The buzz and concerns around energy efficiency have led to lots of questions:
What insulation should I use to be most responsible? To be most comfortable? To save the most money? Is insulation the whole answer? What about air barriers and vapour barriers and ventilation? Is R-value really the way to judge insulation?
Where does insulation (in its many varieties) fit in creating the comfort, durability and energy efficiency of your home now and for as long as you live in your home?
Why do you need to know?
It’s your home. Your decision. And that decision should only be based on lowest price if that is your key goal (not the contractor’s).
Air Quality, Sound Dampening, Comfort, Energy Efficiency
Why is there so much question about the “right” way or the “best” way to insulate?
There are two reasons for the confusion: the source of the information and the variability of needs based on region. Most information out there is created by the suppliers themselves and includes a significant amount of bias.
In Ontario we need to insulate to Ontario Building Code and for a cold climate but much of the information you will find when you google is from the United States where there is huge range of zones.
There is no one right or best way to insulate. There are minimum standards then better and best ways to insulate and budget considerations to take into account.
At Eco Insulation we help you see what will get you “Just to Code”, and why and where you might want to go “Beyond Code” to achieve a more comfortable, healthier home.
Ontario Building Code is slowly forcing builders and homeowners along the path to truly energy efficient homes… Net Zero Ready. Net Zero Ready homes are so efficient that if you add a source of power creation such as solar they will be producing as much energy as they use.
|Built to Code – Good||Added Air Sealing – Better||Air Tight and Efficient – Best|
|Built to code is a simple package of batt & poly walls (above and below grade) and blown in attic insulation to R-50 or R-60||All homes benefit from spray foam in the headers and soffit area. This eliminates a significant amount of air infiltration. No Wind Wash Guarantee on this package (and “Best” package)||Your best solution though is to use Spray Foam to seal up all potential cracks and crannies to completely control your building envelope. Also ask about our Hot Roof solution for Conditioned Attics.|
You may want to consider:
| Batt for sound control in interior walls and floors.
||Spray Foam Under slab prevents moisture and radon.
|Legend: Batt Blown Cellulose Spray Foam|
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