Building on a tight budget / Discussions

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...a higher R value per dollar wall assembly. If you are planning ICF and Passive house, I would suggest having a look at ThermalWall, a rigid insulation panel d...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

What considerations should be made when installing a green roof on a metal building?

...ase; are you considering leaving the metal on the roof and doing a green roof on top, is that what you mean by a ‘metal building’? Are you planning on building ...

Posted by Nina Flores Feb. 16, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...ather the Canadian climate, and cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovation at college (at age 47) which covers sustainable construction...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...ation) is a more affordable way to start a house than a basement. 4 – Material selection affects cost: for example - you can spend a thousand dollars on a kit...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...ar panels and have access to a variety of machines for digging and clearing land, and I know if I can create a reasonable plan I can get friends and family on b...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...ation leaving a gap all the way around so as to spray expanded foam to fill the gap between the studs and plates, to create an air tight wall (as tight as I can...

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

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...ondensation on insulation side of VB in two areas, about ten feet each, one on an original basement wall, one on a section of new. Condensation was ground-level...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 42 Responses