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Which house wrap is best?

I am installing pine tongue and groove exterior siding. Which type of house wrap is best, perforated or non perforated (like Tyvek). Thank you Every exterior w...

Posted by Kathy Moller Aug. 2, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

What is the best option for window replacement in a basement? When looking for high performance windows, there is no really no difference between basements and...

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...best heating systems for new builds. Choosing the best heating system for a home depends on a lot of factors, and probably the most important is location. Tha...

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

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

I have been reading so much on insulation ....and out of the foam boards I think eps might be the best to use, but not sure if the foil face would be good, may...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is the best brand for ductless mini-split HVAC system?

...best brand for ductless mini-split? I heard good reviews for Mitsubishi Electric and Fujitsu. Any recommendations? Our recommendation to find the best ductless ...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 11:22 p.m. Heating and cooling 2 Responses

What is the best heat pump hot water heater for an all electric house?

...best brand for water heater? Highest quality and lowest maintenance. Any tips or recommendations for the best quality water heater? Heat Pump Water Heaters take...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...best to use for residential plumbing? Copper, PEX, others? You will often see Pex tubing in most new home construction nowadays since it is so much faster and c...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...best for my specific climate. If it makes a difference, I intend to have some sort of slab foundation with air heated piping, as well as a wood burning stove. T...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

I have been researching methods and best practices for insulating metal structures for four season use, esp. the likes of vehicles & campers, realizing that th...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...best approach for exterior insulation on the walls during renovation, any advice on technique, materials or cost comparisons? There are a variety of products an...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...best type of framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? Is traditional stick frame with dimensional lumber better tha...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

If cost was not a concern, what would you recommend is the best material (durable, high quality) to use for Water Resistive Barrier on top of Plywood? I have h...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...best choice? Do you suggest electric wires or tubes with glycol? Is there a difference in cost for install or running it? Good question, but a tough one, so I’l...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

I have a 1780 brick federal with fieldstone foundation in New York State - all original. I'm trying to figure out how best to insulate the foundation walls. ...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

What do you recommend to use for flooring? Real wood, engineered wood, any particular brand? Also for kitchen and bathroom floor, what do you recommend to use ...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

...Best practices for basement construction for new homes and renovations

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

What's the best detector & alarm for a back flow valve that has been installed by the utility?

...best detector to fit? Hey there Tom, we have an article on one of our favorite backwater valves here , but this is really a full system - so if you wish to inst...

Posted by Tom Poe March 27, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...best insulation Under 2" Cement slab Roof for energy efficiency and water leaks? Maybe 2 layers? The base for the roof will be Metal beams. Thanks, Rafael, Br...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses