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Can you use a Lunos E2 HRV System to circulate air between two floors?

Am wanting some fans that work in pairs to circulate air between my basement and main floor. Have a long 1100 sq ft house from the 60s (you know the one). Hopi...

Posted by Richard Kolla May 20, 2020, 1 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

...best options for prefab materials / kits. All of the prefab eco-friendly modular kit houses in our Kit home pages are available in Quebec, Ontario and Northern ...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do you do off grid water and waste management?

...best one to go with and an idea of cost in B.C. Canada

Posted by suzanne Gardner-Clark Sept. 9, 2020, 4:47 p.m. 0 Responses

What is the best approach to insulate the floor in a tiny home, built on a trailer?

I am looking for best approach to insulating a deck over trailer. -frame is 2x6 steel tubing 24" oc (wheel wells under the floor frame) -ideally i do not w...

Posted by Dustin Hartwig May 28, 2020, 4:31 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...best place for you to start is figuring out what your budget is to make repairs, as that is a rather extensive list. The best way we can help at this point is...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...best for this application. My main concern is vapour/moisture issues between the rigid insulation and buffalo board. My original plan was to remove aluminum s...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to put siding on an older home without causing it to rot?

...best to leave the insulbrick on, strap it with 1"x3" lumber, mount the siding to the strapping and don't bother insulating at all. I don't want to create a situ...

Posted by Richard Reinert April 18, 2021, 12:32 p.m. 0 Responses

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

I live in Manitoba, north of Winnipeg, in zone 7, roughly 2 kilometres from a large river. We are looking to build a new home and weighing the pros and cons of...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 1 Responses

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

The building will be in U.S. climate zone 4. 60 inches of annual rain. Hot and very dry summers. Since it is wildfire prone, fire resistance is needed. Simple ...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...best to check if you have a radon gas problem, read more here - How to remove radon gas from basements and crawl spaces Solutions: The first thing we would ...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Where to get good tape for taping air barriers?

...best to source them online and they get shipped directly to you. And, I woul say it really is worth it. The solvents in lower-quality building tapes that you ea...

Posted by Frank Suerich-Gulick Sept. 12, 2020, 7:25 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?

...best interest to keep it in heat pump mode, and only have it running off gas or electricity in rare cases of high demand for hot water. A larger reservoir wou...

Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...Best Practices for Insulating Crawlspaces I like your plan for laying down the 6-mil poly barrier, on the floor, without that moisture from the ground will be...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

I am about to start a full strip out and rebuild of my basement to make a secondary suite. I've been reading all the information on the site and find it very u...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...best of those will let you make modifications to meet your specific needs. We like a lot of those options, but our favorite are prefab kit houses for sure, espe...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What are the best Wall and Roof insulation choices and rain screen?

I am doing renovation and addition to the house and trying to make it as airtight as possible. After reading through multiple articles and your responses I was...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman March 15, 2021, 3:32 p.m. 0 Responses

Does the basement construction information on this website apply to the climates in Canada?

...Best of course is that you start a fresh thread with your specific question. Hope that helps! Building better basements: how to insulate your basement prope...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 17, 2020, 9:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...best method for insulating crawl spaces or basements starts with knowing the temperatures that it will be exposed to. Important to remember is that concrete blo...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses