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What is the best ERV on the market ?

...best', it may not have the best ROI. We've tried different brands over the years, We used a Venmar ERV in our last demo house build and we are very happy with...

Posted by Brandon Phelps April 18, 2020, 12:09 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

What do you recommend to use for flooring? Real wood, engineered wood, any particular brand? Also for kitchen and bathroom floor, what do you recommend to use ...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

If cost was not a concern, what would you recommend is the best material (durable, high quality) to use for Water Resistive Barrier on top of Plywood? I have h...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

...Best practices for basement construction for new homes and renovations

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

What type of batting insulation is best for kids rooms that are being remodeled?

...best insulation. For finding non-toxic and natural building materials for home renovations, I would first point you to this page that lists different types of i...

Posted by HyungMi Kook Oct. 14, 2021, 8:27 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best brand for ductless mini-split HVAC system?

...best brand for ductless mini-split? I heard good reviews for Mitsubishi Electric and Fujitsu. Any recommendations? Our recommendation to find the best ductless ...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 11:22 p.m. Heating and cooling 2 Responses

What are the best air-quality solutions for processing cigarette smoke?

...best option based on my research. Thoughts?

Posted by Jordan Hoffman March 18, 2021, 2:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...best for decking and for how to build durable deck that will last you will find what you need on this page - 10 top tips for deck building so they last longer...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

Which radiant floor heat is best?

...best type of radiant floor? To give a quick summary though, forget gas and just think electric – the efficiency of electric resistance heating doesn’t change ...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 25, 2020, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...best when insulating the cripple wall and rim joists? Of the methods you list, myself I would go with the rigid EPS and see if you can make it continuous with t...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...best type of framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? Is traditional stick frame with dimensional lumber better tha...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...best for my specific climate. If it makes a difference, I intend to have some sort of slab foundation with air heated piping, as well as a wood burning stove. T...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...best way for us to finish and insulate our basement so it's easy to heat and doesn't get mold problems in the future? We're thinking of doing this job ourselves...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1930s brick house from the outside?

...best practice. Thank you Stephane.Marcotte Toronto Ontario Insulating a home from the outside is the least obtrusive way most of the time, and there are...

Posted by Stephane Marcotte Sept. 2, 2021, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...best insulation Under 2" Cement slab Roof for energy efficiency and water leaks? Maybe 2 layers? The base for the roof will be Metal beams. Thanks, Rafael, Br...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Which is the best basement ceiling insulation?

Hello, The basement ceiling/first floor of my house is insulated with 3 1/2" faced fiberglass with the vapor barrier on the house side (not pointed downward ...

Posted by David Boone Jan. 9, 2021, 4:38 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

What's the best detector & alarm for a back flow valve that has been installed by the utility?

...best detector to fit? Hey there Tom, we have an article on one of our favorite backwater valves here , but this is really a full system - so if you wish to inst...

Posted by Tom Poe March 27, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...best approach. Thank you We advise against spray foaming any rim joists that are wet set in concrete because they are highly vulnerable to moisture movement...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses