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

...Canada and have many standard or can make a custom house plan for you There is also Ekobuilt in ontario that focus on a timber frame and sip design.

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

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

Hi there. I'm a sustainability student. I'm designing a wall for cold Canadian temperatures, but I'm unsure where to start. Do you have any design specs? To bu...

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...Canada - Why they are Important I make no judgement of that person, but I would point out that being a professional builder does not always equate to being a ...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...Canada and the US. Where are you located? And I think that system would be particularly advantageous if you did want to create a foundation with a walk out base...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...Canada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heated with electricity. The rest are a mix of wood, pellets, oil and propane , and a very small a...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...Canada considers unsafe for longterm exposure. As a final thought as well, remember that radon isn't only going to enter homes fromt the soil, but radon gas i...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

How do you remove water droplets from under a crawl space vapor barrier?

...Canada. If you've got one here's how to fix it . The condensation under your vapor barrier can be a little disconcerting to look at sometimes and it may seem ...

Posted by Paul Racioppo Feb. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Is sealing basement concrete floor against radon a good idea?

...Canada, he confirmed that the liquid applied barriers are worthless. So, moving on to normal sealants - A bare concrete floor is porous and will stain very easi...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Sept. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...Canada.] All that together should amount to an airtight, well-insulated wall that allows moisture to escape. When you are having plans made, make sure the d...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...Canada and is heated for under $300 a year. Yoda wouldn't live long enough to get his money out of a geothermal install on that house, we put the money into ins...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

Can you add a screen/sun room and deck to a slab on grade?

...Canada, to most locations at least. Where in Northern Canada are you building? Thanks for the quick response Mike an my apologies for the delay in responding. I...

Posted by Pierre Contant July 1, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

What is the payout for converting from gas heat to electric heat?

...Canada (wanting more heat). The heat loss between the two lighting options must be made up by some other electric heat option, i.e. baseboard heating, electric ...

Posted by Fred Beaulac Jan. 24, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Are these homes available in Michigan?

...Canada are currently backlogged till 2022 unfortunately. We are trying to get more manufacturing facilities going so we can meet demand, so it is not impossible...

Posted by Suzanne Loechl Nov. 27, 2020, 1:12 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...Canada, ventilating a crawlspace will not reduce moisture problems , it will add to them as warm and humid summer air can condense on the cooler surfaces. Anoth...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...Canada calls under 200 bq the 'safe' level. I get that you need to pick a point somehwere, and the 'X'amount of anything is a bad thing, but other countries I'v...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

Should I use an air source heat pump in a Passive House?

...Canada and PHIUS . So first you need to pick the one you want to work with, so start on this page here – All you need to know about Passive House Certificatio...

Posted by Iain cunningham March 27, 2019, 9:31 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...Canada is that R20 like you describe is not extreme, nor does it always require a skirt. But without the benefit of a proper climate analysis we cannot make any...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you install rigid insulation to the outside of a brick house"

...Canada? There’s no place in the great white north where you would want to put a vapour barrier on the outside of a building, so hold that thought. Not having an...

Posted by Gordon CASWELL Dec. 13, 2019, 11:38 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses