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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

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...avoid inadvertently adding a second vapour barrier on the outside, as you have warned. From what I have read of the two products I listed, both address that iss...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 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

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...avoid the "rip everything out and start again route". Let's call it the "Rip out some bits and accelerate drying to save work and money" route. Firstly, makin...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 34 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

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

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

...avoid mold and I’m wondering how high above that 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 i...

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

How do you build a house ready for climate change?

...avoid flooding , make sure it is well-insulated regardless of whether you are in a heating or cooling dominated climate, and make your house airtight. We can he...

Posted by Mike Joyce May 6, 2021, 8:47 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How much space is needed to build a single level 3 room 750 sq foot home?

...avoid costly surprises in the process of your build. But in terms of having a prefab hit home delivered, the actual footprint needed is no greater than a site b...

Posted by Gillian Batcher Sept. 18, 2021, 10:56 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...avoid moisture damage, but given that you are in a particularly humid climate you may want to lean towards something like Rockwool insulation (aka Mineral Wool)...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...avoid And before you start work, best to check if you have a radon gas problem, read more here - How to remove radon gas from basements and crawl spaces Sol...

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

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...avoiding (or at least greatly reducing) the cost of excavation. It can also give you an advantage in flood prone areas by being off the ground. They may also al...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...avoid it – Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements We can help you choose the best way forward from this point, but we will need ...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you get rid of mold in a bathroom?

...Avoid over-wetting the drywall during cleaning. Before and after, vacuum on and around the surface with an appliance equipped with a high efficiency filter (HEP...

Posted by Sara Oct. 28, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses