Building materials / Discussions

How can I insulated the outside walls of a workshop without doing harm?

...buildings and houses is the really the best way, but you do need to be careful so as not to use the wrong materials or the wrong thicknesses of materials, to en...

Posted by Charley Nelson Aug. 27, 2021, 9:28 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Where can I find certified Green builders in Ontario?

Good day, We love your site and all the pertaining information & knowledge that is shared on the green building industry. We are truly grateful for the high ...

Posted by David Gonzalez March 25, 2020, 4:14 p.m. Planning and Design 1 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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