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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

Are these prefab kit homes available outside Eastern Canada and US?

...best way to stay in the loop for when we have models ready to be delivered is to become a member of Ecohome for free , we don’t spam our members and we do not t...

Posted by Phil Pooler June 6, 2020, 5:45 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Does marmoleum comes in sheets like linoleum?

...best to glue it directly to the subfloor since an adhesive will generally have a list of materials that it can successfully bond with. So, if you decide to leav...

Posted by Deanna Willer Oct. 1, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Can you use boards instead of sheathing?

...best, and meet Building Code requirements, depends on where you live. Snow loads and typical weather conditions, as well as severe challenges such hurricanes or...

Posted by Stephen Montgomery May 30, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

...best to keep them below 50% RH if possible, certainly below 60%. You have a few questions going on here so I’ll do my best to answer - The insulation won’t ‘add...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Are these homes available in Michigan?

...Best would be to join the Ecohome Network as a member for free (don't worry we don’t spam and you can leave anytime), that way you would get an email notice whe...

Posted by Suzanne Loechl Nov. 27, 2020, 1:12 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 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

It Ottawa zoned for Tiny homes?

...best to check with the city permit office. This page is about Tiny Houses in the US but it may still be valuable to you : How to get help from the Tiny House ...

Posted by May Sizer March 9, 2021, 1:36 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...best windows for high performance homes , and remember that it’s best to have different low E coatings on the south than other sides. Having glazing facing th...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

...best is simply to run with the assumption that it will and put in a membrane. You can see our page here on how to renovate basements so they won't develop mold,...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Do you recommend ERV or HRV system in mild climates or can do away with them?

...best advice : )

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:12 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What thickness of insulation and concrete do you recommend in a floating slab?

...best to leave that to your engineer / designer to determine. Thanks. Very helpful. I second everything Emmanuel says. Extra insulation costs very little, and if...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy April 21, 2021, 7:38 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 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

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...best to proceed. I can say that in general that a block foundation is weaker than a poured foundation, so any cracks should be more closely examined, and bloc...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cathedral ceiling?

...best practice to double strap over the roof and vent anyways. Better to be safe than sorry.

Posted by Raoul Lions Oct. 19, 2019, 8:07 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you lower high radon levels in a basement?

...best bet. An alternative method for radon removal in finished basements is to have a dedicated HRV or ERV in the basement, along with a Radostat radon sensor ...

Posted by Uma Parekh May 22, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Where can I find qualified green builders/modular or prefab homes in Port Townsend WA?

...Best is if you go to the individual model that most interests you and request a quote, if there are multiple models you like you would need to submit a quote re...

Posted by Alyne Galm June 27, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

Hello EcoHome I was wondering, do you offer your home kits to Massachusetts?

...best way to know when they will be available would be to become a free member of Ecohome ( we don’t spam or share email addresses) and you will get a notice whe...

Posted by Kimberly Luce July 23, 2020, 7:26 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses