choosing insulation / Guides

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...insulation value it might have would be ineffective if you install it properly, which includes an air space between it and your main wall system. Pros of acrylic wall coverings: Performs well against pests and mold and it's quite versatile. Cons of acrylic wall coverings : High pollution and embodied energy in th...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...choosing the best winter outfit will vary between Florida and Alaska. Homes in cold, humid climates require a vapor barrier on the warm side of the insulation to prevent moisture from rotting walls, whereas with air-conditioned homes in Florida, the vapor barrier goes on the outside of walls. If you assemble your wall ...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...Choosing interior doors: Reclaimed doors Pros : Reusing materials diverts waste from landfills and reduces manufacturing, shipping and foresting. Depending on the quality and supplier, you may be able to save some money. However the reverse can be true and you might find yourself being charged an 'antique' price,...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...insulation panel, and the interior of the walls contains dense-packed cellulose insulation finished in the model house with a beautiful VOC & Formaldehyde-free plywood instead of drywall. When affordable prefabricated eco homes are Architect-designed, the difference is easy to see Energy-efficient performance ...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...insulation is installed outside of that. Stud cavities are still insulated with batts, but the majority of insulation is on the outside of the sheathing, this way the vapour control layer is sandwiched between layers of insulation where it can perform best in a wildly varying climate like we have in Canada. There a...

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

...insulation value, they will act as a thermal bridge , and quickly draw the heat out of the solarium. In short, heat accumulated during the day will be lost at night, and the overall energy balance will often amount to a net heat loss rather than the commonly advertised net heat gain. Durability is also a serious conc...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...insulation, why in the world would we put any insulation in our walls at all?" - Jon Eakes Learn all about real insulation here , in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...Insulation Because mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials, rotting wood, disintegrating drywall, costing the homeowner money for remedial work and potentially reducing a home’s val...

Green Home Design - What makes a city livable
Choosing where to live

What makes a green home livable to you?

...insulation do I need in green home construction? Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Why building a sustainable home is the best financial choice Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn more about the benefits of a free ...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...insulation combinations to minimize building energy consumption, though increased insulation will probably be the best option in most cases. The Big Picture: Energy While insulation R-values are important, what really matters is energy consumption. To assess the impact of different roof insulation types on whole bu...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...insulation to the exterior under the finish, along with an ERV or HRV unit for ventilation, as a way to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter while saving a ton of money. Remember, Insulation is the gift that keeps on giving, long after that fancy new central air conditioning system needs major servicing...