Insulation / Guides

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...

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 b...

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, timber frame or drywall. And frankly, that sucks! So Why are basements Moldy & Damp? 1) The National Building Code now insists on basement insul...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...insulation is installed outside of that. Stud cavities are still insulated with batts, but the majority of insulation is on the outside of the sheathing, this...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...insulation to hang onto that precious heat. Passive cooling comes from the insulation as well, in that not only does it stop heat from leaving your house in w...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...insulation and dense-packed cellulose insulation insulation, FSC-certified engineered hardwood floors and the solid surface countertops made from recycled glass...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...insulation , or natural insulation such as Hemp , how wood structures compare to steel & concrete for carbon footprint, or learn about Passive House prefab kit ...

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 ...

Understanding sound transmission in homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Understanding sound transmission in buildings

...insulation a construction can provide. During the design of a building, all possible flanking paths must be considered and steps taken to minimize their effec...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...insulation in new homes rather than additional heat generation, so that the heat pump can operate at a more optimal efficiency since less capacity would be requ...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

Material choices for window frames: Window frames can be made from a variety of materials offering different levels of performance and insulation values. Air...