Build Code / Discussions

Can Ontario contractor easily build home to code?

...Building Code. So as long as your contractor is able to meet any other code requirements, as in basement or slab on grade structural and thermal performance, ...

Posted by Kaylan Ssenfuma March 29, 2021, 3:01 p.m. Building codes 1 Responses

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

I would love to build an off-grid, eco friendly, geothermal Adobe home but I’ve never heard of anyone in Michigan doing so. Is it feasible, and who do I contac...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

...build a house to Passive House standards, is there any way to get around building it exclusively with AC power systems? I would like to build it with at least t...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...code built house while the super insulated house cost more per month due to the added up front building cost. I'd like to aim for the better built house with in...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge 4.0? Can you expand on that a bit please? Not quite sure what you are asking, do you mean and meet Code...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...building code not only allows these methods that are doomed to fail, many building inspectors insist on it. So fear not, there are ways to build basements pro...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How much insulation do you need for a Basement floor in an ICF home?

...building code amount to significant energy loss and needlessly consume homeowners money as well. Given the climate conditions in the Mountains of BC, Canada, I ...

Posted by Gary Abbott Nov. 23, 2020, 1:36 p.m. Basements 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...building code requirements depending on where you are. What is your climate zone or closest city /province / state? Hi Mike, Thank you so much for your inp...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...CODE requires PWF on concreted slab before house can be built Where are you building where code says such a thing? I don't think I really understand the questio...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...builders recommend building a basement instead of a slab on grade mainly because of familiarity . Most don’t know how to build a slab on grade so they tend to s...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...Building Code, and building just to meet Code won't help you in terms of energy efficiency - to think of it in its true essence, 'Building Code' requirements ar...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...building practices virtually guarantee basements will develop mold. The problem lies in the fact that in many cases basement walls are often build the same as a...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...Building Code requirements were in that location at the time of building. My first recommendation would of course be to have a building inspector look it over b...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 2x8 wall?

...building. There is a surprising amount of building products and techniques that are allowed and even encouraged by a lot of building codes that actually make no...

Posted by Michael Sweglar July 8, 2020, 10:43 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...code, at least in terms of being a structural panel. Particular to my installation, and my timber-frame with non-standard (or non-existant) stud-spacing, I am...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

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

...building code) and it is all using the same duct system and the floor just heats independently. I think the starting place for you may actually be to check out ...

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

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...building industry in colder climates does it anyway so you're in good company it isn't a catastrophic mistake (as some other things in building code are) , but ...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 6 Responses

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

...Building Code regulations may also apply, that will determine how big septic bed you need, and whether you can feed it from adjacent cottages. And conceptuall...

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