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Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...best thing you can do for yourself to ensure you get a high efficiency durable home is educate yourself, so you know when someone is steering you in the wrong d...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...best option in the long-term, read more here – Is EPS foam is an eco-friendly insulation? Regardless of it’s raw materials, EPS is an affordable insulation ...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 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

How do you fix ice dams and crawl space insulation in historic homes?

...best to insulate and protect your crawl space from moisture damage. Here is our page on what causes ice dams and how to fix them . Adding gutters to a house s...

Posted by Faith K Feb. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

If the foundation wall has tyvek wrap will it trap moisture?

...best to remove all the poly barrier so the walls can dry out.

Posted by Hos Boss March 9, 2021, 4:42 p.m. Basements improvements 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

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

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...best course of action and if so, here are a few questions we would have if you want to work on it further – Is the basement floor finished? Is it used as li...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...Best practices for basement construction in new homes or renovations The concrete we suggest removing is just the floor, and is only about 3-4 inches thick of...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...best answer is close to what you're suggesting – a heat pump water heater would help, but first I'd be looking at an air source / air to air heat pump . But tel...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...best solutions for you: What climate zone do you live in? Do you have sufficient ventilation in the attic? If not, please see our pages on how to ventilate ...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...best of our knowledge the manufacturing process of Ikea in North America is the same as in Europe where they meet a high standard of low-toxicity for their cabi...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Can you use polyiso insulation on the exterior of a wall behind cedar siding on the west coast?

...best ones for different applications You will read in that article a bit more about the ‘thermal drift’ as the R value and thermal protection is reduced durin...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 28, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...best to contain heat or cool for its intended use. Insulated hot water pipes can keep water warmer for longer , the result can be that a second person using f...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...best profit. That’s just business, so go in with your eyes open. There are a couple of pages we have that I think would be valuable for you can look over - Ho...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

How do you make an airtight house envelope?

...best ERVs and HRVs One last thing I’d mention is this product that my help meet your needs – ThermalWall Passive House certified exterior rigid foam panels . Th...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman Dec. 1, 2020, 2:52 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How thick should EPS foam insulation on basement walls be?

...best ? Do you have space limitations or budget limitations that is having you lean towards 1 inch? Since you will be going to the effort of adding rigid board...

Posted by Derrick R March 17, 2021, 9:13 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses