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Basement Insulation Solutions to Meet SB-12

Basement Insulation Solutions Changes to the Ontario Building Code (Supplementary Bulletin SB-12), became effective January 1 2017. These codes call for an  increase in thermal insulation to improve the overall energy efficiency of residential homes. There are various options to achieve these new thermal values several...

Dimensional Properties of EPS

I've been having an interesting convo with a colleague on Linkedin recently, the subject: dimensional stability of Expanded polystyrene.  To see the original post, please click this link:  https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6418502244446007296/?commentUrn=urn%3Ali%3Acomment%3A(activity%3A6418502244446007296%2C6418665654492205056) I wished to respond directly on Linkedin, but as we are limited to a certain number of...

GATE Survey Report | Sustainability Policy Research on Urban Transformations (SPROUT) Lab | University of Waterloo uwaterloo.ca

I apparently participated in a study on sustainability innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) conducted by the University of Waterloo in 2017.  Here are the results of that survey:  https://uwaterloo.ca/sustainability-policy-research-on-urban-transformations-lab/gate-survey-report How important is sustainability and innovation in the workplace to you?  Please leave a comment!...

Versaboard Mineral Wool vs Rockboard!

As an insulation distributor, it was only a matter of time before I started getting requests for Rockboard, a rigid mineral wool insulation made by Rockwool.  Rockboard is a " Fire-resistant, non-combustible product with a melting point of approximately 2150°F (1177°C)".  It's a pretty neat product...

Greening Up Existing Buildings

Greening up Existing Buildings This article appears in the February 2011 edition of Florida Investor. By Paul E. Beers Sustainable design has been defined as buildings that are accessible, secure, healthy, and productive while minimizing their impact on the environment. A related issue is building resiliency. Building resiliency is the...

Heated Frost Protected Shallow Foundation Systems

What the heck is a Heated Frost Protected Shallow Foundation System you ask?  ( or maybe not, but I'm going to tell you anyway..!) HFPFS are pretty simple: a concrete slab on grade, reinforced with steel to make it a structural load bearing surface upon which...

Long Term Thermal Resistance

Most people understand that the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power of an insulation. However, many people do not understand that the R-value of polyiso and XPS is lost over the lifetime of the product. EPS ( expanded polystyrene) has a permanent lifetime R...

Building with ICF’s

My first blog post on my new website!  Here is an article, a blast from the past, with a few edits! Build With Insulated Concrete Forms 25 October 2011 at 18:14 Want to save money on your energy bill and live green? Then maybe consider buying an ICF...