Insulation / Guides

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...insulation, it can be a bit noisy when it rains. Many people quite like that feature, myself included. Lifespan and cost: A well-installed metal roof will easily 50 years and probably much longer. It is 2-3 times the cost of asphalt but will probably be the only roof covering you ever install. 3. Wooden roof (cedar...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...insulation and high quality tapes to insulate and seal windows rather than spray foam. Using or disposing of old building materials: Re-using or repurposing building materials, where it makes sense. Use old boards as strapping as long as there are enough, that they are of good quality, and they are cons...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...insulation with mineral wool here

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...

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...

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 ...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...insulation and air tight building envelope just like Passive House design. Legalett's existing radiant floor heating process consists of a closed-loop network of 4-inch tubes running through the concrete with a heater box embedded directly in the floor. In this case, added to that system are 6-inch tubes (seen in vid...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...insulation is still visible), you can still register. Can additions be LEED certified? Additions to existing homes are not eligible for registration . Expansions that have their own street address may be considered, provided they form an independent property and residence. Who can help me meet LEED requirements? ...

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...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Insulation levels are almost twice the standards required under Part 11 of the Quebec Building Code Wood fiber insulation boards on the exterior as a continuous insulation layer Chosen High-Performance Wall Brands : Dörken Delta membranes Climatizer Insulation, high density cellulose insulation High-efficie...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...insulation with membranes attached, or sheathing with foam insulation attached, as seen in the image above of the corner of a house under construction. It doesn't appear such products conform with the requirements laid out in section 9.25.2.1 of the Building Code, which says that 20% of the total insulation should be...