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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

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

I contacted several concrete polishers and they each told me something different. Some say use epoxy, some say don’t, I've even had some people suggest wax or ...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Air source heat pumps: Which brand has the best performance?

I need a 3 or 4 zone ductless air source system in the 24,000 BTU range. Suggestions? When looking for a heat pump for a home, we would recommend checking th...

Posted by Mike Brigham Jan. 22, 2020, 9:25 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

I live in NM where the temperature gets below freezing in winter and around 100 degrees in summer. In my small mechanical room I have a propane boiler and an i...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

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'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 do a basement renovation?

...best practices for basement renovations? Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes As for vapor barriers on basement walls, as you would r...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

Building a 24 X 50 Post and Beam barn. Thinking of applying 2 layers of 4 " (8" total) of rigid insulaton, offset seams on top of 1 X 8 sheathing. Seams of top...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

...best and where to use them While most insulation materials actually perform a little better the colder it gets, polyiso is the opposite and its R value tends ...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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 heat an off grid home?

...best bet is to have a very good thermal envelope to reduce the heat load and, if possible, orient the house for passive solar heating . Both of those design pri...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 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 would be the best alternative to chemical treatment for outdoor pools?

We are looking for ecological options instead of chemicals for a pool, what are your recommendations? Our favorite alternative to chlorinated backyard pools is...

Posted by Ladka Heidari April 19, 2020, 6:24 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...best to keep the humidity to below 50% RH. Let us know what else you have down there, because if you insulate between the joists then it's likely (or ‘inevitabl...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the exterior walls of an older home?

...best to install a vapour open exterior insulation so you don’t trap moisture inside the walls, which is why we most often recommend installing some sort of Mine...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...best insulation really depends on individual circumstances, learn more here - What is the best insulation for a home? And we’re always happy to discuss eco ...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 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 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 1 Responses