How does insulation work / Guides

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...insulation panels down at the local hardware store and screw them to your walls, but unless you understand how your existing walls are built and how they "work" in terms of keeping moisture, heat and cold where they should be for durability, the insulation panels might not be the only things you're screwing up! Addin...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...insulation. More on roof insulation here. Does it pass the smell test? No, really, does it? All homes will have a certain scent that is due partly to the habits of previous owners, but also the mechanical systems, building materials, and how it was built in the first place. Were the previous occupants smokers? Do y...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...hown that working from home may actually boost productivity and morale while lowering absenteeism. And yet working from home also has its challenges. How does one manage to separate 'work' time from 'family/home' time? In the midst of our personal lives, how do we focus on the work at hand without being distracted? ...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...does that is beyond suspect. There may be some value in it's ability to reflect heat away from a building when applied to the exterior, though there are many sensible alternatives that for sure work. The big ruse here is when it's promoted as an alternative to insulation when applied to the interior of a building, or...

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

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...insulation. Wires to melt ice dams are a solution, but hardly an energy efficient one, make this a last resort! Fibrous insulation like cellulose and fiberglass insulation range around R3-4 per inch where spray foam is closer to R6 per inch. The high ecological cost that comes with spray foam stops us from re...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...work and get your house working in top order. and if you are one of the masses that prefer watching to reading, then check out our YouTube channel home renovation DIY videos . How to insulate attics properly When to replace old windows when renovating and when to repair them How much insulation does a basement ...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...hows that EPS foam acts as a vapour barrier (1 perm) at 2 inches or thicker. Rock wool insulation batts on basement walls © Ecohome Rock wool (mineral wool) boards are an alternative product you can use and they are made from recycled stone dust, so it does not burn and does not need to be covered for fire prot...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...How to choose between an ERV & HRV system for basement ventilation & Mold prevention - EcoHome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide 'How to build basements that don't stink' - Dr. John Staube, University of Waterloo

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...How to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation ? - Ecohome Guide Best practices for basement construction - Ecohome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-on-grade Foundation more Eco...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...work on sound proofing. See our video here on how to soundproof a mechanical room for a slab on grade . Plumbing and electrical: this is really the only thing that doesn’t have an easy work-around in a slab on grade foundation. Plumbing and electrical lines embedded in concrete aren’t going to move, so….plan ahead! D...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-on-grade Foundation more Eco-Friendly than a Basement? - EcoHome Discussions