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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 way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

I have a 1780 brick federal with fieldstone foundation in New York State - all original. I'm trying to figure out how best to insulate the foundation walls. ...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat a home with solar panels?

...best method of heating the house. Most people in this area seem to use propane for heat but we are thinking in floor heat and an electric furnace. Are we on t...

Posted by Oliver Williamson Oct. 26, 2020, 2:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 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 underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...best type of insulation (both underlay and overlay of the electric heating system). My main concerns and fire and offgassing. (ie; which insulation will not giv...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

What's the best way to seal a crawl space and insulate?

Hi I was wondering what's the best way to seal a crawl space and insulate? Currently it is a vented space. Should the vents be closed permanently? The floor jo...

Posted by Steven Johnston Feb. 23, 2021, 12:35 p.m. Crawl spaces 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

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 is the best way to finish a basement with exposed pink fiberglass insulation?

...best way to cover up the insulation without boxing in the pipes that cross lower than the ceiling joists. Could pine boards be fitted between the joists up agai...

Posted by Claudia Fieo Oct. 6, 2020, 10:48 a.m. Basements improvements 0 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

What is the best wall for a house by the sea in New Brunswick?

...best products, the order of application/installation, etc.) to get the most efficient and durable air/water/vapor barrier. We would like to get expert advice,...

Posted by Nathalie Lacaille Jan. 6, 2021, 9:36 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 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

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...best for environmental reasons to help us make a decent choice. Thanks! Insulating basements with spray foam is not uncommon , and in most cases works very well...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 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

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...best to apply a skim coat of mortar, like Type S to parge and even the surfaces, then add my EPS? I am planning on insulating my Cold Room (area below my porc...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...best for different applications EPS or Rockwool are typically our preferred products for basements due to their resiliency when exposed to moisture, where Pol...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate exterior walls of a mid-70's Pioneer Log home?

...best route for insulation is an air barrier applied to the exterior then insulation then an exterior like painted wood or something engineered. Should we use a ...

Posted by Keith McDevitt Nov. 15, 2020, 12:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...best way to build a wall, it is just what we settled on. That house is insulated with Rockwool Mineral wool insulation . Our latest demo house was insulated wit...

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses