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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 . A photovoltaic solar array on the roof feeds electricity to the grid via the Strata corporation’s [an ownership model in BC similar to condominium ownershi...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...Insulation Products, Like Hemp Insulation panels or Batt Insulation or mineral wool - demonstrated here in roof insulation . Polyisocyanurate Foam Panels: PIR, polyiso, or ISO, is a thermoset plastic product typically produced as a foam and used as rigid thermal insulation panel - most often with aluminum foil faci...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...insulation levels and attaching exterior wall insulation successfully. Larsen trusses with cellulose or batt insulation A Larsen truss wall is one with engineered I-joists attached to the outside of a stud or brick wall, which then creates a cavity that can be filled with additional insulation . You can add batt in...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...insulation techniques listed here are designed to offer the most sensible and durable options for interior insulation, exterior insulation, or ideally, a combination of both. These assemblies have been designed to prevent moisture infiltration over the service life of a building, along with allowing the original mois...

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 ...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...insulation on the exterior of the vapour barrier in order to keep it within the warmer section of the wall assembly. REMOTE wall exterior insulation can be used for home renovations © Ecohome With enough insulation on the exterior of the wall you can also safely add batt insulation in the stud bays to further i...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...roof peak as well. Note the type and depth of insulation. More on roof insulation here. Does it pass the smell test? No, really, does it? All homes will have a certain scent that is due partly to the habits of previous owners, but also the mechanical systems, building materials, and how it was built in the first pl...

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 climate. In contrast, a skylight will probably be rated somewhere between R3 and R5 if you're lucky. That is a seriously weak link in the chain. Since a skylight w...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...insulation and air tightness. Standard heating is by way of an electric radiator, which is a highly efficient way to heat a small, independent and highly insulated space. 'Pods' can be fitted with small wood stoves as well. The fibreglass insulation used is made from recycled glass. The roof-light provides a high...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...roof-reflected sunlight on the rear side, consisting of 25 modules generating a total of 7 kW, is connected to grid (no batteries). The high-reflectance exposed roof membrane directs sunlight to the rear face of the PV modules and also reduces the heat island effect. Wrapping the exterior of the insulated wood-frame ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...insulation to the exterior. Mineral wool batts have higher R value than fiberglass, and they are much easier to cut and install properly. To discover the appropriate use of insulation, see our guide to insulation, here . Prefab homes: Prefab home construction image via Wikimedia In years past Pre-fab homes ...