Insulation / Guides

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-free wall assembly for a basement application - read on! Rigid insulation board against concrete adds R value, breaks the thermal bridge and raises the temper...

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 from monthly savings on utilities and a greater future resale value, putting more money into insulation means putting less into heating and cooling. There will of ...

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

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

...insulation means the temperature of the concrete will be determined by the temperature of the ground or air outside. With some types of insulation this can allow warm, moist air to condense on the cold concrete. Having no insulation at all does not eliminate these issues; you are also at risk, just not to the same ex...

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...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...insulation, it is actually the opposite. You wouldn't say "I don't need to insulate my roof much, because I'll be heating the air in my house". Read more here about the importance of balancing insulation for energy efficiency. Heating a floor increases the temperature differential between the concrete and the ground ...

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...

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-absorbing material in the cavity. increasing the distance between studs or joists increasing the distance between resilient metal channels Some of the fa...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...insulation to stop warm, moist air from condensing on a cold surface inside your wall. In cold climates like Canada, for most of the year the vapor barrier should be on the inside of the insulation. In hot climates like the southern U.S. for example, vapor barrier should be installed on the outside of the insulation,...

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 measures, programmable thermostat and weatherization services (e.g., insulation and air sealing). Adaptive Thermostat program for Enbridge customers that offers partic...

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...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

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

...insulation, and after forms were removed, that wood was used for framing. Slab-on-grade forms © Ecohome 3. Plumbing and mechanical infrastructure All plumbing infrastructure (water pipes, drains, radon stack, central vac, power conduits, etc.) was put in place next, below the coming insulation and concrete....