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Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...best at the 2/rds point if possible, but where exactly in Canada are you? What you propose seems to make sense from a physics point of view as it sounds like ...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...place to sit), thermal barrier (less heat in summer, more in winter) and some space to grow plants like tomatoes or herbs. I have read your articles about green...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...best? Perhaps adding ventilation passages between floors for air movement? Where to place vents for air circulation between rooms to take advantage of cross cur...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

Hi There, I have just finished removing all of the damp, musty (and in a few places moldy) drywall, vapour barrier and fiberglass insulation from the basement ...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...placed. It also did not help that the unit, an Altlas Essentials? was made by a company that has long gone out of business and the installer was suspect from th...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...place when a deck is in need of repair and only replace the top decking boards.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the exterior of a post and beam timber frame with rigid insulation?

...placed on top (min 1" to 2" air gap behind the Board and Batten). Barn will be heated by radiant floor heat. Will this type of insulation work? Do I need to pla...

Posted by Ron Busch Nov. 12, 2021, 2:53 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...place to start is our page about How to Install Windows & Doors Correctly that includes a DIY window installation video , have a look there. But what you are co...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Where do I find home building resources for owner-builders?

...place to start learning all you need to know to design and build your own home, start here – Ecohome Green Home Building Guide Our building guide is broken ...

Posted by Alex Angel Sept. 30, 2021, 3:20 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...place to see how we came to settle on a wall design for a demo house we built in 2015 – LEED Platinum Wall Design Building Science Video This is not the onl...

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Can you use spray foam Insulation under a slab?

...best choice by a long shot, but under a slab is not the place. On this page you can see what we like and don’t like about spray foam and why – 4th generation ...

Posted by Linda Martin April 6, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

...best way to insulate from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Here is an article that will give you a starting place about tearing down or ...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...best starting place are these pages here - Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes For now, assu...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What's the best way to seal a crawl space and insulate?

Hi I was wondering what's the best way to seal a crawl space and insulate? Currently it is a vented space. Should the vents be closed permanently? The floor jo...

Posted by Steven Johnston Feb. 23, 2021, 12:35 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

...place, I think that is certainly worth looking into. If you do go that route, you could also consider getting a water heater that runs off DC, that way there ...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

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

...best place for you to start is figuring out what your budget is to make repairs, as that is a rather extensive list. The best way we can help at this point is...

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

Should you keep duct work out of the attic?

Research has shown vented roof with air tight attic can save 20% energy. Have you done that before? And suggestion for new 2 story build ? I don’t fully unde...

Posted by Frank Liu July 23, 2020, 8:53 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...best? I assume at least some of the insulation will still be exposed above grade, correct? Did you have a finishing plan for that? If not exposed to direct su...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses