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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 exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...best? I assume at least some of the insulation will still be exposed above grade, correct? Did you have a finishing plan for that? If not exposed to direct su...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 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 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

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

Good Day, I just bought a 2.5 acres property house in Thorne Quebec. I would like to renovate the house to its maximum potential including solar panels to be t...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

I have a crawlspace with 4' concrete walls and a cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam b...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 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 option for building our next resilient home?

...best way to keep costs down is to keep the size down and the design simple, so take time to consider how big a home you really need.

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...best to remove it if you still can since the concrete will continue to absorb moisture and in turn the wood will continue to absorb moisture as well and begin t...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...best bet at this point is to contact a septic engineer , as they are the ones that would need to design a system and size it appropriately and regional Building...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

Background: House attached on both sides, built in 1875, in Montreal. Two stories and a basement. Main and 2nd floor have wood floors that I don't intend to ch...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

My fiance and I are building our first home. We purchased some basic house plans that are designed for a slab on grade home. I am really leaning towards slab o...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

...best roof material to use? Here is our page on choosing the best roofing materials , have a look there and you may find all the answers you need. Once you kno...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I use ?

1820 farmhouse..2nd floor I heated...restoring 1st floor bedroom ceiling leaving beams exposed. What is best insulation that will be moisture, fire retardant, ...

Posted by Dawn Wood Feb. 5, 2021, 12:02 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...best performance from your windows and to reduce thermal bridging through the rough opening, they are best set inside a bit. You can see a thermal image of heat...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 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