Alternative / Discussions

What is an Alternative ground cover to grass for a yard that gets wet and shady where kids play ?

...alternative ground covers, have a look here first – Which are the best Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards? That pages should give you som...

Posted by Hillary Fairbanks Sept. 4, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives 1 Responses

What would be the best alternative to chemical treatment for outdoor pools?

...alternative to chlorinated backyard pools is a natural swimming pond , read more about them here and download a free natural pool DIY building guide – All abo...

Posted by Ladka Heidari April 19, 2020, 6:24 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Can these homes be built on screwpiles as an alternative to slab foundations?

Looking at a development project using screwpile support pillars instead of traditional concrete. The manufacture says that they are engineered to support the ...

Posted by Mark Pospisil July 28, 2020, 9:41 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Will recycled plane insulation pass building regs ? and is it safe to use?

...alternative insulation, I honestly have no idea what recycled plane insulation is, details please and we'd be happy to weigh in!

Posted by lisa Hellewell Nov. 27, 2020, 10:11 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...alternative to a radiant heating system that is built directly into the slab? Radiant heating is very comfortable , and there are really only minimal difference...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can I purchase XPS made with HFOs?

...alternative still mineral wool? We have reason to believe that sometime in 2020 there will be a switch to HFO blowing agents with a much lower Global Warming Po...

Posted by Kate Noblio Dec. 14, 2019, 12:35 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What kind of foam board should I use to insulate rim joists in Wisconsin?

...alternative but I'm concerned with fire code rating. While XPS has a lower fire spread rating its not suitable for exposed inside walls. It would need a layer o...

Posted by Matt Kime Sept. 12, 2021, 10:31 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best indoor lighting solution for a single story cathedral ceiling?

...alternative for lighting on cathedral ceiling in single story cottage to minimize heat loss? To light a cathedral ceiling you’ve really got two options – put po...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy June 1, 2021, 8:39 p.m. Lighting 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...alternative options? We know how important the thermal mass is for maintaining heat during winter months. What about placing a vinyl corked backed flooring over...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...alternative job that affords you all the time in the world. If a 20 year old woman studying linguistics can do it, so can everyone else. Haha, thanks for readin...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Is there a safe MDF? formaldehyde & anti-fungicide free, etc? Or a green sealant?

...Alternatives Buying Guide If you’re not able to get your hands on the rice stalk MDF, other options would be using solid wood like Pine, or alternatively you ...

Posted by Elize St Charles May 23, 2020, 10:52 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Alternativ for Garage Epoxy - Considering both look & economically?

...alternative to Epoxy for a concrete floor sealer that is non-toxic and durable would be silicate densifier sealers, see more here – How to seal and polish con...

Posted by Kamatchi Kavi Feb. 21, 2021, 7:58 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 4 Responses

Can you use Hemp insulation to insulate a metal structure?

...alternative I would propose rock wool / mineral wool insulation as it is also less likely to be harmed by any incidental exposure to moisture.

Posted by Jen Moffat Sept. 23, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...alternative to a mini split heat pump air conditioner. We used an air source heat pump to feed a heat pump water heater in the Edelweiss LEED Platinum Demo hous...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...alternative. Both are more suitable for potentially humid environments, and Rockwool in particular is made with recycled stone dust, that would be our preferenc...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...Alternatives to drywall like tongue and groove wood or interior plywood walls will not make any difference to the ideal location of the vapour barrier (or ‘vapo...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

Where should you mount solar panels if you don't have space on your roof?

...alternative, as you mention in your question, is a solar tracker mount . We have an article on that very topic, see here – Choosing between solar trackers and...

Posted by Dan Hynes Aug. 31, 2020, 9:23 a.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

Does marmoleum comes in sheets like linoleum?

...alternative to linoleum that is intended to be glued to a subfloor. If the floor already has linoleum, are you able to remove it easily? It would be best to g...

Posted by Deanna Willer Oct. 1, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses