insolation / Guides

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?

...insolation (ie. can sun get to the roof) you will have either frost or water collecting. A little bit of frost forming is not unusual after really low nighttime temperatures, and it isn't a huge problem if it is able to melt and evaporate so that the wood can dry. However, it becomes a more serious problem when the q...

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

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...insolation of the home - which means how much sun it will get and therefore how much passive solar gain a home can hope for . Climate zones in USA & Canada are important when building homes But the principles of building science remain the same in all climate zones ; in relation to moisture movement though walls, a...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...insolation (how much sun exposure a home gets,) source of power (renewable / fossil fuel), as well as the local cost of various types of insulation. See here to find your climate zone . So, it is important to view the National Building Code for what it really is – the bottom rung of performance that must be achieved ...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...Insolation" , not to be confused with "Insulation!" At the same time it’s also ideal to have a pool in an area shielded from the wind, as wind on the surface of a pool creates ripples or small waves. Heat loss through evaporation is an interaction of water temperature, air temperature, humidity, and surface area of the...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...Insolation - yep, that's spelt correctly - what we mean is how much sun does the lot get, and at what times of the day throughout the year? A beautiful lot on a north facing hillside amongst non-deciduous trees, or an urban lot that's to the north side of high or mid-rise buildings, is going to spend most of it's life ...