Category Archives: Insulation

Ontario Government to Fund Retrofitting for Community Housing

In Ontario, the provincial government recently announced funding that the City of Toronto would use to retrofit community-housing buildings that are aging, and extremely inefficient in terms of energy consumption. While there’s always a need for more government funding, these efforts are designed to accommodate retrofitting for about fifty buildings. The funding is associated with the Green Investment Fund of Ontario and is therefore earmarked for energy-saving projects. Continue reading

When is the Best Time to Insulate the Home?

There’s much to consider when deciding on home insulation – much more than just deciding which product is best for the job. And while cost and installation are important factors, timing is a factor that many homeowners seem to overlook. Clearly, a professional insulation contractor will be available throughout the year, and will even install on short notice. But at the same time, it’s worth considering the big picture, and planning an insulation project with some foresight. Continue reading

New Liberal Budget Focuses on Retrofitting Social Housing

In the new budget from the federal Liberals, there is increased funding for affordable housing. And although the total amount of investment is not clear, affordable housing advocates confirm that there is support for renovating, retrofitting, and eventually building. Apparently, in the first two years of funding, money will be targeted at renovating existing social housing that is quickly aging and in dire need of repairs. The idea here is that short-term investment will buy valuable time for the federal government to construct a longer-term plan for social housing. Continue reading

Visually Inspecting a Home for Air Leakage

For a typical homeowner, indoor drafts and strange pockets of airflow are usually obvious. And while the location of the source may not be clear, the discomfort is definitely clear. Obvious or not, finding the source of air leaks is the first step in resolving the problem.  Doors and windows are certainly prone to drafts, but it’s the spots that are more hidden that need to be identified. Continue reading