Category Archives: Miscellaneous

House as a System

Think of your house as a composition of various different components that work together to form a single interdependent system. Heating, cooling, and ventilation components, along with the construction materials and people that live in the house all interact to form this interdependent system. Changes made to one component of a house can affect other components.

For instance, if your house is cold or drafty it is recommended that you eliminate air leaks from the buildings envelope before investing in a high efficiency furnace. Otherwise, the furnace will be constantly running just to maintain a comfortable temperature level.

New high-efficiency windows won’t prevent condensation problems if they are improperly sealed or insulated, the humidifier on the furnace has not been adjusted or if kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans are rarely used or are improperly ventilated.

A properly functioning home incorporates air tightness and good ventilation. Have an NRCan certified energy advisor test your houses’ system for energy efficiency. Any recommendations made will always consider the “house as a system” concept.

Building Science 101

Long gone are the days of constructing a building using any available materials and giving little or no thought to how the different materials interact with each other or the physical environment. Nowadays there’s a real scientific process behind building material selection, design, construction, and maintenance. Regional climate and weather phenomena are also taken into consideration in the design and construction of modern buildings. This new approach is what’s known as ‘Building Science’. Continue reading

A Caring Act of Home Comfort

The Lavery Family understands what we mean when we say “there’s more to insulating than just adding insulation”. Their two children, Errict, 13, and Alex, 9, were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, about five years ago, leaving them battling the most common lethal genetic disease of children worldwide. Banding together with several other companies, Great Northern Insulation set out to help the family with the tremendous expense of retrofitting the Lavery family home to adapt to the boys increasing mobility challenges, and with the goal of improving the comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency of their indoor environment. Continue reading