Cheaper / Discussions

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...cheaper to build a basement for my new home or would it be cheaper to build a slab on grade and add an extra room - also, which is going to be more efficient to...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

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

I posted this elsewhere before i found this page: i am trying to decide on slab on grade vs basement for TOTAL cost. While i know SOG is cheaper than basemen...

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

Should I use Tesla Solar Tiles instead of mounted solar panels?

Is it feasible to encorporate Tesla Tiles on my EcoHome S1600? Additionally, is the there a discount for providing a roof from a another company? The orienta...

Posted by Philip Benson March 10, 2021, 10:07 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

Can you use a Lunos E2 HRV System to circulate air between two floors?

...cheaper than a full HRV/ERV system or reducting the basement. Using a Lunos ductless air exchanger (or ProductAir ductless ERVs ) to circulate air between 2 flo...

Posted by Richard Kolla May 20, 2020, 1 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...cheaper than a foundation. Thanks for any help. Additions and small buildings are often built on screw piles, so sure, you can do it. But there are a few advant...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...cheaper than the CLS but I don't know whether these are going to be ok for framing as they seem pretty green? What does anyone think? (Great website BTW) You ...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...cheaper option. With the environmental impacts being less severe, I really want to go this route. As with your project we are banking on the slab being cheaper ...

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

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...cheaper but having a basement that we can finish allows for a smaller footprint with less walls and roof material. Is there a big difference in cost? 2. Acces...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...cheaper/eco friendly material ideas I could use because I want to build this mostly diy on a small budget. Thanks! A bottom temperature of 0°F (or about -18°C...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

What heating system to use in my new detached garage/shop?

...cheaper but I also like hydronic because I could try to retrofit other system with it in the future, like passive solar water heater. What is the best choice?...

Posted by David Perreault Dec. 4, 2020, 10:23 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 0 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...cheaper than the houses we currently build. We do have this page that walks you through all the options you just mentioned - How to choose a wall system for h...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What is the best material for building plumbing?

...cheaper to install than copper piping . The main speed advantage with installing pex tubing comes from the fact that it is flexible, so you can bend it rather t...

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

What is the cost per square foot to build 1600 square feet on one floor?

...cheaper to build that a basement. Aside from those general pages, another determining factor for calculating the cost per square foot is the level of complica...

Posted by Steven Kohl April 20, 2021, 9:43 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

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

...cheaper than a (properly built*) full basement foundation, and a polished concrete floor is about as cheap a finished floor surface as you can get and very dura...

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?

...cheaper than an elaborate footprint. Think about the added labour every time you come to a corner – framing, drywalling, siding, trim inside and out, etc., it s...

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

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...cheaper and more effective solution to better distribute heat, if you can just replace an overhead light fixture with a combination light and ceiling fan. • F...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...cheaper and easier install, and there would be no maintenance costs. As for your solar water heater ‘heat storage battery’, you already have that – the concre...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...cheaper and less environmentally harmful, read more here about the performance and characteristics of foam panels – Choosing rigid foam insulation panels, whi...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses