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What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

...best to make sure that you only use products that are vapor permeable. Here is our page on Choosing the best rigid insulation , you may also want to check out...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do can I insulate an existing basement floor from 1906?

...best and how much you have room for. But in general, here is a good page to start on – How much insulation does a basement need? As for carrying out the wor...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 18, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What experience do you have with techno piles?

They seem to have many ecological strong points - once one has decided not to go the basement route. What in floor heating system - if any - would you recommen...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

Concrete block basement wall. Moisture issue in spring ( and I suspect fall). We get a lot of people asking about the best way to insulate a cinder block (CMU)...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Insulation on interior or exterior of frost wall - or both - for floating slab?

...Best practices for basement construction Footings seated unprotected in wet ground will always absorb moisture and draw it up into foundation walls, which in ...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy Oct. 4, 2021, 9:20 a.m. Slab on Grade 5 Responses

Is insulating an existing home from the outside a good solution?

We bought a home that had been recently remodelled - everything about the interior is to our liking. However, we firmly believe the insulation is inadequate. W...

Posted by Cate Prichard June 26, 2021, 3:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF block construction 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

Do you have an updated recommendation for attaching exterior mineral wool insulation?

Do you have an updated recommendation for attaching exterior mineral wool you built a few years ago? The way we attached mineral wool insulation on the LEED Pl...

Posted by Fred D Aug. 31, 2020, 1:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

What is the best way to insulate from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Here is an article that will give you a starting place about tea...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...best way of insulating exterior walls from the outside we've written a guide page here. Some rigid board insulations are a vapour barrier, some are not. Some ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 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. Greywater Recycling 0 Responses

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

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

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. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 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

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