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Are straw sips panels available in bc or Canada?

We are building green on Vancouver Island. I wonder where we can find straw sips? Finding straw bale SIPs in Canada is tricky at the moment, the only commercia...

Posted by Jocelan Maxwell Nov. 14, 2021, 7:32 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

Very interested in your prefabs on slab. We would prefer to be off grid as the cost of grid power on our site is expensive. We also need a water collection sys...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

New Build Whistler BC step 5

1600 sq ft slab on grade new consrtuction. Passive home design.I'm excited about having a passive house with low heating cost. ATWHP with hyrdonic heatin...

Posted by Nunga Man July 6, 2020, 2:46 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

I own my detached home in Vancouver. We have a natural gas boiler that heats water for hot water uses and the water that flows through floor pipes providing ra...

Posted by Jennifer Smith March 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How much insulation do you need for a Basement floor in an ICF home?

Hello I am planning to build in the spring near Lytton, BC. I am wanting to use 6" ICF for the below grade basement and the main floor as well. Do I need to do...

Posted by Gary Abbott Nov. 23, 2020, 1:36 p.m. Basements 1 Responses

What are solar battery storage alternatives?

...BC. Would it be a viable option for an off grid project? Thank you in advance What size of project are you talking about? To the best of our knowledge this is...

Posted by Sasha Nazarchuk Sept. 21, 2020, 1:13 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

Does paint work instead of a poly vapour barrier?

...BC in the 70s This house was built without vapour barrier in the walls . latex primer and 2 coates of oil based paintwas used . Were getting pros and cons for e...

Posted by Bill Fletcher May 6, 2020, 1:46 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...BC (zone 3), and was hoping to have a wood stove as back up heat for my hydronic slab on grade in addition to the aethstetics and comfort it would provide. Ho...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...BC and the siding needs replacing. I want to use the opportunity to seal up and insulate the wall cavity once exposed. I expect to see insufficient or no insula...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What insulation should you use to cover the ground GEODESIC Dome?

...BC I have a few questions so we can best help you – What is your climate zone? And will the floor be carrying the weight of the building? Do you have plans draw...

Posted by Vincent Warwick Oct. 1, 2020, 2:09 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do I condition my crawl space with a dirt floor?

...BC. I am have trouble deciding on sparying open cell in the joists and leaving it vented or sealing the crawl with closed cell on the perimeter walls and joist ...

Posted by Ryan Reichelt Nov. 27, 2020, 12:25 a.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...BC or another part of Ontario (we currently live in SE Ontario). We are thrifty, resourceful, health conscious, foragers, gardeners, nature lovers and money con...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...BC. The site slopes along the long axis of the house approximately 3 feet over 50 feet. I've considered the following options, each with it's pros and cons: ...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...BC ranges from $1.50 to almost $7.00, Secondly, there is graduated pricing for electricity, so the most you use the more it costs. But here’s a life hack for ...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...BC (Zone 6). Below is the wall assembly that I am planning to use: Standing seam metal cladding (Vertical) Horizontal wood strapping Vertical wood strap...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...BC - panels stuck directly to concrete walls with low expansion pro Sikka foam as per manufacturers recommendations ( Airboard ), then they were taped to really...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 16 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...BC passive house specialized in prefab panels & they're based of the pemberton. Passive homes are a great base for becoming net zero ready so I'd probably recom...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

...BC). I'm also wondering about doing the interior walls with a small gap between the exterior wall to be able to slide gypsum board in a continuous air barrier a...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses