Home heat loss / Guides

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!"

...heating costs. The issue isn't about durability but rather comfort and cost due to heat and energy loss. Positive air pressure in a home in summer will force ...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...home can noticeably reduce heat loss by acting as a wind barrier. If you have small ones that will soon be meeting the axe, see about replanting them to the nor...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The acronym: E - Energy efficient - a high performance home must comprise efficient energy systems ...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...home, it will still be necessary to insulate all four sides of a shipping container being converted for housing or risk significant heat loss through thermal br...

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

...heated, which provides a very comfortable and even distribution of heat throughout a home. A large volume of heated concrete inside a building envelope will act...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...homes is heat security, as extreme weather events in cold months routinely drive residents from their homes for lack of power and heat. Homes that are better si...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...heat loss of a home. The lack of fresh air leaking in and out when building green homes means radon now collects in homes at higher concentrations and it has be...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home . There are,...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...heating load is carried by the heat coming in the windows, with energy modeling suggesting that about 30% of the house's total heat load is being passively prov...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...homes and attic rooms. A proper air barrier reduces heat loss in winter, overheating in summer, and prevents moisture build up in walls which can lead to mould ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...heat loss and moisture damage caused by condensation in walls. A thermal control layer, or insulation: To slow the movement of heat from inside to out in co...