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Keeping theHeat In
 
To obtain additional copies of this or other free publicationson energy efficiency, please contactEnergy PublicationsOffice of Energy Efficiency Natural Resources Canadac/o St. Joseph CommunicationsOrder Processing Unit1165 Kenaston StreetPO Box 9809 Station TOttawa ON K1G 6S1Tel.:1-800-387-2000 (toll-free)Fax: 613-740-3114TTY: 613-996-4397 (teletype for the hearing-impaired)Revised March 2007Cat. No. M144-41/2007E (Print)ISBN 978-0-662-45915-6Cat. No. M144-41/2007E-PDF (On-line)ISBN 978-0-662-45500-4© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2007
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INTRODUCTION
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CHAPTER 1 How Your House Works
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PART lThe Basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7PART IIControl of Heat Flow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11PART IIIControl of Airflow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14PART IVControl of Moisture Flow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18PART VThe House as a System in Action. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21PART VIOlder Homes and Heritage Buildings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
CHAPTER 2 Materials
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PART IInsulation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25PART IIAir-Barrier Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32PART IIIVapour-Barrier Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39PART IVHealth and Safety Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40PART VSpecial Health Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
CHAPTER 3 Comprehensive Air-Leakage Control
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PART IFinding Leakage Areas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46PART IICaulking and Other Air-Sealing Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
CHAPTER 4 Roofs and Attics
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PART IGeneral Considerations for All Attics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55PART IIEasily Accessible Attics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59PART IIIHouses with Half Storeys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64PART IVSpecial Cases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67PART VRenovations and Repair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
CHAPTER 5 Basement Insulation
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PART IHow to Insulate Outside the Basement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79PART IIHow to Insulate Inside the Basement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84PART IIICrawl Spaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90PART IVOpen Foundations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92PART VConcrete Slab on the Ground. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
CHAPTER 6 Insulating Walls
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PART IBlown-In Insulation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96PART IIRenovating the Interior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98PART IIIRenovating the Exterior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100PART IVMiscellaneous Spaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103PART VAdditions and New Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
CHAPTER 7 Upgrading Windows and Doors
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PART I Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107PART IIDoors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
CHAPTER 8Operating Your House
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PART IOperating and Maintaining the Heating System. . . . . . . . . 115PART IIThe Heating System and Ventilation and Combustion Air. . 118PART IIIOther Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
CHAPTER 9 Dollars and Sense
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