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

How insulation works

...How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is and how much you will spend on energy for heating and cooling, and in some respects, how du...

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Balanced insulation levels in a home
Efficient home design

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good

...how they arrived at their conclusions as to how much insulation to put in different locations, and if energy modelling was involved. Choosing th...

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Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...insulation can be very quick if not instantaneous, as added material costs are offset by money saved monthly on heating. The insulation we used here is Roc...

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R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...insulation, their different thermal masses, and the colour of the roof surface. As shown in Figure 2, this analysis demonstrated how the impact of each of these...

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Roxul mineral wool batt insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications

...how walls work is the key to designing well-insulated, airtight and durable wall systems. Cellulose insulation Blowing cellulose insulation in roof...

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Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...insulation. You may lose a couple of inches of interior space, but that space would be more comfortable and you will get a much better return on your insulation...

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Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insu
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter troubleshooting - are you ready for the cold?

...insulation, or even the complete absence of insulation in some spots. Some insulation materials can settle; other times builders take short cuts and future home...

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Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...insulation like spray foam can make the difference. You'd only need to do a strip of maybe a foot or two along the perimeter. Fibrous insulation like cellulose ...

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Spray polyurethane foam on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: how to prevent mould when retrofitting basements

...insulation panels and a 2x4 wall with batt insulation can be a much more affordable option. Rigid insulation board against concrete adds R value, breaks th...

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

How to install windows for the best performance and durability

...insulation can be. 4- Create a durable air seal: low-expanding spray foam is commonly used around windows, which works fine for its insulation value but it...

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Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...works great. In fact, it has been conclusively shown that 67% of people will believe randomly made up statistics, and that number jumps to 72.58% if you in...

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