Building materials / Discussions

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...building this house? Of course, we are interested in health/comfort, lower energy cost and longevity during the ownership of the house. Basement space is a nice...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

I need to pull the cellulose from the attic, I have a radiant barrier on the attic ceiling and floor. I am removing the cellulose, but what non toxic insulatio...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should our HRV keep our humidity lower than 40%, even in the cold months?

...building materials, and general human occupation of a home such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc, and whether or not you have sufficient source removal in the...

Posted by Kim Clement Feb. 8, 2021, 5:43 p.m. Ventilation 5 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...building materials from the risk of any water damage.

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

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...Building Materials Research Report by the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. these materials are listed as incompatible. Vinyl siding has a high coefficient of exp...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...building circles, but we think that EPS insulation may be the best option in the long-term, read more here – Is EPS foam is an eco-friendly insulation? Rega...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

I find the air in my apartment stale and I don't much like the smell. I don't think it's cooking smells and I don't smoke, I just think its the whole building ...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...building our own simple design but know we'd need help, advice, resources, etc to make it happen - we're coming in from Montreal, so we're not very familiar wit...

Posted by Jennifer Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

I'm designing our new home in Anchorage, Alaska (building zone 7) to be insulated to R-40 or better ICF walls and an appropriate level of insulation in the roo...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...building materials

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Do you have any tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

...building supply stores that will eat away at organic materials. I personally have a jar of one called Bio-clean that has worked great on several occasions in th...

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

...materials actually perform a little better the colder it gets, polyiso is the opposite and its R value tends to drop when it is exposed to cold temperatures, wh...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...materials or cost comparisons? There are a variety of products and techniques, I’m glad you found our relevant pages but I will still go over some general infor...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...building on a slab. Hey Matthew, Where are you building, and how big? Geothermal is a costly but noble undertaking as it extracts heat from the ground, and unle...

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

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...materials . Also in general I would point you towards these pages about renovations in general, how to find reliable gren home builders builders , and this on...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the best material to build kitchen cabinets with?

...building materials you can choose from. What material is best for a Non-toxic/Off-gas Countertop in your opinion? Here is our page about Kitchen Counter Optio...

Posted by Rebecca Lisle Naugher Sept. 19, 2021, 2:28 p.m. Kitchens 5 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...materials they are using, or that there actually are different properties. You are for sure on the right track, and here is a video on building science basics t...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...building basements properly in new homes - Best practices for building basements in new homes Now that we got that stuff out of the way.... here are some mo...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses