Building / Discussions

What is the best method of building a slab on grade?

Can you recommend the best method of building an insulated slab on grade suitable for the laurentian mountains in the event that bedrock prevents digging out a...

Posted by Jay Law April 19, 2021, 3:09 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...building guide pages for more on Energy-efficient design, material selection, indoor air quality etc as a start (using either the building guide menu or the sea...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...building guide pages to learn high performance building techniques. An ‘Eco Home’ could take many different forms, but they would share a few common threads. ...

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

What is the best heating system to upgrade a 100 year old building?

...building is that it gets very cold! The building has no gas, electrics only and is currently heated with what I think you could call 2 massive industrial hot ai...

Posted by Rachel Codd Oct. 25, 2021, 3:52 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Where does a vapour barrier go when building a shed in southern Ontario?

...building a shop in my yard. Having obtained a permit I have been subjected to the archaic expectations of the local building department who insist on insulating...

Posted by Charley Nelson Nov. 5, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

What is the best material for building plumbing?

I'm upgrading all plumbing lines. Which material do you say is the best to use for residential plumbing? Copper, PEX, others? You will often see Pex tubing in ...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 3 Responses

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

...buildings made of concrete and stone has to be done with caution. The advice you received to keep it above freezing is likely to prevent further damage from moi...

Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021, 4:54 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do you buy used building materials if they are in good condition?

...building materials, even if you only get a few bucks for them it's better than sending them to a landfill. Check out the page below, it has a list of a few plac...

Posted by Cheryl Nicholson Sept. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...Building Guide pages , and if you don't find all you need, drop us another question here. I am planning on building on east coast in the future and I will be ...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

...building would be to jack it up, (get this done professionally as it is not a safe DIY project) then build a slab and drop it back down. I can’t see how cutti...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

What's cheaper for total building costs, slab on grade or basement?

...building of a subfloor, and means loss of interior space as well as the cost of building stairs. Basically its like this – complexity costs money. The more simp...

Posted by tony wolff Dec. 24, 2020, 3:09 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Will recycled plane insulation pass building regs ? and is it safe to use?

...building a barn and want to use alternative insulation, I honestly have no idea what recycled plane insulation is, details please and we'd be happy to weigh in!...

Posted by lisa Hellewell Nov. 27, 2020, 10:11 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...building site, whether or not the building will be heated, and the weight of the building that will be seated on it. The engineer will specify what type of insu...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...building a custom home. I've done research on contracting, home building, Passive House Certification, etc. I'm by no means an expert but I have some knowledge ...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...building so they last longer There are a few minor tips for deck building that can greatly extend the life of the deck, and particularly the structure underne...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

Where can I find hempwool and hemp Hurd/binder?

...Building Products , we are currently in the process of setting that up, so I would suggest Joining Ecohome as a member for free (we don't spam or share addresse...

Posted by eamonn mcnaughton Aug. 17, 2020, 9:08 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How to sell an item? I have 2 cans of unused deck paint...

...building materials, but check this page for tips on how and where you can find local used building materials online and sell your leftover stock. Where to buy...

Posted by Ashleigh Franklin Dec. 2, 2020, 1:43 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses