Insulation / Guides

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 combust, such as when used for below-grade walls and floors. Change is slow but coming: An important advocacy voice in bringing this change comes from, of all p...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...insulation. Into this space a layer of 3.5" Roxul batt insulation was laid down covering the entire bottom of the ceiling cavity. Loose cellulose insulation was then blown in above, mostly filling the 3' space, reaching an estimated R-80 for the ceiling. It was originally specified to be R-60, but there was enough sp...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...insulation with mineral wool here

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...insulation, waterproofing, soundproofing, air barriers and vapour control • high efficiency windows • natural and mechanical ventilation Training city staff: The city has hired Passive House Canada (PHC) to train more than a hundred City of Vancouver staff (plan checkers, rezoning planners, development planners...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...insulation with contemporary techniques and materials not only influences building performance, but brings comfort and well-being as well. © L. McComber – architecture vivante Us: What is Celsius insulated with? L. McC : The igloo is insulated from the noise and cold by 10,000 pounds of recovered clothing loaned to us ...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...insulation [previously there was no insulation] and ample high performance glazing to take advantage of solar gain in the winter and spring. Specific design techniques were employed to increase perceptually and physically the limited interior space—visually by extending the eye outward, and physically by extending th...

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 always heating , so reducing heat requirements is the best way to reduce operational costs. *We say almost always, but as an example, the Ecohome Edelweiss House...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...insulation and spray foam insulation have always had a bad rap in the green home construction industry, and not without good reason , but the true problem is not what most people think. A brief pause here while I slip on the Kevlar vest I wear when I defend foam insulation in the green building community… The actual ...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...insulation and high levels or air leakage, occupants are left with almost no affordable option in some cases other than to heat with gas. So, what if homes were built better? What if new homes were so well-insulated and airtight that they use very little heat? What if the heating bills were so low that the premium ...

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 lot of tiny, interconnected air pockets in it that will absorb moisture and other contaminants, and stain easily. It will also endlessly release dust into the air...

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

...insulation to keep that free heat. Further to that, the house is powered by solar panels, and heated by a woodstove and radiant floors warmed by a propane boiler. A double exterior wall system reduces heat loss to a fraction of what you would expect from most other new houses being built. Off Grid Hom...