Home insulation / Guides

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...home for human comfort, to learn how to carry that out, read here about the importance of balancing insulation , avoiding thermal bridges , and how much insulation a basement needs . The Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages have all the information you need to build healthy, energy-efficient and resilient home s .

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for 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...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...homes. How Aerobarrier works: Using standard blower-door testing equipment, a house is pressurized to between 50 and 100 Pascals. Aerosol nozzles are placed through the home which then spray Aerobarrier water-based liquid acrylic sealant. The elastic particles in Aerobarrier are non-toxic and low in VOCs; they also...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...home design, and how to heat homes with the heat of sun, see here , for a finely engineered solution to high performance homes check out all you need to know about Passive House certification here from North America's favorite no-nonsense Green Building Website, EcoHome

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...home and accessed by an interior door (which can also be used as a solarium and which are incorporated in Earth-ships with varying levels of success in cold climates ), and free-standing greenhouses that are intended primarily for cultivating plants and food. In this article, we have spoken to three different owner/bui...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...Insulation to reduce heat loss: When planning a pool, think insulation . All pool designs, including a Natural pool or swimming pond , can benefit by incorporating some rigid panel insulation under and around the structure of a pool to save energy and costs in the long run. Regardless of where you are in the USA or C...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...insulation combinations to minimize building energy consumption, though increased insulation will probably be the best option in most cases. The Big Picture: Energy While insulation R-values are important, what really matters is energy consumption. To assess the impact of different roof insulation types on whole bu...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...homes Preventing mold when you insulate your basement 'Smart' sewage backup flood prevention devices & Alarms Rainwater management & water-permeable landscaping Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecoho...

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 ...

Installing soundproofing batts in interior partition walls
Insulation and soundproofing

Soundproofing interior walls-video

...homes which don't sacrifice quality of life is ensuring that they are designed to make the best use of their space no matter how limited. However, you must also ensure that there is sufficient privacy by eliminating unwanted sound transmission through walls. In this way, smaller homes can give the illusion of greater d...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...insulation in Canada & USA How to choose eco-friendly, healthy, durable floors See this 90 year old reclaimed red pine floor refinished with zero VOC floor oil Rice based formaldehyde free MDF alternatives Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, ...