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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 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 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's the best lumber for framing a house?

...Best Wood Types for Framing Homes? CLS wood is an acronym for Canadian Lumber Standard , and it is manufactured using Kiln-dried fir, Pine or Spruce, dependin...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 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 heating system to upgrade a 100 year old building?

...Best wishes Rachel Before helping you choose a heating system, I have a few questions about the building itself. What type of building is this, how big is it, a...

Posted by Rachel Codd Oct. 25, 2021, 3:52 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What’s the best option for buying a prefab house in Montana?

...best way to stay in formed is to Join the Ecohome Network as a free member and you will get a newsletter notice as soon as we have more available. Hope that hel...

Posted by Jennifer Curtis Jan. 18, 2021, 7:43 a.m. Architecture and plan design 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 material to build kitchen cabinets with?

...best for a Non-toxic/Off-gas Countertop in your opinion? Here is our page about Kitchen Counter Options for Sustainable Green Homes , these are all great alte...

Posted by Rebecca Lisle Naugher Sept. 19, 2021, 2:28 p.m. Kitchens 5 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

I watched your videos with much interest but wasn't sure about the "trench" type perimeter "grade beam" in terms of supporting the house structure, and the fac...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...best products. Does that help or answer your questions?

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab foundation on a slope?

The grade on the building site drops 8 feet over 72 feet. Is it feasible and cost effective to build three slab foundations that step down in order to deal wit...

Posted by keri gelenian Nov. 23, 2020, 6:32 p.m. Foundation choices 2 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

We live in Bellingham WA and our basement was built in the 70's. It has high humidity (70-80%RH) although I don't see any visible damp anywhere. The washer/dry...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 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

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...best HRV or ERV is, first I would point you to this page we already have – Choosing between an HRV and ERV That should probably answer your questions, and y...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...best insulated from the exterior to keep them warm, but it doesn’t sound like that is your plan. You need to be careful when insulating the interior of a block ...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...Best practices for basement construction Sewage backup valve Storm water management

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to install slab on grade insulation?

I am planning on building a small house 35 x30 that will sit on a slab on grade. I'm planning on installing some kind of wood floor so my question is. Would it...

Posted by paul fowler Aug. 26, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses