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In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...best is to drop the large windows and go for smaller openings, but the building site was just begging for that sweet forest view in our case, so with the view a...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...Best? There are some cases when a basement makes more sense, like urban infill lots with height restrictions, but even then we’d go with an ICF hybrid to avoi...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 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

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...best bet financially into the future. First things first – do your radiators overheat the house then shut off for long periods of time letting the house cool ...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...best not to insulate the joists over your head and just heat that space instead. See here our page on How to insulate a crawlspace floor , and please feel free ...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

How do you insulate an attic in Victorian House in Massachusetts?

I could use some advice on how to add insulation to my house. My house qualifies for a state of Massachusetts program to add cellulose insulation to my attic...

Posted by dan sagalyn Dec. 5, 2020, 11:30 p.m. 0 Responses

How should I insulate under a concrete hydronic slab on stilts?

...best left to a hydronic supplier, Uponor is a brand we used in that video to design the zones for us.

Posted by Cam Smith Feb. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...Best? Reading that page will give you a better idea of what to look for in a slab. And the first question in my mind would be if it was heated. If it isn't th...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the process to seal a house using Aero barrier spray?

...best at diligently installing an air barrier. The particles need some sort of substrate to adhere to, it isn't a coating thick enough that you could forgo an *a...

Posted by Santiago Pacheco Feb. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...best way to insulate a roof depends on how it is currently built. Let us know from bottom up if you can, and your climate zone as well. SIPs is certainly a poss...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...Best? I would also consider checking with the Passive Hous`e Institute to see if they could provide you with a list of certified manufacturers that you could ...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...Best? But to address your questions specifically, I've included your questions in the response to make it easier for both of us - 1. Cost - I know a slab is...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...best things about smart membranes is that they 'look' like typical vapor barriers when inspectors come by, but they are more breathable. Building Code has not k...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...Best practices for insulating would be very different for example between Southern Ontario and Nothern Ontario. You may have seen this, but here is a video of...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...best? We also have this page that will top up your understanding, about choosing house sheathing. In here you will learn some of our concerns about all in one...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 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 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

Is the S1600 Ecohome prefab kit house available in Collingwood, Ontario?

...best is to sign up to get a quote for a prefab home at the bottom of that page, that way you will in the queue to have one delivered as soon as possible.

Posted by Barbara Puckering June 6, 2021, 11:09 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses