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What is the best way to seal around windows?

...best, see here ! As for the other windows, it may be worth pulling off some trim for a look, and you will of course be an expert after you get that first one ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 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

In ICF Construction, what is a good thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...best method to support very heavy sliding doors and eliminate thermal bridging when building with ICF? I really like the Legalett Thermasill product, but it loo...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 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

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

I have read that heating a product will cause it to release any VOCs, do you have a preferred product for hot water pipe insulation that won’t off-gas into hom...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What insulation should you use to cover the ground GEODESIC Dome?

...best help you – What is your climate zone? And will the floor be carrying the weight of the building? Do you have plans drawn and a building permit yet? Yours...

Posted by Vincent Warwick Oct. 1, 2020, 2:09 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

Hi there, we live on the gulf islands, building a new home as owner builders and figuring it out as we go. I worry that being in such a damp environment for so...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I put on the exterior of my new home?

...best rigid insulation for exterior walls . Our recommendation would be that whatever insulation type you choose, extra R value beyond building code is always ...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...best way for you, we just need a bit more info - Where are you located? (City or climate zone) Is your crawlspace humid? (A hydrometer is cheap to buy and...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...best rated on the market today. A heat pump rated to -15 C will be all I am looking for. What would you recommend and why? I forgot to address the post about ...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the perfect wall assembly?

I plan to build in the spring of 2021 and the intention is to super insulate my solar passive house. Your video on ''build the perfect wall - top tips'' is ver...

Posted by Paul Drouin Sept. 17, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Best small ventilation HRV or ERV for a camper van or tiny house?

Seems the only technology now available is a roof fan and an open window for ventilating my tiny home, which isn't a good solution in hot or cold climates. Ide...

Posted by Ron Timmins June 6, 2020, 8:05 a.m. Tiny house 5 Responses

Can you use spray foam Insulation under a slab?

...best choice by a long shot, but under a slab is not the place. On this page you can see what we like and don’t like about spray foam and why – 4th generation ...

Posted by Linda Martin April 6, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is an Alternative ground cover to grass for a yard that gets wet and shady where kids play ?

...best Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards? That pages should give you some alternatives to consider, but we wouldn’t be able to help you much...

Posted by Hillary Fairbanks Sept. 4, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives 1 Responses

What is the best choice for me, HRV or ERV?

...best air exchange system. Thanks, John How to choose between an HRV and ERV (Heat Recovery Ventilator and Energy Recovery Ventilator for those not familiar) com...

Posted by John Oakes Jan. 10, 2020, 11:04 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Heco topix screws - which type should be used for attaching insulation outside a house?

Attaching battens through 4" EPS foam external insulation, should Therm Insulation or Stainless screws be used? Is it necessary to have the double thread desig...

Posted by Mike Taylor April 7, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Materials and resources 2 Responses

How can I insulate an interior back wall that is NOW an exterior back wall?

I had an interior porch torn down and had an exterior porch built. Now the back wall to the building is letting in cold air. I need to insulate the building. W...

Posted by Sabrina Ross Sept. 21, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses