How insulation works / Guides

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...insulation can result in needing to spend less on heating infrastructure (not to mention significant operational savings as well). Extra insulation is always the route we would suggest first, and which types of insulation, how much, and where to use it is covered here . Losing less heat means you need to add less hea...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...howing the insulated slab forms installation and how the solar heated radiant slab on grade system works here - on the Ecohome Network Youtube channel . Reducing the Carbon footprint of homes To combat climate change and rising global temperatures, it is essential that carbon emissions from homes and buildings be r...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...how it works out and sharing that in the future! See the solar air heated floor being built in the time-lapse install video below. Now you know more about the embodied energy in building materials and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes . Find more pages about sustainable construction and how to r...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...works the way it's supposed to. Sound like a ridiculous idea? Well, that's how we traditionally build custom homes! Yeah - "traditional built" is starting to look very old-fashioned... "Prefab" or "Prefabricated" Homes - to use their full name - have in the past been associated with poor to mediocre quality trailers,...

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

...insulation level slightly and applying that money to a much higher quality window. In Conclusion, How much Insulation is best? Balancing insulation is about respecting the laws of diminishing returns. Example - If I have a wall with just 2 inches of insulation and I add another 2 inches, I will certainly get my mon...

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...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...insulation and the homeowner would get the savings. I'm not trying to rip on developers, that's just the reality of the business. We shop for houses largely based on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage; not many prospective buyers ask existing homeowners to cough up their utility bills, or developers...

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 investment. Insulation between metal studs: Metal studs are becoming more commonplace in residential construction, and not always with great results. Some ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...however, for investing in additional insulation in new homes rather than additional heat generation, so that the heat pump can operate at a more optimal efficiency since less capacity would be required. Also, with the right amount of insulation and a properly designed home for passive solar heat gains, it is even pos...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...how to improve it with ERV & HRV Ventilation systems see HERE . During inspections with remotely operated cameras, some even less appealing discoveries were made, including snakes, insects, dead rodents and their excrement. If you really want to, you can read more about that here . How these flaws can be remedied: ...