Insulation & Soundproofing

Materials and install techniques for insulation and sound reduction


Hemp insulation in Canada

A new manufacturer of hemp insulation sets up shop in Quebec

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.

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.

Installing soundproofing batts in interior partition walls

Soundproofing interior walls-video

How to reduce sound transmission through interior partition walls

Installing foam panels in ceiling

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

Rigid foam boards are not all the same. You will need to choose between polyisocyanurate, EPS and XPS. Choosing wrong may lead to premature failure of your b...

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

Installing 8 inches of Roxul mineral wool below a concrete slab floor

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

Basements in Canada face serious challenges: fluctuating water tables, surface floods, thermal shock, radon gas infiltration, condensation, mold, mildew, rot...

Basement wall insulation

How much insulation does a basement need?

The importance of properly insulating basements cannot be stressed enough. Uninsulated basements and poorly insulated basements can be responsible for as muc...

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. U...

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.

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.

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