Roof insulation / Guides

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...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...insulation, or even the complete absence of insulation in some spots. Some insulation materials can settle; other times builders take short cuts and future homeowners pay the price. Depending on the severity of the problem you may want to re-insulate one way or another. It’s best to speak to a professional about this...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...insulation, which has a high embodied energy but superior durability compared to many other insulation materials. It can also be easily disassembled and entirely reusable at the end of the operational life of this home, whenever or if that may come. Compact Home design The full footprint of 1,552 square feet is onl...

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?

...roof; is plywood or OSB best?: In an ideal world you would schedule your roof construction during a dry period if possible. Depending on your roofing design, allow time for membranes to be installed, or at the very least get a tarp on it before it sees any rain. Roofs are probably the better of the applications for O...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...insulation When installed properly, spray foam can help make a house airtight (when first applied); it works as a vapor barrier and it adds a significant level of insulation to a home, further reducing the energy needed for heating and cooling. An all-in-one product for home renovation that provides the insulation, a...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...insulation is right? It depends on your climate and what you'd like to grow. Ask us for some suggestions or a climate analysis of your greenhouse. 3.) Insulate your foundation. Heat can escape through the floor just as it does through the walls and roof. For that reason, it's extremely important to insulate around ...

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 reco...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...insulation is a great way to save money, but be sure to maintain eaves ventilation © Ecohome Attic insulation: The most crucial place to ensure proper insulation for energy saving and money saving is your roof. Older homes may have insufficient insulation and a lot have none. For some homes, blowing a seamless bl...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...roofs , partly due to the fact that containers can withstand heavy loads. They certainly can, but this line of thinking underestimates the properties and strength of wood. You can easily frame a wooden roof to carry the added weight of soil on a green roof, and wood is renewable, usually local, and more sustainably har...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...roof. Thus, in addition to blocking the light, they ended up rotting, so it was therefore necessary to climb on the roof from time to time to clean it, a rather risky endeavour. It was also essential that we kept nearby trees well-pruned, or risk damage from branches that could break and fall under the weight of snow o...

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 , designed by Southern Exposure, provides a thermal bridge-free building envelope that is fast to assemble with minimal work on staging. It keeps the insulation in the same plane as the foundation insulation. Interior face of the Larsen truss wall finished with 7/16’’ oriented strand board [OSB] taped and ...