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How do you insulate concrete basement walls and avoid mould?

...avoid it – How to build and renovate basements properly so they don’t develop mold When you see Rockwool on basement walls, any moisture in the concrete can...

Posted by William Hunter Feb. 22, 2021, 11:40 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to put siding on an older home without causing it to rot?

We recently bought a house that was likely constructed in the 1920's or 30's and we would like to install siding on it. Currently it is clad in insulbrick and ...

Posted by Richard Reinert April 18, 2021, 12:32 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...avoid toxic materials, particularly in the bedrooms. Can't seem to find alternatives other than wood, which gets quite expensive. Would welcome your thoughts. T...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

How should I insulate under a concrete hydronic slab on stilts?

...avoid future floods. My plan is to use tridodetic posts as my foundation, so the property will essentially be sitting on stilts. My second goal is to install co...

Posted by Cam Smith Feb. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

...avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Thanks for your help. For a woodburner to exhaust properly it has to be drawing air in, so if your home is pretty airtight as y...

Posted by Regina Vigil Feb. 15, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...avoid any changes because it's lasted this long as-is. I want to follow the "Why are basements moldy" recommendation of rigid insulation board directly agains...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...avoid getting mould? If your neighbour had their walls rot that could be for a number of reasons - it could be design related, quality of workmanship, or even d...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...avoid. I am not sure what you have done for 2015 model home for exterior. Your help on this is highly appreciated. Thank you. I guess you saw our DIY video ...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can you help with passive solar greenhouse exterior wall details?

...avoid moisture condensing inside the walls. We live in NW Alberta - will attempt to use the greenhouse early March to late October. Have had -30c in early March...

Posted by Rick Carter Aug. 11, 2020, 8:06 a.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...avoid overheating during sunny winter days that provided too much passive solar heat. How well did that experiment work at collecting excess heat? It was also...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...avoid mold problems developing, so how might we finish off the ceiling around the perimeter of the concrete foundation? He also painted the concrete floors with...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...avoid vapour barrier in roof system ( Hot roof). Both exterior and interior will be clad with log siding. I wanted to use wood windows to maintain as much as ...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...avoid sump pump and optimze accessibility. However -- we can't seem to find evidence that this concept has gotten traction over the years in Ontario, specifical...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...avoid getting condensation on cold foundation wall in the winter during heating season and want to allow wall to dry in the summer . I am also a bit confused ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...avoid them, particularly if there is a risk of highwater tables and if you are building on or near a floodplain . A slab would for sure be the safest route, sin...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Can you use insulated plasterboard on a tiny house that moves?

...avoid cracked drywall. There was one Tiny House built for a cold climate that we quite liked, this one has rockwool batts as insulation, that one may offer yo...

Posted by Nadine Dermody April 23, 2021, 12:40 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...avoid that and stay above grade. Building a basement is typically a more expensive way to build, and even if you take measures to protect it against flooding, y...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What type of batting insulation is best for kids rooms that are being remodeled?

...avoid given that air quality is your concern would be in our opinion, foam products. They are blown with chemicals and will off-gas for an extended period. Some...

Posted by HyungMi Kook Oct. 14, 2021, 8:27 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses