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How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...avoid thermal bridging. I hpe that helps, let us know if you have more questions. /guides/2262/what-is-a-thermal-bridge-and-why-is-it-so-important-to-break-it/ ...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

...avoid grass or plants within 2 feet of the slab will prevent some potential moisture problems. Does that answer your questions? Let me know if not, we've done l...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 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

How do you attach exterior siding without affecting the air barrier on a passive house?

...avoid areas where mebranes are folded over, and when you do have to fold it, take great care to tape it well as it is a very common spot for air leakage.

Posted by Scott Bowker July 16, 2018, 11:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Which insulation should I use under my cottage?

...avoid mold and be much more comfortable by keeping the humidity in a more reasonable range. so the outside is finished in vynil siding on top of plywood th...

Posted by denis maurier May 3, 2021, 11:14 a.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

...avoid things like spray foam, and your suggestion of Rockwool (formerly known as Roxul and technically called mineral wool) insulation is a good one. Here is a ...

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 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

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

...avoid using 6 mil poly anywhere in our home. We are wondering if vapour barrier paint would be acceptable to the local building inspector (just trying to do res...

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

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...avoid mold As for applying the EPS rigid insulation, I wouldn’t worry too much either way about air gap or no air gap, because concrete walls aren’t perfectly...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...avoid mold, heat loss and water infiltration , see this page here - Best practices for basement construction - new home or renovations Thar should provide a...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...Avoid leaving out any food that might attract ants. Signs of carpenter ant infestation Some species of ants will spend their time mostly in your kitchen, pa...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...avoid any issues with drainage while trying to build the footing. If that turns out to be too costly, remember that you can repair crawlspaces in most cases ,...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...avoid using any insulation or air barrier products that aren’t flexible, and another really important feature for any tiny house in a cold climate would be to i...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

Is solar air heating for a floor as efficient as solar hydronic?

...avoid overheating . I hope this helps, check out those pages and if you have more questions let us know, but include your climate zone as well and we can better...

Posted by Ryan Johnson Dec. 7, 2020, 9:02 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...avoid mold How to insulate an attic and avoid ice daming How to install siding so it can dry Choosing the best exterior cladding

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...avoid a few headaches in regards to permitting, because they provide stamped engineering documents as well as installation directions. Having that in-hand may h...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Do I need to spray foam the ceiling of my crawl space to help winterize it?

...avoid freezing for any winters you keep it warm. And a good starting place for all crawlspace improvements is here – Crawl Space Insulation Tips for Insulatin...

Posted by Sheilagh Thompson Jan. 21, 2021, 1:48 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...avoid some hidden costs, see our page about raft slabs for poor soil quality here . But where near Portland, is it urban or country? What type of soil, and how ...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses