Insulation / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...insulation if there is no food source to attact them, so always build homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foundation, it would l...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...insulation types change with temperature, with the polyisocyanurate [polyiso] demonstrating a more significant response. The polyiso i...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...insulation value of R-56. Foundations: All three foundations will be constructed using I CF blocks with an additional interior wall for extra insulation. ...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...insulation projects where new insulation covers up ventilation access. If you discover you have ice in the attic, the 3 things to check first are: Humidity ...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...insulation. Wires to melt ice dams are a solution, but hardly an energy efficient one, make this a last resort! Fibrous insulation like cellulose and ...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...insulation in a new build or renovation. Try to think of the right choice of insulation more as something that will save money rather than cost money. Aside fro...

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 coul...

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...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...insulation to use under a slab , It is common to install as little as R5 insulation below slab floors, making that about the weakest point in a building envelop...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...insulation. eliminating all solid connections between each face of the wall or floor increasing the cavity depth increasing the thickness of the sound-abs...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...insulation.​ Home Winterproofing and Weatherization programs that provide eligible low-income households with a free home assessment, water conservation measure...