reduce the chances of movement from frost heave. Laying down a bed of 3/4" clean crushed stone will also act to prevent frost heave, it just can't have an...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...foam, there must be some medium in which the air and radon can move around below the foam. A layer of crushed stone will do the job as long as the intake is in the stone and not blocked by the foam. Spray foam will go on top of the stone and seal around the stack. If getting a 4 inch-layer of clear stone into your cr...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...insulation, people seem to have better luck with choosing mineral wool/rockwool insulation such as ROCKWOOL rather than choosing rigid foam insulation . There is no conclusive documentation we have found to support this, but the theory we have read is that the stone fibers cut the termite’s exoskeletons, whereas foam p...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...insulation, an airtight building envelope and, if possible, incorporating a passive heating strategy and thermal mass inside the building enclosure. Collectively, those measures will help retain heat much longer than conventionally built homes and, hopefully, long enough until the power returns. Keeping a house warm ...