Insulation / Guides

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...insulation , or having no insulation at all. Building below grade presents much greater challenges than above grade as walls cannot dry to the outside. Please s...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...insulation starting around R40, and finding them as high as R60 and R70 is not that unusual anymore, nor is that much insulation overkill in a really cold clima...

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 begins with the foundation, where 9’’ of type II and III expanded polystyrene [EPS] panel insulation placed below the slab was designed to also serve...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...insulation) as well as appliances and energy systems. With this information and a blower door test to determine how airtight your building envelope is, informat...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...insulation . Windows are triple-glazed with Low-e coatings for maximum performance and UV protection of interior finishes and furniture. If living in 750...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...insulation, airtight construction techniques , highly efficient mechanical systems and photovoltaic power generation . These systems and design features work to...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...insulation materials in the residential housing industry, and they are full of fire retardants, even in applications where there is simply no way they will comb...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...insulation: To slow the movement of heat from inside to out in cold months. This is your insulation. It also helps keep heat out of the interior in summer. ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...insulation and orientation: An efficient and resilient home is one that uses minimal energy to heat, light and run appliances. The biggest draw is *almost alw...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...insulation a concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concrete floors: Raw concrete is very porous and will have a lo...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...insulation out of the attic to change it or to stuff more in. The structure, everything you can't see behind the paint and finish, is the most important part of...