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Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...avoid adding contaminated dust to the air and surfaces of your home. After removing the insulation and before reinstalling new insulation, be sure to do a thoro...

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

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...avoid noise pollution in homes if it is near living areas Motor efficiency Warranty See this page on choosing between an HRV and ERV , a heat recovery v...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 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

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

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...avoiding condensation and moisture in walls so I am fairly aware of the issues but still not confident in what is the best approach for exterior insulation on t...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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

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

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...avoid mold Best practices for basement construction Sewage backup valve Storm water management

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...avoid having to spend too much on solar panels . Passive House standards are sometimes overkill in certain climates, but certainly not for an off grid house in ...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do can I insulate an existing basement floor from 1906?

...avoid basement water damage before you install a new floor. And as for best technique, see this page here – Preventing mold when you insulate your basement ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 18, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Basements improvements 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

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

Cost to install alternative wall panels to drywall?

...avoid weighing in on any building code issues as they can change by region, but I don’t imagine it would be a problem. Your designer should be able to confirm t...

Posted by Adrian Baerlocher Nov. 12, 2021, 3:58 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...avoid dramatic swings in temperature. If that is not the problem and it really is a case of feeling cooler when you step away from the radiators, I really sus...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

How do you stop wind from blowing under a house on piers?

...avoid the very issues you are talking about. The way you are closing it in sounds like you are attempting to convert it in a way into a crawlspace. A house on...

Posted by Robert Boyle Oct. 17, 2021, 12:11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 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