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We want to build a solarium in Ontario, what do you think of heating it with a radiant floor and wood stove?

...a radiant floor is a great idea, Have a look here at our air heated radiant floor page, this design has a lot of thermal mass which would be great for balancing...

Posted by Deanna Zavattin-Tortolo Feb. 18, 2020, 10:51 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

How can I heat a bedroom above a garage?

...at sits above a garage. It was built with one forced air duct blowing warm air under the room but parts are very cold in the winter. As we renovate our basement...

Posted by Steve Dulmage April 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...a small affordable home that you could transport, a prefab kit house is an option that may be worth exploring, have a look at this page– LEED Platinum prefab ...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...and with a heat pump system along side a radiant floor, but the heat load is so small in that house that what we put in was about 3K installed (Canadian dollars...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...ade floors is only available with Legalett-designed slabs unfortunately . It is a proprietary design that was created as a solution for Passive House slabs, and...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

...at you are, if at all. I It’s not a problem if the vapour barrier is wet on one side, that just means it’s doing its job. If you have a crawl space with a vap...

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...are a few more questions – do you have basement and is it humid? Do you have and use a stove hood, and does it vent out? Do have you have (and use) a bathroom f...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How much does a Tesla roof cost?

...A Tesla Powerwall battery alone would run about 10K in US dollars, and again, that doesn’t include installation. We are involved with a solar panel installati...

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...A wood stove can provide emergency heating during a grid failure, and above all, if staring at a flickering flame is something that will make you happy, then do...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...As for appliance leaks, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to prevent damage – place washing machines and water heaters on a tray with a drain and ha...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...am panels Drainage plane membrane Vertical strapping (for air space) Horizontal strapping (To accommodate metal roofing) Metal roofing. Any alternat...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...ause of your problem is actually the inclusion of ventilation, which is a fairly common mistake. In most regional climates across Canada, ventilating a crawlspa...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

...ame thing? A slab on grade literally means a slab of concrete on grade (ground level), as opposed to ‘below grade’ like a basement. And a slab on grade can be b...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

How do you insulate a cathedral ceiling?

...ay foam insulation. My walls are double 2x4 stud walls 12 inches deep and will have 2-3 inches of closed cell spray foam insulation to create a air and vapour b...

Posted by Raoul Lions Oct. 19, 2019, 8:07 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...ace the sanitary drains and install a backwater valve. At the same time, we had weeping tile placed next to the new drains. The existing slab was left in place,...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Could we use a raft slab with ICF walls on a sloped site?

...advise against building a house out of old tires at any age! I think you are very much on the right path with a raft slab / slab on grade shallow foundation and...

Posted by Paul Fischer Sept. 15, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

...ay foam underneath it as you suggest, ( see here to find spray foam companies with the most eco-friendly blowing agents ) as that will insulate it, act a a vapo...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What would a saltwater home battery bank be for solar applications?

...all appliances - fridges, stoves, dishwashers, laundry machines etc. A home battery installer will know the power storage capacity of a particular battery, and ...

Posted by Jordon Morishita June 25, 2020, 11:17 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses