Insulate Your Home. Get a Rebate From the Government!

The Ontario Government has recently updated and enhanced the Home Reno Rebate Program for residential homeowners. The HRRP provides rebates of up to $5,000 for homeowners who are doing upgrades or renovations designed to improve energy efficiency. It’s an excellent incentive to better insulate the home, and a great way to reap long-term savings through energy efficiency. Continue reading

The Ins and Outs of Continuous Insulation

Whether it’s building code compliant or not, continuous insulation is far less understood than it should be – even among insulation professionals, building contractors, and home renovators. The fact is, thermal bridging reduces insulation performance significantly – up to 20% in wood frame structures and up to 60% in metal frame structures.  It means that the advertised R-Values often fall far short of actual performance levels, regardless of the insulation product that is installed. Continue reading

Understanding Carbon Pricing For the Average Homeowner

By any description, the concept of carbon pricing is difficult to grasp, particularly for an average homeowner or driver. Essentially, carbon pricing is the approach most favoured by economists worldwide for reducing the negative effects of global warming. Simply put, whoever discharges carbon dioxide (CO2) will be charged monetarily for their level of emission. The charge, referred to currently as a carbon price, must be paid for emitting one tonne (one metric ton) of CO2. Continue reading

The Shortfalls of Thermal Bridging in a Building Structure

A thermal bridge is a surface area (mostly in a building structure), which has a higher potential for “heat transfer” than adjacent materials. Thermal bridges contribute to the overall reduction of insulation performance, oftentimes throughout the entire building structure. Often referred to by the professionals as a “cold” bridge or a “heat” bridge, thermal bridging occurs in three ways:
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