Siding is one of those things that you don’t hear people talking about very much. But it plays a really important role in designing of a resilient home acreage and farm. People like to design resilient homes acreages and farms. This house in Calgary has retrofitted it all eight years ago. Because it was really cold inside. In fact the walls had that old Dow Corning pink insulation. Which turns out only has about an hour value of eight in a 2×4 wall. Some studies came out a couple of years almost a decade ago.
Now that talked about how when pink insulation is exposed to temperature below minus 20. The r-value drops by a factor of two. Wall with an r-value of eight went down to an r-value of 3. Which is explaining why our house so cold in the winter. It wasn’t just cold from conduction energy being lost to Rican duction. It was also cold because of infiltration the other thing that the house had was vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is basically jet fuel strapped to the side of your house. It’s made out of petroleum products and if you talk to any fire agency in your city, they’ll tell you that when a house goes up on fire that has vinyl or it goes up on fire. Because mine is so flammable not to mention when vinyl burns tons of toxins. So people in the house with the vinyl siding can die.
Vinyl is not great for the environment and the debt generally doesn’t last very long either. because of this people are having to replace it every three to five years. Sometimes sooner depending on Heil. Heil tends to be really destructive towards vinyl siding. We didn’t really want to siding multiple times. We decided to opt for Hardiplank. Hardiplank is a concrete baseboard, it’s fireproof it lasts pretty much forever. You can repaint it over and over again and it’s also pretty easy to install. Hardiplank is that it’s breathable so air can get underneath it and dry things out as well as it’s repainted.