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What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...best at handling moisture either, so be sure to keep it dry, don't sit it on the concrete floor make sure its up a bit and be sure to keep humidity low down the...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

Which is the best exterior insulation board to make a cottage 3 season?

Hello, our house built in 1920 untouched save for a simple kitchen. It's walls are toung and groove pine. No heat no insulation just the wainscotting walls. Th...

Posted by Sharon Challingsworth April 23, 2021, 7:16 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...best way to build a basement that we would suggest is to build a fully insulated raft slab first, then build ICF walls on top . See the Geo-Slab frost protected...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.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 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 way to super insulate the exterior of our 1975 four level split home?

Our idea is to 'double strap' the exterior. First, the siding is in excellent condition and is the masonite type that was fairly common in the that time period...

Posted by Dan LLC Properties Dec. 26, 2020, 4:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...best was to seal the complete cottage foot print when there is not enough room to get under the building? How would moisture affect this area and how would be t...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the exterior of a post and beam timber frame with rigid insulation?

Building a 24 X 50 Post and Beam Barn. Planning to insulate on the exterior with no interior insulation as I wish to keep the bones of the barn exposed interna...

Posted by Ron Busch Nov. 12, 2021, 2:53 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...best left to licenced HVAC installers. All too often a DIY ventilation job or one done by an overly-confident but inexperienced general contractor will lead to ...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best material to use for wall and roof insulation?

...best home insulation , you’ll find a list of the pros and cons of different types of insulation here on this page – What is the best insulation for a home? ...

Posted by Babak K July 12, 2020, 8:43 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Preferred lumber type for framing. DF or YP

I have a 4 story apartment to frame. Is one type of wood any better than another? Say, southern yellow pine, vs. douglas fur, or any other options. Choosing th...

Posted by Mike Thompson April 17, 2021, 12:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best flood prevent system for a home?

...best way to prevent flood damage in basements is with proper drainage and sump pumps, but I suspect you may specifically be referring to sewage backup. To be cl...

Posted by Dawn Wlezien July 15, 2021, 10:30 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

What is your advice on exterior wall insulation for a tiny home?

...best tiny house we’ve seen so far - How to Build Tiny Houses on Wheels for Cold Climates We say its the best mostly because it is sufficiently insulated, wh...

Posted by Mitch Fowler Aug. 27, 2020, 7:04 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

How would you insulate a shipping container house?

...best option.

Posted by Randy Moory July 20, 2021, 7:02 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Can we make a well insulated timber frame home?

We have Douglas fir on our property and would like to use them for a post and beam style home. But is it reasonable to also expect to have a well sealed and in...

Posted by Jeremy Sewall Feb. 18, 2021, 1:47 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...best surfaces to collect and store heat. But the energy gains are not nearly significant enough to be worth living on a floor that you just don’t like. You may ...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

...best to just use straight hemp that you have, since there isn't any need for structural support, so all the concrete will do is reduce the insulation value. and...

Posted by Chryss James Nov. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do I condition my crawl space with a dirt floor?

I have a 3 foot and 4 foot drop level crawl with a part basement attached. 650 square feet. It has sand floor and below grade concrete walls. the access to the...

Posted by Ryan Reichelt Nov. 27, 2020, 12:25 a.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses