Installing insulation / 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 levels and attaching exterior wall insulation successfully. Larsen trusses with cellulose or batt insulation A Larsen truss wall is one with engineered I-joists attached to the outside of a stud or brick wall, which then creates a cavity that can be filled with additional insulation . You can add batt in...

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 (Roxul Comfortboard) makes leveling and placing windows quite easy. It is somewhat compressible and it holds its R value when compressed, and it isn't harmed by moisture the way fiberglass insulation can be. Create a durable air seal: low-expanding spray foam is commonly used around windows, which works fi...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...Insulation Products, Like Hemp Insulation panels or Batt Insulation or mineral wool - demonstrated here in roof insulation . Polyisocyanurate Foam Panels: PIR, polyiso, or ISO, is a thermoset plastic product typically produced as a foam and used as rigid thermal insulation panel - most often with aluminum foil faci...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...installing perimeter insulation underground. This also connects the greenhouse to the thermal mass of the soil underground, which you can use to heat and cool the greenhouse via a Ground to Air Heat Transfer system. Learn how to insulate your foundation here . Foundation skirt insulation © Bang On Pho...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...insulation forms, interior floor insulation and reinforcement mesh as per engineering specifications. If you are installing in-floor radiant heating, be sure to have it designed by engineer to properly locate the heating delivery system so as not to affect the structural integrity of the slab. Raft slab Installat...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...insulation is too much in an attic? What does ‘diminishing returns’ for insulation mean? It's as simple as this - adding one inch of insulation to a wall that has only one inch of insulation is certainly well worth the investment, in any climate. Adding one inch of insulation to a wall that has 5 inches of insula...

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 ...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...insulation , designed by Southern Exposure, provides a thermal bridge-free building envelope that is fast to assemble with minimal work on staging. It keeps the insulation in the same plane as the foundation insulation. Interior face of the Larsen truss wall finished with 7/16’’ oriented strand board [OSB] taped and ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...insulation around slabs and foundations prevents concrete from freezing © CMHC Skirt insulation is a very simple and cost-effective solution that could (and should) be applied to basement foundations as well, as it would help reduce heat loss by keeping basement walls at a much higher temperature. In additi...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...insulation, house wrap, even the polyethylene we normally install as a vapour barrier can act as an effective air barrier, but only if you set out with that in mind and properly seal it. The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers © Ecohome What the above diagram attempts to illustr...

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 mineral wool here