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

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...paints containing [insulating additives] are making claims that defy the laws of physics. " - Alex Wilson "There is poetic justice to a story in which a distributor of “insulatingpaint ends up shivering during the winter and sweating during the summer because of the ineffectiveness of his worthless paint." - Martin...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...paint as vapour retarder. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE Interior insulation only: mineral wool board or EPS foam as thermal break against concrete wall 2x4 stud wall with mineral wool batts in cavities drywall with latex paint as vapour retarder. Note: Not having proper exterior moist...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...paint; 2x4 stud wall at 24 centres as wiring chase, with mineral wool batts R 14; polyethylene air/vapour barrier; 2x8 stud wall at 24" centres with mineral wool batts R 28; 1"1/4 exterior mineral wool board R5; plywood sheathing; house wrap; strapping; cement board siding. The ceiling is a mix of R...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...paint it with a latex paint only. This technique of rigid and batt insulation may require a few more steps, but it can offer you a greater R value per dollar invested than SPUF and it allows you to do a lot more (or all) of the work yourself. For reasons beyond just performance, we prefer mineral wool or EPS over...

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

...insulating-glass glazing units and windows . Window flashing detail in a high-performance home with exterior insulation © Glen Sakuth Angled bottom sills: by building your sills on a slight angle out, any water that finds its way in will be directed to the exterior. Window flashings: after wrapping weather ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...Insulating Technologies can capture 7 tons of CO2. So far so good… Managing moisture levels in a home Here is one of the benefits of hemp and grass insulation – they both have the ability to safely store higher levels of moisture than most materials . This can be a hard concept to grasp at first, so think of it the...

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

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

...paint it with a latex paint only. This technique of rigid and batt insulation may require a few more steps, but it can offer you a greater R value per dollar invested than SPUF and it allows you to do a lot more (or all) of the work yourself. For reasons beyond just performance, we prefer mineral wool or EPS over...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...insulating paint . You won't find us feeding you fluffy pseudo science here. As a global community, all we can do to protect ourselves from runaway climate change is to weigh all the variables and make the most informed decisions possible while we balance quality of life with reducing our personal carbon footprint. ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...paint schemes, and conspicuous consumer upgrades. For a granola type like me, this was extreme. But no one would call me crazy. I’d feel so normal. I could forget that it’s often these carelessly-built tract homes, even if built “to code,” that develop mould within twenty years . When I was 8 years old my friend Chan...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...painting large areas of wall then all that has to dry, and this moisture goes straight into the interior air unless the space is well ventilated. Be sure to choose zero VOC paints , or it's even easy to make VOC free paint, find out how here , and choose nice weather for internal painting so the windows can be flung wi...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...paint are applied, to both sides, so your job is simply to cut the siding to length, paint the ends, and install it. A reputable company will give your siding a warranty up around 15 years, and potentially up to 30 years if you apply a coat of paint within that first 15 years. If you prefer to paint your wood siding ...