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For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...best insulation (from the inside) between the studs on the outside walls? We will be putting up drywall to finish the room. Thanks Bricks as an exterior fin...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...best way to insulate and apply vapor barrier. I have to install studs to the interior of the block for seismic resistance and attach the studs to the block. The...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...best way to proceed if I was to go that route? I've seen stories at www.jlconline.com where contractors have raised houses a full story in flood prone areas of ...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...best spot to drill/install the pipe into the basement floor? 2. Is there a way to know where the drain pipes goes under the floor? This house was build around...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...best insulation (in Ontario) for cubbies 16", 2-3" thick. Has to be super clean, no off gassing, mold resistent. Also, suggestions for best air exchanger set ...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 4 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...best method to support very heavy sliding doors and eliminate thermal bridging? I really like the Legalett Thermasill product, but it looks to have a proprietar...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...best option for our type of lifestyle/interests? There are many disadvantages to living in a Yurt in winter, but if it’s a suitable lifestyle for you then yes, ...

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

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...best way to finish a basement and prevent it all going moldy and rotten again but comply with code? Unfortunately, your situation is pretty common. Basements ar...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...best regards from Poland If you saw our articles on how to build a greenhouse in cold climate you may know our thoughts already on why you shouldn't attach a ...

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

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...best route is apply poly barrier on the outside as the R 40 gain from the trusses would stop any moisure from condensing on the poly. I would use 1/2" plywood f...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...best way of constructing such a foundation? Or if it's even possible? I'd like the insulated slab on grade foundation idea but just wondering if elevating it 3f...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...best bet for finding a designer as well as a general contractor is best done by doing a google search of for ‘home designer’ or similar terms along with your lo...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...best able around mechanicals and piers - and adherred to the skim of mortar under the rim. Questions: 1) do you think an interior french drain to the sump is ...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

What would be the best house design financially, and would weather the Canadian climate, and cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovatio...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

...best to remove the sheeting what would your suggestion be for insulating the floor from below? We are thinking spray foam? Then would you put plywood to cover t...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 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

Could a ductless heat recovery ventilator be used for radon mitigation?

...best soultion, hooked inline with my existing system. What are your thoughts? Heat recovery ventilation systems do reduce the levels of radon gas in homes, and ...

Posted by Jim B Feb. 20, 2021, 4:40 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

Is spray foam a good way to insulate a house from the exterior?

...best way to go, as it will provide a vapor / air barrier in addition to insulation. I don't really like the potential for harmful offgassing, but because we wil...

Posted by Simon Levitt Dec. 21, 2020, 2:14 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses