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4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...insulation currently on the market. The installation of spray foam requires the mixing of chemicals on site, and that reaction generates a lot of heat. So spr...

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 . You can add batt insulation, dense pack cellulose, rigid insulation panels or spray foam if you choose (spray foam is our least favorite but it can...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...insulation projects where new insulation covers up ventilation access. If you discover you have ice in the attic, the 3 things to check first are: Humidity ...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...insulation, timber frame or drywall. And frankly, that sucks! So Why are basements Moldy & Damp? 1) The National Building Code now insists on basement insul...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...insulation like cellulose and fiberglass insulation range around R3-4 per inch where spray foam is closer to R6 per inch. The high ecological cost that comes wi...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...spray foam due to the emissions associated with it (with exceptions for eco-friendly spray foams) but this is one place where it can make a lot of sense. Spra...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...insulation can be. Create a durable air seal: low-expanding spray foam is commonly used around windows, which works fine for its insulation value but it is no...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...insulation’ and honestly, there is rarely one single right answer. In that spirit, I wanted to take a closer look at EPS foam insulation or ‘Styrofoam insulat...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...insulation and flooring etc, you will often get lucky. Reclaimed foam insulation boards © Michel Chenier As an example, the ab...

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 r...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...insulation Cellulose rigid foam insulation is a greener choice than styrofoam UPDATE: A new environmentally-friendly rigid foam insulation board made fr...