In North America, air leakage in and around the home is the main cause of higher-than-average energy consumption. This results in high natural gas bills and high hydro bills. On the flip-side, a well-sealed home is a home that is energy efficient. Simply put, energy efficiency results in reduced utility bills. In winter, air leakage can quickly turn into high gas bills for heating. And in summer, air leakage could result in high hydro bills for air conditioning. Either way, wasted energy is money down the drain. Continue reading →
Just two weeks ago, Great Northern Insulation partnered with Doug Tarry Homes to build a net-zero ready home in just three days for Project HOPE. From June 9 – 11, over 600 volunteers from the St. Thomas region came together to assist in building this Net Zero Ready home. Proceeds from the Project HOPE build will support the family of Johnny Nooren, a local community ambassador who passed away of cancer last summer.
We’ll have lots of content coming in the weeks and months to come, but for now enjoy this great video by the Canadian Home Builder’s Association, where Doug Tarry of Doug Tarry Homes is interviewed by Sonja Winkelmann, CHBA Director of Net Zero Energy Housing!
So, what is a Net Zero Ready home? Net Zero Ready is a name given to homes that are so energy efficient, they are able to produce as much energy as it can produce from on-site renewable sources. That means that the home built by Doug Tarry in just three days is so air tight and so well insulated that it is optimized to the point where, if solar panels were added, it would be able to produce as much energy as it uses. And it was built in only three days!
One of the most negative dynamics in a residential home is air leakage – it has more negative effect on home energy efficiency than anything else. From a professional perspective, a home must be sealed air tight in order to achieve optimum energy efficiencies. And for the home energy experts at Great Northern Insulation, addressing air leakage by air sealing is the first step before anything else.
Beginning soon, Great Northern Insulation will be transitioning from the use of red “Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape for PE Vapour Barrier” to blue Tuck Tape of the same brand. Although commonly used as an acceptable product in sealing joints on vapour barriers and external sheathing, red Tuck Tape was never tested by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) specifically for this purpose.Recently, Cantech (the manufacturer of Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape) has begun to offer a CCMC-approved vapour barrier tape, commonly referred to as “Blue Tuck Tape.” This new product is slightly thicker than the existing red Tuck Tape. Furthermore, in an evaluation report revised in April of 2016, it was found to be better formulated as a product acceptable for use in sealing joints on 6mm
Recently, Cantech (the manufacturer of Tuck Tape Sheathing Tape) has begun to offer a CCMC-approved vapour barrier tape, commonly referred to as “Blue Tuck Tape.” This new product is slightly thicker than the existing red Tuck Tape. Furthermore, in an evaluation report revised in April of 2016, it was found to be better formulated as a product acceptable for use in sealing joints on 6mm polyethylene vapour barrier products.
In a desire to continue offering our customers only the best possible product offerings, and to continue utilizing products approved by the CCMC, Great Northern Insulation will be transitioning from red Tuck Tape to blue Tuck Tape in the near future.