Heat loss through air leaks / Guides

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...heat loss: Yes, a bit more heat is lost through the ceiling than the walls, but not nearly as much as much as you might think. The rate of heat loss from an...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...air leakage, heat loss occurs in two ways : 1 - As warm air leaks out it is replaced with cold air, and 2 - if you think of the 'wind chill' effect, a drafty ...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...heat loss due to air transmission and the potential moisture damage from air leaks, air barriers should be getting a lot more attention than they are. Discove...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...heat loss of a home . A blower door test for buildings is a way to measure air leakage but, more importantly, it’s a way to find air leaks and fix them. Fixin...

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

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

...heat loss, reduce air leaks, and as a bonus you'll be able to see outside. Poorly performing windows will also make a home feel drafty and cold when you're ne...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...airtightness in homes and attic rooms. A proper air barrier reduces heat loss in winter, overheating in summer, and prevents moisture build up in walls which ca...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...heated by interior factors, and it freezes again. Air leakage through walls : through ceilings is another common problem as a lot of heat is transported by ai...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...leaks from around windows and doors are the visible result of a poor fitting or sealing job, but that's far from where it ends. If there are air leaks from arou...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...heat loss, and your heating bills. Measuring and designing a home for comfort: A more accurate reading than air temperature for maintaining a comfortable ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...air leaks, so having airtight windows may be only a tube of caulking away. The first step would be determining from where exactly air is leaking. Keep in mind...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...air , making your house feel drafty and increase your heating costs. The issue isn't about durability but rather comfort and cost due to heat and energy loss. ...