Building materials / Discussions

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...building materials saves money and saves useable materials from ending up in a landfill. See here for more on how to build solar air heaters - DIY solar air h...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 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

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

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...building is sitting on bedrock or if it has enough clean 3/4" stone around it (no organic materials and no fines), frost would be unable to form, so no skirt wo...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 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

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

...buildings often take a bit of time to dry out, so it would not be unusual that in the first winter there would be higher levels of humidity as building material...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...materials. My question is where do we start? Who do we ask? Who do we hire? How much money do we need? Any ideas or brainstorms are welcome. An Earthship is n...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...building science for your climate to design your wall, no matter the materials you choose to use. Assuming you are in a cold climate, you would still need som...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best material to use on top of plywood for water proofing?

...building already? Thanks Mike! I'm still in the design phase. Hasn't started constructionyet. I read the article you referenced, very insightful. Also watched...

Posted by Babak K July 27, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...materials: 6 mil Poly against the wall for moisture and radon protection, 2" rigid XPS foam board insulation held in place with the special plastic pegs (since ...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses