Insulating your home against the heat is just as important as insulating it against the cold. Shutters, blinds, glazing film, fans, air conditioning: there are a host of possibilities.
Insulation and damp do not make the best of bedfellows. To prevent damp from getting into the insulation, in some cases a damp-proof membrane is required.
Large windows let a lot of natural light into the house and create a pleasant atmosphere. Unfortunately they also cause temperatures indoors to soar in the summer. Luckily there are several solutions for maintaining a cool indoor climate.
Changing your windows is not as easy as it might seem. What type of glazing and what type of frame should you choose? The U value, the price and the respective advantages of the various materials can help.
The term ‘thermal bridge’ may speak to the imagination, but it is nothing more than a problem with the insulation skin of the house. That is pernicious for your living comfort and for your wallet. You should resolve it.
To air a room in your house without cooling it, just open a window for 15 minutes. Quite simple, isn’t it?
The roof is the largest area of heat loss in your home. You have three possible methods for insulating your attic if you are not using it.
Yes, using a cold roof system. However, this method isn’t recommended, because it may damage your roof in the long term. It’s better to go for external insulation.
Pellet stoves have several advantages: they are easy to use and efficient, as well as being environmentally-friendly. But they're also very expensive
Obligations apply when town planning permission is required for building or renovation. These refer to the outer shell of the building, but also the building elements.
A well-insulated building is more comfortable all year round because it stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer. So a building like this is more economical when it comes to heating and air conditioning.
These days, there is such an extensive range of roof insulation materials, it is difficult to make a choice. We will list the different products, their possibilities and insulation values for you.
In old houses, condensation may seem a natural phenomenon. But it isn’t. It is primarily an indication that there is something wrong with the insulation or ventilation.
To insulate an existing wall, you are looking at 3 major options: external wall insulation, interior wall insulation and cavity wall insulation. Whichever method you choose, the insulation needs to be put in place with the utmost care. Poorly applied insulation may cause mould problems or 'cold bridges’, i.e. points where the insulation barrier is interrupted.
Water causing moisture damage inside the home can only come from one of three sources: the sky, the ground or the people living inside the home.
A green roof is a roof garden on a flat roof or on a roof with an incline of less than 45°. It offers you the chance to have your own little green oasis in the city.
In 2018, energy grants in Brussels are available for actions related to energy audits and studies, insulation and heating.
Grants covering up to 50% of the bill have been agreed for three main types of work: audits, insulation, and heat recovery or production.
Damp inside the home has a detrimental impact on the occupants' health, the building itself as well as on the building's energy consumption levels. So it's vital that it is dealt with.
Give the building a good airing, reduce vapour emissions, identify the causes and put the pertinent steps in place.
In Brussels, a PEB certificate must be presented for all properties put up for sale or to be let.
The garage is an area that people tend not to think about too much when thinking about their dream home. However, the choices you make regarding the use of your garage has a significant impact on the protected volume. If the garage is part of this protected volume, it needs to be insulated.
Use our infographic to find the best solution according to your budget, your aesthetic criteria, your performance requirements and your personal situation.
By insulating your roof, you can cut your heat loss by 30% (for a semi-detached building). Depending on your roof and insulation, the cost varies between 30 and € 115 per m2, installation included.
Homes are considered to be ‘low energy’, ‘passive’ or ‘zero energy’ depending on their level of insulation and possibly their capacity to generate power.
Infrared thermal imaging detects energy loss in your home. Discover how it works.
Green roofs have been gaining in popularity in recent years. That’s hardly surprising, considering how many general and ecological advantages they have.
Nearly Zero Energy (NZE) or ‘Bijna-energieneutraal’ (BEN) is a European Directive imposed on all new buildings by 2021. However, in the Brussels Region, the even stricter passive-house standard will apply from 2015.
Efficient windows mean better comfort for you and energy savings too. Replacing your windows is therefore a great investment.
Performance, aesthetics, maintenance and cost should be the main criteria when you choose new window frames and panes.
Insulating your roof will help you to save a lot of energy and reduce the heating bill. But don't take this lightly, as the overall roof structure largely determines the final result.
Homegrade is a non-profit association financed mainly by the Brussels-Capital Region. Its mission is to provide information free of charge for the people of the region on everything relating to their living environment, the central idea being sustainability.
Make sure you let your house breathe by venting it! A few simple actions are enough to prevent your home from filling with moisture and pollutants.
Review your energy contracts, get a free energy audit, insulate, replace your boiler or install photovoltaic panels. There are a whole host of solutions for saving energy in a co-owned property!
Condensation may appear in overly insulated buildings, inside of which the air does not circulate properly. The solution? Ventilate!