Installing insulation / Guides

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?

...Installing R19 batts of insulation with R5 wood studs on either side results in a wall that performs closer to R13 or even lower, depending on the amount of stu...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...installing asphalt shingles, expect to replace them an easy 4 or 5 times over the lifespan of a building. Watch the video covering Green Roof insulation with ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...insulation: To slow the movement of heat from inside to out in cold months. This is your insulation. It also helps keep heat out of the interior in summer. ...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...installing solar panels. Installing home battery systems: In the earlier days of off-grid home construction and home power storage, the only home battery op...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...insulation, even in problem areas. Install a polyethylene air / vapour barrier over the entire insulation area. In some cases, a coat of closed-cell spray foa...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...insulation panels and a 2x4 wall with batt insulation can be a much more affordable option - but you need to know the right techniques for a succesful and mold-...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...insulation to R15 or R20 (or more) will make floors much more comfortable and reduce heating costs. The added cost for additional floor insulation can be paid b...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

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

...insulation: First clear the space as much as possible so you have room to move around. Ensure there won't be any problems with bulk water accumulation by inst...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...Installing insulation After all the plumbing was in place, 8 inches of rigid insulation was installed - Rockwool underneath the slab and on the vertical exter...

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 for the right application Once you determine the approximate amount of insulation you want to install on exterior walls and the type(s) of insulati...

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

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...insulation can be. Create a durable air seal: low-expanding spray foam is commonly used around windows, which works fine for its insulation value but it is no...