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Greg Labbe

Recent Articles

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    Just Say No to (Swiss) Cheesy Attic Floors

    As the biting cold of winter hit the Great Lakes area last December, many building owners started to see signs of moisture damage on parts of their walls and ceilings.…

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    Ontario Imposes Tougher Ventilation Requirements

    Ontario, Canada's most populous province, will increase the energy performance of homes by 15% starting in 2017. The changes are required under the province's updated building code known as SB-12.…

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    When Spray Foam Goes Bad

    When spray foam goes bad, it’s hard not to feel a bit sick. Sick because this high-performance insulation has a big carbon footprint and proper installation is key to its…

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    Commissioning ERVs

    We were recently called to commission a fully ducted energy-recovery ventilation (ERV) system in a newly constructed, "near passive" house.

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    New LED Lights on the Scene

    In 1999, I went through the back service doors of Wolf Electric, a local supplier, and fumbled my way along the poorly lit, uneven floors to drop $37 and tax…

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    Pastiche Architecture

    Drive out to any of the bedroom communities outside the greater Toronto area and you’re likely to stumble on huge, clunky homes that are so complex in shape that their…

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    Origami-Inspired Homes

    There’s a reason that every high-performance car is sleek and compact in shape; sleekness improves performance. The same principle applies to centuries-old sculptures that keep their features and endure centuries…

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    Air Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray Foam

    If you’re retrofitting a vintage brick building without an air barrier, don’t count on the spray foam to create a perfect air seal. If you plan to use the spray…