Canada / Discussions

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

...Canada, is not likely a region in desperate need of alternative water solutions such as this. Were you to take the water from your roof and simply divert it awa...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 1 Responses

Where can I find qualified green builders/modular or prefab homes in Port Townsend WA?

...Canada and the US We can't get you one right way in Washington but we are hoping to be able to supply energy efficient prefab houses to the West Coast in US a...

Posted by Alyne Galm June 27, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

How do you get rid of mold in a bathroom?

...Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation): as a guideline they consider an area of one square meter or less affected by mold as a ‘small area’. An ‘average area’...

Posted by Sara Oct. 28, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...Canada does. However, it can sometimes be tricky getting a building inspector to sign off on a wall design they haven’t seen before, like for example the hous...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What’s the best option for buying a prefab house in Montana?

...Canada , so they are (or at least will soon be) available in Montana. You can request a quote for each individual model, though currently demand is pretty high ...

Posted by Jennifer Curtis Jan. 18, 2021, 7:43 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...Canada. Below grade 8’ total height, (2’ above grade, 6’below). Polyiso tightly butted together but not taped & in direct contact with/held against, inside of...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...Canada. We have been thinking of completely renovating our current home but then came across the option of the Pre Fab Kit. Could we speak with someone directly...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...Canada, in which case it is a likely yes, the vapour barrier is best at the 2/rds point if possible, but where exactly in Canada are you? What you propose see...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

I live in Sudbury Canada in a 1959 bungalow and the basement is always humid and the dehumidifier runs constantly. It also costs a fortune to heat. I was advis...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...Canada, and even more in the colder regions. Read more on sub-slab insulation here.

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...Canada) that it could freeze. As for pipes, you can tape around them, and you can see how in this video on how to create a radon barrier in a slab on grade .

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...Canada That page also has a building science basics video, watch that as it will help you understand the steps involved as well. Without knowing where you are...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...Canada or the middle to upper US states, it would be foolish not to insulate a basement floor of a new home under construction. In Manitoba, Canada, adding 2 in...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...Canada, the Earthship organization, as near as we can tell, still clings to the delusion that an Eartship stays warm in all climates, which is patently false. ...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...Canada. As we become older, we plan to live in the house for longer durations. Given this, what would be a sensible approach in building this house? Of course...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Where can I find hempwool and hemp Hurd/binder?

...Canada and the US . We should be up and running very soon!

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

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...Canada and the US would not necessarily be available there is another thing, but best I can do would be tell you how we’d do it in Canada, and no doubt yours is...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

How much insulation do you need for a Basement floor in an ICF home?

...Canada, I would personally be putting about 6 inches below grade as well. have a look at this page here – How much insulation does a basement need? Hopefull...

Posted by Gary Abbott Nov. 23, 2020, 1:36 p.m. Basements 1 Responses