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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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...best approach is. All my previous research (when the house was cosntructed in 2007) indicated that geothermal has higher upfront costs but over the long term, t...

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

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

...best job I can, (without breaking up the concrete floor in the basement for an interior drainage system). So, I just want to check my understanding of the proce...

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

How should I install XPS insulation in a basement?

...best way to address it. I have a below-grade “cinder block” basement wall that transitions to a course of narrower blocks above grade. An uninsulated rim joist ...

Posted by Ken Hunold Dec. 27, 2020, 7:22 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

How much does a Tesla roof cost?

...best value for the money. We have a page on Choosing Solar Home Batteries written by the solar panel project manager in Maine, and while he keeps monitoring pri...

Posted by Anthea Larke June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...Best Practices for Basement Construction and Renovations Windows aren’t always best to replace unless they are really bad, read more here – When to replace wi...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 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

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...Best practices for durable basement construction to avoid mold As for applying the EPS rigid insulation, I wouldn’t worry too much either way about air gap or...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

How do you insulate exterior walls if a tiny house?

I live in east Texas and have a tiny home shell with wood 4x8 sheet siding. I want to put viny siding on. For insulation foam sheets on exterior can I use form...

Posted by John Boy Feb. 23, 2021, 10:21 a.m. 0 Responses

Which insulation should I use under my cottage?

...best way to do it will include some stuff on the outside and if its all exposed and not backfilled you are way ahead of the game. How long has it been there a...

Posted by denis maurier May 3, 2021, 11:14 a.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

...best suit your needs. This page about how to keep an HRV operating efficiently may be of value long term as well. New York state is where we're located

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Can an HRV be installed in a condo?

...best to install for your area . Hope that helps!

Posted by Eugene Tam June 29, 2020, 7:42 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...best way to insulate the exterior of a house has a lot to do with what is going on inside the walls, and how extensive your energy-efficient renovations will be...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 6 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...best windows for High Performance Homes There is a lot to it, and it is honestly best left to those who do energy modelling. An example to look at would be ou...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...best R values, air tightness, Ventilation equipment, roofing and heat pumps is all in there. You can search either from the category menu or in the search bar. ...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Do you have a diagram showing effect of winds on the pressure inside the house?

...Best regards.

Posted by Bryan Bargen June 8, 2018, 5:20 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Where would I apply for interest free loan?

...best return on investment for government stimulus . There is no link or followup to the above statement in the ecohome article so curious what this incentive ...

Posted by Pat Morrison Aug. 31, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Grants and incentives 3 Responses

With a raised house how should I insulate underneath?

My house is raised off the ground about 5' and the current insulation is falling apart and was just firberglass batt insulation. I'm looking at wool batt insul...

Posted by Kevin Marmillion Feb. 1, 2021, 11:43 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses