Buiding Envelope Tips

Tip

Tips – can easily be implemented for little or no cost to improve comfort and energy efficiency in the home.

  • Insulate the attic hatch by cutting a piece of rigid insulation and affixing it to the top of the attic hatch
  • Seal the attic hatch with removable sealant
  • Add weatherstripping to older, drafty windows
  • Insulate and seal the attic hatch frame, which is often simply trim that has been added by the builder

Upgrade Opportunities – address those home improvements that take a greater commitment, either of time or money, but could significantly improve a home’s comfort and energy efficiency, and can be done by a professional or a homeowner skilled in these areas.

  • Insulate the basement walls, including sealing and insulating the headers between the joists
  • Insulate crawlspaces
  • Blow in insulation where possible, such as in the attic
  • Upgrade doors or windows, particularly if they are old and drafty

If You’re Renovating – things to consider if significant home improvements are planned, and could make a serious impact on a home’s comfort and energy efficiency. These changes should be undertaken by a professional or a homeowner who has skills in this area.

  • Adding insulation to the exterior of the basement walls
  • Consider window placement – if you are adding windows to your home, perhaps through an addition, consider minimizing the northern facing windows and increasing the size of the southerly windows

Checklist

  • Building Envelope
  • Bedrooms/Home Office
  • Washrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Room
  • Basement
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Exterior

Important Component

  • Description of the area of the home and a breakdown of the Checklist section that deals with that area.
  • Tips that you can easily implement for little or no cost to improve comfort and energy efficiency in your home.
  • Upgrade Opportunities that address home improvements that take a greater commitment, either of time or money, and could significantly improve a home’s comfort and energy efficiency. These can be done by a homeowner who has skills in this area or a professional.

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