Insulation & Soundproofing

Materials and install techniques for insulation and sound reduction

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Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

A new manufacturer of hemp insulation products sets up shop in Quebec - Hemp being a great Green Building alternative to traditional insulation materials… Hemp insulation manufactured in Canada! Nature Fibres is a young company based in the town of Asbestos, Quebec, which began manufacturing hemp insulation in the win…

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam

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

Foam blowing agents long ago stopped harming ozone, that switch had a huge impact on climate. That problem has now been solved.… New blowing agents for spray foam coming by the end of 2017 Foam insulation is a petroleum-based product and nothing will change that. But that was never the biggest problem the 'eco' buildi…

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate

Does 'insulating paint' work?

No, it doesn't work. Don't buy the hype about insulating paint, this is snake oil in its truest form.… No matter that engineers and architects long ago debunked it, insulating paint still occasionally finds its way into buildings. Powdered ceramic chips that can be added to any paint are said to reflect heat in or out…

Installing soundproofing batts in interior partition walls

Soundproofing interior walls-video

How to reduce sound transmission through interior partition walls… The key to building smaller homes which don't sacrifice quality of life is ensuring that they are designed to make the best use of their space no matter how limited. However, you must also ensure that there is sufficient privacy by eliminating unwante…

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

Rigid foam insulation boards are different. Choose carefully between Polyisocyanurate, EPS & XPS or Mineral Wool & Hemp as the wrong choice can reduce insulation performance & cause mold & rot in building envelope's.… Polyisocyanurate (PIR), Extruded Polystyrene (XPS), Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or Styrofoam? When bui…

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

Installing 8 inches of Roxul mineral wool below a concrete slab floor… Insulating below slab-on-grade foundations Why insulate under a slab on grade foundation? For comfort, and to save money, that's why! In many areas Building Code has fallen behind common sense on what specification of insulation to use under a slab…

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

Basements in Canada & USA face serious challenges: fluctuating water tables, surface floods, thermal shock, radon gas infiltration, condensation, mold, mildew, rotting walls and heat loss. Better basements manage these issues.… The most common practices currently employed for finishing basement interiors as living spa…

Basement wall insulation

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

The importance of properly insulating basements cannot be stressed enough. Uninsulated basements and poorly insulated basements can be responsible for as much as 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home.…   Insulating a basement is a great idea if it wasn't insulated when built, as before we began insulating foundation wa…

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

Before attempting to improve a wall or floor, it is essential to assess the situation to try to identify the major cause of the inadequate sound isolation. Unnecessary alterations can be a waste effort and money.… The first step to controlling sound transmission in buildings is assessing the situation. What kind of no…

Understanding sound transmission in homes

Understanding sound transmission in buildings

Sound transmission in multi-unit dwellings and single family homes can affect quality of life. Learn how to prevent it.… Before embarking on any structural changes, it is most important to understand that the sound isolation between two homes is not determined only by the common wall or floor. All the other parts of t…

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.

How insulation works

Understanding how insulation works is best achieved by first understanding the way heat loss occurs in homes.… Insulation slows the rate of heat transfer, helping keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer. How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is and how much you will spend on energy…

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Cellulose Environmentally Friendly Rigid Foam Insulation Panels

Cellulose rigid foam board insulation - the environmentally-friendly styrofoam replacement?

A new environmentally-friendly rigid foam insulation board made from cellulose nanocrystals is a viable alternative to Styrofoam - according to researchers at WSU… Current rigid foam insulation panel choices It would probably not come as a surprise to many people to hear that fiberglass insulation and rigid foam board…

A building made from K-Tect’s foam and steel structural insulated pane

A New High Performance Wall System Makes Inroads Into the Ottawa Construction Market

With the help of The Healthiest Home in Ottawa, a couple in Aylmer, Quebec are the first in the National Capital Region to build a home with an innovative wall panel system from a U.S. company called K-Tect.… Brian Allemekinders and Deidre Yukich say that despite their new home being twice the size of their previous h…

USGBC Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year Earthship Farmstead

Kaplan Thompson Earthship Farmstead home receives high praise from the USGBC

The Wallace Residence, also known as the Earthship Farmstead, was named Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council…   Editors note: This home has been named 'Earthship' but is not an official Earthship trademarked by Earthship Global.  From the USGBC : Outstanding Single Family Home …

Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declared by UK Architects

UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

Buildings & Construction play a major part in climate change & biodiversity loss - nearly 40% of CO2 emissions - EcoHome signed the Pledge… Climate change & biodiversity loss are a fact - so what can we do? Climate change & biodiversity loss are the most serious issues we can have a positive impact on by changing some…

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