Building materials / Discussions

What type and how to install an insulated metal flue pipe ,through a tiled roof?

I am planning to have a free standing fire place installed into my lounge, but need some clarity on the above mentioned question. the building is a brick and m...

Posted by david joseph July 25, 2020, 7:10 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 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 is the proper location of a vapor barrier in a home in New York State?

...materials will have to go to a landfill whereas if you did it with batt insulation both the batts and studs could be reused. About the toxicity, yes you are w...

Posted by Michael Boice Jan. 15, 2022, 10:18 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 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

Compared to pre-fab wall assemblies - how does ICF Construction fare?

...materials such as 2x4s and insulation being delivered to a building site to sit in the rain will soon be considered as ridiculous as having car parts delivered ...

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

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

Where can I find a professional to remove mold from a basement?

...building codes force builders into basement building practices that lead to the very problem you are experiencing, and the biggest problem is the inclusion of a...

Posted by Lorna Fraser Oct. 29, 2021, 8:06 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Cost to install alternative wall panels to drywall?

...materials/labour would likely not be much more than $3-5/sq ft. Thanks! Drywall is not the only way to finish walls, though it is the most common, and in most...

Posted by Adrian Baerlocher Nov. 12, 2021, 3:58 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 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 are the pros and cons of building a house on a slab on grade foundation?

...building materials to a landfill for no reason. For pipes- you can run water lines inside conduits so if there ever was an issue you can slide it out, but there...

Posted by Debra Kroening Jan. 5, 2022, 1:29 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 6 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...Building Better Basements: How to Insulate your Basement Properly Thank you for the info. The mold guy just said to lay the Owen's corning board on top of...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 16 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...materials carefully – natural insulation materials and non-toxic building materials protect indoor air quality , and will usually pollute less during manufactur...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 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

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

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

...building a R.E.M.O.T.E wall, read more about that here . What that means, is if you have 3.5 inches of fiberglass in the stud cavities, you can add about 7 inch...

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